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Jen Dodrill
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Jen Dodrill is married and is the mother of five adult children and grandmother of three, two girls and a boy. She homeschooled for thirteen years, taught Oral Communication for her local community college, and is a ‘retired’ Navy wife. After her youngest graduated high school, Jen started writing her first book. Her inspiration comes in many forms, and she loves incorporating humor and personal experiences into her stories. Her first book, Birds Alive! An Empty-nesters Cozy Mystery, released February 27, 2024. Jen is an avid fiction reader with an eclectic collection of novels, many of which sit in an old embalming fluids box belonging to her great-grandfather, Captain Alfred, MD. When she's not writing, you'll find her spending time with her family or curled up on the couch with her favorite black cat, reading and drinking a mug of dark roast coffee. For more information about Jen, her books, writing info and tips, and author interviews, check out her blog!

Tell us a little bit about yourself, your hobbies and interests.

I grew up in Gulf Breeze, Florida, just outside of Pensacola. I attended UWF and earned a degree in Speech Communication. I love reading, and it's probably my favorite hobby. My husband and I raised five terrific kids and now have three amazing grandkids!

When and why did you start writing books?

I "played" with writing for years. I finally wrote some feature stories for a newspaper in Virginia and have had several blogs. In 2022, I got serious about writing books.

What made you decide to tackle writing as a career?

It's always been there in the back of my mind. Being traditionally published is a dream come true.

Which one of your books or characters is your favourite?

My favorite character from Birds Alive! is Hazel, the main character's mother-in-law. She's a nut.

Which one of your books was the hardest to write and stretched you the most as a writer?

I have written, but not published, a women's fiction book about addiction. It was challenging to write in many ways.

Who is your favourite author and book?

Greg Isles is my favorite author. My favorite book is Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers.

What book are you reading right now?

I read very fast, so I'm not sure what I'm reading right now! I recently read The Fourth Wing, so Iron Flame will be up soon.

Where do you get your inspiration for your books?

Life! I am an empty nester and love reading books that are more in my age group.

What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?

Reading, drinking coffee. Most of all spending time with my family.

Do you have any new books in the works?

Yes, I'm working on book #2 for The Empty-nesters Cozy Mystery series. I'm also slowly working on another women's fiction.