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I earned a BA in English at Carleton College and an MA in Education at the University of New Mexico. I have one husband, three kids and six grandsons (whom I put in my Izzy Elf stories). I have lived all over the U.S., as well as in Holland and Brazil. I have served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in South America, tutored refugees in ESL, taught junior high and high school English, and written grant proposals for arts organization.
For a number of years, I was a singer/actress in amateur and professional companies. (As a mezzo, I usually lost the hero to the soprano.) I have been having fun putting all my old (somewhat rusty) skills to work with video blogs, audio recordings of songs from the stories, audio book recordings etc.
Here I am in my 1825-style dress, created by Gay Bean for me to wear to the launch party for A Buss From Lafayette
I signed books at the Manchester Barnes and Noble store, 1741 South Willow Street Manchester, NH. My "Fiddlers Two", Sienna and Sara Larson, came with me to play tunes featured in the book, as well as other music from the era
I was part of the Teen Book Festival at Barnes & Noble, 235 Daniel Webster Hwy, Nashua, NH. Thanks for the invitation to participate!
Celebrating when Frizzy, the S.A.D. Elfwon the Red City Review Award!
A fun interview with Kevin Avard on the Gate City Chronicles television program.
Frizzy and I climbed aboard this sleigh, similar to the one in which Dizzy stowed away!
Here I am helping to lay a wreath on the Lafayette memorial on Boston Common on Lafayette Day, 2017!
A Buss from Lafayette was the Literary Classics gold medalist in the Middle School Historical Fiction category. This is the first wearable award I have ever won!
The new statue of Lafayette in conference with Washington and De Grasse on the Yorktown, Virginia, waterfront was unveiled in October, 2017! To learn the small part my husband and I played in bringing this about, check out my blog post through the link below.
Trying to "buss" (kiss) the new statue of Lafayette after it was unveiled!
Here I am with Alan Hoffman, President of the American Friends of Lafayette, before making speeches at Lafayette School, Everett, MA.
At Lafayette School in Everett, MA, with John Kelly, dressed as a French soldier at the time of the Revolution, and Alan Hoffman, President of the American Friends of Lafayette.
My "Artistic Mission"
I recently came across something I wrote for my Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators listing, for which I was asked to state my "artistic mission". I don't usually think of what I do in such elevated terms, but when I re-read what I put on the SCBWI website, it rang true. Here it is:
My goal is to write entertaining stories that do not “talk down” to young readers. I try to provide a glimpse of history or fantasy in ways that appeal to a child’s intelligence and sense of humor. By doing this, I hope to hook kids on our fascinating national history, and to help them gain an appreciation for playing with words.
Fun Stuff &
Any time young readers draw pictures, make videos, or whatever about one of my books, I will post their work here!
Games,pictures of people/places/things, and recipes for historic food found in my historical Fiction.
Games, Pix, and More about the Izzy Elves!
Recordings of music etc. from my historical fiction.
Illustrated Christmas Stories in Verse
This Christmas tale in verse celebrates the power of children's imaginations and the magic of books.
What happens back at the North Pole when Blizzy discovers that Tizzy is missing on Christmas morning?
Dizzy the elf, Tizzy's best friend, finds all the adventure he wants (and more) when he hides in the back of Santa's sleigh!
Frizzy tries to cure her S.A.D. (Seasonal Affection Distress) by making something new (and "yuck") that she won't miss when Santa takes it away for delivery on Christmas Eve.
Educational Material: Classroom Guide
A complete unit of lesson plans for using A Buss from Lafayette as a springboard for teaching about the American Revolution and Lafayette in 5-9 grade classrooms.
Historical Fiction for Young Readers
Sometimes a little kiss can change everything. . .especially a little kiss from a world famous hero of the American Revolution!
"The American Revolution comes alive... A wonderful book that melds both past and present together... "
An excerpt of a work-in-progress: amusing myself with history!
“Splendid and sophisticated Regency romance...fun to read...fine characterization and period dialogue."
LINKS TO MY
My Bublish Page
Find out background information and authorial inspirations for all my books!
A Buss from Lafayette Website
Background information about the story, pictures, and more!
A Buss from Lafayette Facebook Page
See pictures, reviews etc. related to my latest historical fiction for kids.
Riddle of Penncroft Farm Facebook Page
See pictures, background info, and reviews of my first historical novel for kids!N/p>
My Official Writing Facebook Home
Up to the minute news of my writing life.
Dorothea Jensen's YouTube Channel
Watch video blogs, book trailers, and more!
My Mostly Non-Elf Tweets
A peek behind the curtain at the writing part of my life...
My Mostly Non Elf Blog
My thoughts on stories I write that are NOT about anyone with pointy ears!
Pinterest Boards for My Historical Fiction
Fun pix that "illustrate" bits of The Riddle of Penncroft Farm, A Buss from Lafayette, A Scalp on the Moon, and A Scalp on the Moon
Santa's Izzy Elves Facebook Page
Late Breaking Info about the Izzies...
Izzy Elf Blog
All the latest news straight from the Izzy Elves!
The Izzy Elves tweet what's on their minds!
Izzy Elves Pinterest Board
Lots of pix featuring the Izzies!
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