After dabbling in a variety of professional endeavors, including carnival sideshow worker, researcher of Angolan artifacts, children's librarian, ESL teacher, opera singer and advocate for the homeless, Jenna Pashley Smith gave up all attempts to define herself as anything other than a writer.
Jenna's writing transports the weird and wonderful creatures of her daydreams into stories and poems meant to be savored by an audience with a healthy respect for the monsters under the bed. Her creatures often take the form of elementary horrors with teeth and claws but sometimes appear in their grown-up forms for older readers. Jenna's most recent work, Whistlepigs and Wizards, a middle grades fantasy novel, is complete at 30,000 words. She is currently working on an urban YA novel set in the slums and high-rises of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, where she lived for seven years.
In her spare time, Jenna designs and creates semi-precious jewelry and natural cosmetics, tries to keep a garden alive, and bakes really good salted chocolate chip cookies. She has two small children, Gabriel age 3 and Zoe age 1, one awesome patron-of-the-arts husband who makes writing possible, and a couple of coyotes in the backyard. She currently lives in Houston, Texas.