Jenny Manzer has worked as a newspaper reporter, magazine editor, and an investigative journalist. She has loved writing stories ever since she was a little girl. She was born in Toronto, but was won over by the wild West Coast while attending the University of Victoria’s writing program. She lives on Vancouver Island with her family.
Jenny’s debut, SAVE ME, KURT COBAIN (Random House/Delacorte Press, March 2016), is a Young Adult contemporary novel. What if you discovered that Kurt Cobain is not only alive, but might be your real father? Nicola Cavan was four when her mother vanished from their West Coast home. Now 15, Nico is determined to find her beautiful, music-obsessed mother. After glimpsing “Cobain” on a ferry from Seattle, Nico follows the man with the blazing blue eyes to a remote Vancouver Island cabin—and her life will never be the same.
- Favorite book growing up: A BARGAIN FOR FRANCES by Russell Hoban.
- Childhood aspiration: A writer. And, at one point, Olivia Newton John.
- Favorite time of day/place to write: She seems to write best at around 9:20 p.m. at night when her kids are asleep–and the crunch is on to log some words before bed.
- Book currently reading/most recently read: THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN by Paula Hawkins. She and everyone else!
- Favorite things to do (other than reading): Running, hiking, being on a beach.
- Favorite sports teams: Her son’s baseball team. Many of them are new to the game, but they play with heart. And they are motivated by Fudgsicles.
- Surprising personal fact: She was a newspaper reporter for many years, but she actually failed typing in Grade 7. She’s still bad at it!
- Greatest thing about being a 2016 debut author: Having her book launch the same year as so many exciting debuts!
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