Who Is Jennyfer Browne and What’s with the Amish references?!

So I was on my way to pick up my son (whom you will hear referred to as my SPAWN- even by him) and I started thinking about how people might view this blog, coming to it blindly. 

Many of you might know me from other places. I dabble in other places along the internet under other names- too many now for my brain to really keep up with. But some of you may have happened across this because a friend said to come here…. *Waves at the new faces and the old*

So who am I?

What’s with the Amish thing?

So let’s start with basics:

I was born in Maryland, in a quiet community that still believed in leaving one’s doors unlocked and where kids could spend hours away from parents without the fear of abduction. Not far from farms and orchards, I was blessed with the duality of living in a rural environment while the city lay just a few miles away.

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Many years later I now live in the beautiful state of California, south of Los Angeles, where I teach at a local university. Make believe was an integral part of my life growing up, so it’s not a far stretch to find me teaching theatre and writing fiction. Always told I had a penchant for spinning a good yarn, I started writing when I was still in grade school.

Back then it was fantasy novellas.

I was a sucker for Tolkien and Terry Brooks.

So I wrote about strong women on journeys to find themselves and save the world. Elves, dwarves and dashing scoundrels filled the storylines. Even back then I was a sucker for romance, even before I understood there was a genre all on its own for it!

Time passed- I found theatre and I discovered I could be other people in the guise of acting. I wasn’t very good at it. But my imagination expanded. Stories formed, but I didn’t have time to write them. So acting was my outlet.

It wasn’t until my university years that I discovered how much I loved to teach, and living in Los Angeles,I  knew that there was no place for me on the big screen. I concentrated on writing again, poetry this time- my time was still limited but college provides so many emotional experiences, I was drawn.

Poetry turned into short stories and soon I started writing anything that came to mind. But I am always drawn back to the idea of the innocence I experienced as a child. The simple life (pardon the words and instant association to Paris Hilton). The idea of a pure love in today’s world intrigued me. Can one find that, even today with suggestive material everywhere we look? Is there a place, and would our youth be willing to live as such?

Enter the Amish.

I will be the first to admit that I could never live as they do. I am too opinionated and love my internet far too much. I’d be lost without Google. I never understood the Dewey Decimal System. My childhood librarian would scowl when I came to the library. But the Amish live a simple life. Surely one can find that beauty again amongst them?

I visited the Amish villages in Pennsylvania as a child many times- I blame those summer trips for my love of pie and bread…. but I digress. Even with the memories of my childhood, I didn’t think about the Amish as a good storyline until a few friends on Twitter were joking about a picture they had seen about some celebrity and a photoshoot for a magazine gone wrong. It had a very distinct Amish feel to it.

And then it clicked.

The romance and mystery of the Amish. How idyllic their life seemed. How would someone from our world be viewed in their world? What if that person fell in love with an Amish? What then? What a trial! Where would they live? Would it work?

And so started the story of In Your World. 

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I spent the next year researching, re- researching and writing. Some might call it an Amish Fiction. Others Inspirational. Maybe also Romance. It is certainly a little steamier than your typical Amish fiction. And I am not a religious person by many eyes. But I believe in love and faith and community. I believe in the need to find that part of you that wants to be better. So that is what this story is about. It’s about finding love in uncommon circumstances and in an uncaring world.

I’ll dive more into the story and myself a little more. As you can see, I’m a bit wordy. This could take a while.

Happy Friday!

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23 thoughts on “Who Is Jennyfer Browne and What’s with the Amish references?!

  1. mamadog93 says:

    And THIS is why I love you…..I’m so very excited for what is in store for you babe! I will do whatever is in my power to help promote this journey for you! MWAH!

  2. Jayme says:

    This is awesome! I’m very happy to be along for the ride as you start your new adventure, Ms. Browne.

    You have no idea how much I love the picture of you holding the fish.

    • Thanks Jayme! That fish was a big battle with my brother, let me tell you! My first time ever fishing ( I think I was four)- my brother caught a record size bluegill. he was so proud, until I caught one a little larger a few minutes later.
      I was never allowed to go fishing with him ever again! LOL
      So glad you are on this journey too! Can’t wait!
      MWAH!

  3. Evelyn A. says:

    Hi Jennyfer,

    Thanks for letting me know this blog. Will love reading about your research and thought process in writing this story.

    Will the published version be different from your fanfic one?

    • There are some definite changes to the story from the original posted version. Some things needed to be changed after I had discovered more in my research, as well as some added chapters to help form an understanding of who the female heroine is. There may also be some additional “alone” time between our two lovers. 🙂

      It’s still in the air if this will be published in 1st person (from Kate’s) POV or in 3rd person. 3 rd person allows me to include more POVs of the other characters, but certainly will lengthen an already long story. I am waiting to see what publishers and agents have to say.

      Thanks hun! So glad you found me over here!
      MWAH!
      Jennyfer

      • showersinger says:

        3 rd person for me is always to wooden. Please change not to much. In my experience the story can loose her soul. There are 2 published fanfics I loved and as a book they were lost for me. Dont chance the titel. Dead on my feed to Wake did take the humor. Sorry for my rambling. But please, please dont let your story loose her soul. Stick close to the original, please.

  4. Amy says:

    I love this blog and am so excited to waatch you make your journey to published author.

  5. themidnightwriter96 says:

    I am so excited for the book to come! I can see that this blog will go a long way =)

    Best wishes!

  6. Well hello Ms. Browne! I believe we’ve met in another world! Hee hee hee.

    I am so excited for you my dearest! I look forward to following your journey to realizing your dreams!

  7. cat5050 says:

    Oh Ms. Browne, I wish great success for you. (From one of those who knew you when, if they find and read it, they will love it!) I think at least 50% of publishing must be the marketing.

  8. NKubie says:

    I’m so glad that I got over here to be part of your journey. I feel like we’ve sort of been on one already, but this…this is RL stuff. Even cooler! 🙂

  9. We definitely met in another world. Those times I reviewed into the wee hours of the morning with you were very special to me. You pretty much introduced me to the world of FanFiction. Recommended great stories and I felt a friendship. I am excited for you. In Your World was and is a fantastic story. Best Wishes.

  10. Holly says:

    So excited to hear In Your World was picked up for publishing! It has been one of my favorite FF stories! I can not wait to buy the new and improved version when it hits the shelf! Do keep us updated and the blessing in the world to you!

  11. vanny says:

    can´t wait!!!!!!!

  12. itlnbrt says:

    So excited for you and happy to see you taking this route with that wonderful story!! Congrats!
    Remember me when you go on your Blog Tour! I’ll definitely do a post for you! Love to help out people from our other world with other names. 😉

  13. Lizzy says:

    This is fantastic news! You deserve it! I can’t wait to buy the book

  14. Amber says:

    When will you be publishing in your world? Read it a long time ago and I see you want to publish? Please email me more information!!

  15. Ariel in WPB says:

    I am so excited for you. You really are a very talented writer. I’ll have you know that while I was at the Twilight marathon, I was thinking of your story and was anxious to get home to finish it. Now that’s some good writing! I’m in a theater, getting my Edward on, and I’m thinking about your story!

  16. Hi Jen,
    Just checking in to see if there’s any news on the publication of your book. I loved the FF and can’t wait for the new & improved (hard to imagine!) story. I’m looking forward to reading it.
    Your fan & friend,
    Sunny C @sunnysnark

    • Hi my dear!
      I am hoping to announce publication dates soon, before Valentine’s Day! But I can say that it should be sometime this summer!
      Thanks so much for remaining patient!
      MWAH!
      Jennyfer

  17. karen cowan says:

    was wanting to know when the second book with be out really enjoyed healing faith hope it is not to long.

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