Basic Info & Bio

Welcome to the site for Jennifer R. Hubbard, writer of Loner in the Garret: A Writer's Companion, The Secret Year, Try Not to Breathe, Until It Hurts to Stop, and other works.

A detailed bio is provided below. You can also read about my books and stories either briefly or in depth, check out my blog, or get in touch with me.

I am a night person who believes that mornings were meant to be slept through, a chocolate lover, and a hiker. I walk every day, and hike on weekends when I can.

I grew up in New England and now live in the Philadelphia area. I’ve been writing since the age of six, when I used to write and illustrate my own picture books. (Fortunately, none of those early efforts have survived, unless my parents are hiding them for future blackmail plans.) In high school, I considered it fun to come home from school and write novels. My grandfather worked at a printing plant that produced spiral-bound notebooks. Any flaws in the printing or binding process would land the notebooks in the company store at a steep discount, so I always had plenty of notebooks on hand. Now I write on a computer most of the time.

I will read almost anything; I prefer to write short fiction and young-adult novels. I had my first short story published when I was seventeen, but it took me many years to write well with consistency, and I continue to learn more every year. My short fiction has appeared in literary magazines such as Willow Review and North American Review, and a short story called “Confessions and Chocolate Brains” appears in the 2011 anthology Truth & Dare. (See the “Publications” tab on this site for more.) My contemporary young-adult novels are The Secret Year (2010), Try Not to Breathe (2012), and Until It Hurts to Stop (2013). I've also written a non-fiction book, Loner in the Garret: A Writer's Companion (2015).

For some recent YA books by other authors that I enjoyed, see this shelf on Goodreads


My blog is about writing, and about life experienced as a writer. The content on this blog is also published at LiveJournal. Feel free to follow me or link to my blog if you're so inclined. Comments on this blog are welcome.

I retain rights to all material on this site written by me; I don't mind brief, in-context, attributed quotes in accordance with fair use. Any flower photos on this site are copyright Jennifer Hubbard, and book covers are courtesy of the publishers. All other photos on this site are copyright John Rowen, used by permission, unless otherwise credited.