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General Information

Name:  Jen Estes  

Pen Name: None

Genre: C:ADULT C:YA Fiction Mystery Non-Fiction

Born: 1983 in Champaign, IL


Illinois Connection

I was born in Champaign, Illinois and raised in Neoga, Illinois. I went to college in Edwardsville, Illinois. I have lived in Mattoon, Peoria, Litchfield and currently reside in Hillsboro, Illinois.

Biographical and Professional Information

Jen Estes is the author of the Cat McDaniel Mystery Series and the forthcoming Fifteen (The Dreamwalker Diaries). Born and raised in the Midwest, Jen had to choose between detassling corn or reading books. Corn husks just didn't have the appeal of the Baby-Sitters Club and so a reader was born. Reading later turned into writing and in 2011, Jen published her first novel. After releasing four books in the mystery genre, Jen decided to give in to the literary demands of her inner teenager. FIFTEEN is her YA debut. Jen lives in Illinois with her husband Nathan under the tyranny of their three cats: Wrigley, Ivy and Captain Moo. When she isn't writing, Jen enjoys sci-fi in all its mediums, attempting yoga, using her passport, watching baseball, and reading a good book. You can find Jen on the web at, on Tumblr as AuthorJenEstes and tweeting under @jenestesdotcom.

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