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Jennifer Wielt writing at Barnes and Noble
Writing time at Barnes & Noble

I still remember how I felt the day I discovered I could read well enough on my own to understand an entire chapter of Little House in the Big Woods, by Laura Ingalls Wilder -- electrified and giddy with this new power that let me enter a different world all by myself, whenever I wanted. 

I went on to adore English classes in high school, major in English in college, (where I wrote abysmal short stories for a creative writing class), work in libraries during both high school and college, and earn a graduate degree in library science. I’ve worked as a school librarian and have continued reading and writing ever since.

Over the years I’ve had several articles published in local magazines and newspapers. Although my fiction hasn’t been published yet, I’m fairly confident it’s improved since my undergrad efforts.

I’m currently rewriting and polishing my most recently completed novel, making it ready for submission to literary agents. It’s about a woman who believes she can find happiness again by returning to her central New York hometown. But when a series of murders coincide with her mother’s twenty-year-old grave being dug up and the remains stolen, she discovers she’s in danger because of something bad she did as an adolescent and blocked from memory, and that her family tried to bury.

My highest hope for all my novels is that they provide readers with the experiences of enjoyment, intrigue, emotion, catharsis, and uplift my favorite stories have always provided for me.

I’ve lived my entire life in central New York except for the four years I attended college in Massachusetts.

Additional Random Facts

  • I've enjoyed or been deeply affected by more novels than I can remember, but if I must choose favorites I'll name the following: Little Women, by Louisa May Alcott, for the sisterly exploits and experiences of becoming; Rebecca, by Daphne Du Maurier, for the atmospheric unraveling of shadowy female projections and perceptions; A Room With A View, by E.M. Forester, for the self discovery and romance; The Killer Angels, by Michael Shaara, for bringing to life some of the key personalities and experiences of the Battle of Gettysburg.
  • I have a small business selling rare and collectible books and sometimes other doodads online. I also have a few book collections of my own I add to a little at a time. Every part of this endeavor is ridiculously fun and rewarding, but my favorite part has to be scouting for the books at sales and thrift shops.
Jennifer Wielt meets Bigfoot
Me running afoul of a Bigfoot shopping for a snow shovel at Kirch Hardware in Camden, NY
  • Even though one of the most rational and trustworthy characters in my novel believes he sees a Bigfoot, I'm a Bigfoot agnostic. I like the idea of cryptids and enjoy hearing about sightings, especially local ones. I believe many of the people who say they've seen cryptids are completely sincere. I also believe our world is rich with mysteries yet to solve and things still to discover. But it’s often in the possibility and in the seeking that we find the most meaning and juice.
  • My mood booster of choice is hopping in a car and going for a ride with no purpose other than to take a road I’ve never been on before and see what there is to see. I'm completely open to the possibility of one day, when I'm out for an evening drive, seeing a Bigfoot.

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