Jennifer Lawrence, Author

Jennifer (Jennie) Lawrence enjoys life on the high, windswept plains of Wyoming with her husband Mark. She was born and raised in Boulder, Colorado. She moved to Wyoming as a young adult and has called it home since. She has a bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Communications from the University of Wyoming, and a bachelor’s and master’s degree in education. She is retired from teaching at the alternative high school in Laramie, WY.

Her writing interests are varied, but currently focuses on the American West from the 1800s to today, both fiction and nonfiction. She is a multiple award-winning writer, including a Willa Award for her book, Soap Suds Row The Bold Lives of Army Laundresses, 1802-1876.

Jennie enjoys spending time in nature, and volunteers with various wildlife and conservation organizations. She also takes pleasure in riding her American Quarter Horse mare and has a soft spot in her heart for Shetland ponies.

Available Books

Horsethief Moon

Book One in the Abby and Maddie
Young Adult Mystery Series
Coming Soon…

Best friends Abby and Maddie are enjoying the last weeks of summer before school starts as they prepare to show their horses in the 4-H classes at the Wyoming State Fair. But what can they do when boarding stable owner Sadler Scott is injured in what appears to be an accident, cattle escape from the pasture, some valuable horses are stolen, and Abby finds herself in unimaginable danger? Join Abby and Mandy as they work to solve the mystery surrounding Scott’s Stable.

Available From

Publisher:
Pendragon Publishing

P.O. Box 893
Laramie, WY 82073

Soap Suds Row:

The Bold Lives of Army Laundresses
1802-1876

Women have always followed the troops, but military laundresses were the first to be carried on the rolls of the U.S. Army. They traveled and lived alongside the soldiers during two of the most important conflicts in United States history: the Civil War and the war on the western frontier. A few laundresses made names for themselves. Laundresses who got written up in records, diaries, and newspapers were often involved in colorful or unfortunate circumstances. No, they were not all loose women. Some were; however, most were simply brave, adventurous, and unorthodox women. They marched with the army for hundreds of miles, carrying their babies and tugging small children behind them. Among the first non-native women on lonely frontier outposts, they waited in frightened huddles in camps and forts for their soldier-husbands to return from dangerous campaigns. Susie King Taylor, born a slave, taught both black children and soldiers to read and write between washing piles of laundry.

Available From

Publisher:
High Plains Press

403 Cassa Road
Glendo, WY 82213

Available Books

Horsethief Moon

Book One in the Abby and Maddie
Young Adult Mystery Series
Coming Soon…

Best friends Abby and Maddie are enjoying the last weeks of summer before school starts as they prepare to show their horses in the 4-H classes at the Wyoming State Fair. But what can they do when boarding stable owner Sadler Scott is injured in what appears to be an accident, cattle escape from the pasture, some valuable horses are stolen, and Abby finds herself in unimaginable danger? Join Abby and Mandy as they work to solve the mystery surrounding Scott’s Stable.

Available From

Publisher:
Pendragon Publishing

P.O. Box 893
Laramie, WY 82073

Soap Suds Row:

The Bold Lives of Army Laundresses
1802-1876

Women have always followed the troops, but military laundresses were the first to be carried on the rolls of the U.S. Army. They traveled and lived alongside the soldiers during two of the most important conflicts in United States history: the Civil War and the war on the western frontier. A few laundresses made names for themselves. Laundresses who got written up in records, diaries, and newspapers were often involved in colorful or unfortunate circumstances. No, they were not all loose women. Some were; however, most were simply brave, adventurous, and unorthodox women. They marched with the army for hundreds of miles, carrying their babies and tugging small children behind them. Among the first non-native women on lonely frontier outposts, they waited in frightened huddles in camps and forts for their soldier-husbands to return from dangerous campaigns. Susie King Taylor, born a slave, taught both black children and soldiers to read and write between washing piles of laundry.

Available From

Publisher:
High Plains Press

403 Cassa Road
Glendo, WY 82213

Frequently Asked Questions

That is a hard question to answer. I had other people encouraging me to write books when I first started. (I have some out-of-print, out-of-date books.) When I retired from teaching high school, I decided to start focusing on fiction more than non-fiction.

I have always loved writing. I always enjoyed writing essays, term papers, and stories in school. I started writing professionally as a young adult. I’ve written articles and columns for various publications, including Western Horseman, Bit and Bridle, Persimmon Hill, The Fence Post, Dog World, Dog Fancy, The Wrangler, Rodeo News, and more.

Sitting down in the chair and doing it! When I first began writing I used a typewriter. I was dragged kicking and screaming into the computer age. It took me a while to fully switch over. The worst part of writing with a computer is how easy it is to get distracted, checking email or Facebook, or getting sidetracked researching something.

I have an overactive imagination. Stories just pop into my head. I scribble my thoughts down in a notebook, on scraps of paper, whatever is handy. Some of those thoughts are enough to build a story around. Unfortunately, I come up with many of my ideas when I am driving. If someone is with me, I ask them to write things down. I have been known to pull over to the side of the road to jot down ideas so I don’t forget them.

I do. I volunteer with the Wyoming Naturalist organization, and usually have something short going for that newsletter while I am working on a book. I start a new book as soon as a completed manuscript is off to the editor.

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