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About Children's Book Writer Jennifer Phillips

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I grew up in Alton, Illinois. This Midwestern upbringing in the 1960s and 1970s has fueled some of my writing projects. My biographies on abolitionist editor Elijah Lovejoy and Robert Wadlow (the tallest person who ever lived), for example, are "hometown-inspired" projects. I don't limit myself to my own backyard, but you often can find ​great stories right under your nose.
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I've been able to try many fun and interesting things so far in my life. For example, I started out reporting on crime and court stories, hanging out in police labs before shows like CSI made crime investigation so popular. I've ridden in helicopters while doing public relations for an aircraft manufacturer and watched surgeries as part of my health care work.

I also encourage and facilitate use of creative thinking practices, whether for work problems, life or writing.

​My husband and I have always been big on travel, going near or far depending on the time and money we have. We have two children and a love bird named Milo who keeps us on our toes. Our family loves exploring the beautiful Pacific Northwest (yes, we've been to Forks, Washington, home of the famous Twilight series), nearby Canada and the Western states. But travel has also taken me to several other parts of the U.S., as well as England, Scotland, Italy, Greece, Australia, China, Japan and Vietnam. I hope to see more of the world when I can!