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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Jean Rabe  

Pen Name: Jordan Gray, Jean Mooney

Genre: C:ADULT C:YA Fiction Mystery Science_Fiction

Born: 1957 in Ottawa, Illinois

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Rabe was born in Ottawa and lived in Quincy. She studied journalism at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb. Currently, she resides in Tolono.

Biographical and Professional Information

Jean Rabe currently write mysteries, thrillers and suspense and, mentor graduate-level writing students but she has had a very interesting writing career.

After college, Rabe started out as a news reporter at the Quincy Herald-Whig; where she was known by her maiden name, Jean Mooney. She left Quincy in the early 1980s when she shifted her news writing career to Evansville, Indiana and ran the western Kentucky news bureau for Scripps-Howard. While covering crime, courts and other breaking news in western Kentucky and southwest Indiana, Rabe honed some of the reportorial skills she still uses today as a full-time fiction writer.

She later moved to Wisconsin and wrote ''Dragonlance'' novels and more than three dozen science fiction, fantasy, and adventure novels for TSR, Inc. - the then-producers of the Dungeons & Dragons game, for several years. Rabe has also written short stories and has edited many magazines and anthologies.


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