Meet the Author

Jennifer started out as a writer for National Geographic EXPLORER and other top media organizations before taking a major left turn to pursue another passion - music. Packing up her life, she moved to California to start her own record label, recorded several CDs, and toured the country as a singer/songwriter. She performed all over, from the Kennedy Center and Dodgers' Stadium to festivals big and small, and from top music clubs around the country to people's living rooms. Her songs have been placed on major TV shows and in ads around the world, and she has been the voice for several international ad campaigns (and even sang the theme song for a cartoon series.)

 

After ten years in the music business, she walked away from it all to pursue her other passion - conservation - and moved to South Africa to work as a photographer, researcher, writer, and educator in conservation on game reserves. She's worked with rhino (black and white), cheetah, wild dogs, hyena, meerkats, and lions, and also trained as a vet tech. Her writing and photography appear in media such as Nat Geo, the Endangered Wildlife Trust, WWF, Africa Geographic, Travel + Leisure, and Afar.

 

In June of 2019, she published her first full-length novel, a middle-grade children’s book about the life of a little praying mantis she raised. Called Santiago: True Tales of A Little Bug in a Big World, the book garnered rave reviews and won a Moonbeam Children's Book Award. It was also a finalist in the American Book Awards. In November of 2019, she released a new CD of music, The Sum of All Things.

 

A member of the Music to Life roster, she is now combining her music, her book, and her photography and touring the country offering a number of different edutainment workshops that integrate art and science, promote environmental and social stewardship, and help audiences of all ages find and embrace their unique creative voice. She also teaches photography and songwriting.

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