Born in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Jennifer came from a book loving family. She worked as a library helper in the old red brick library on Victoria Avenue in the summers while at Valley Way public school. Her childhood ambition was to have a book with her name on the spine.
Writing as Jennifer Travis, she made her mark with award winning educational materials for The Peel District School Board and the Ontario Ministry of Education. She is one of the authors of Explorations a mathematics program for Addison-Wesley of Canada. For TVO’s Mathica’s Mathshop, Jennifer received the Federation of Women Teachers Writing Award. For the Kindergarten Curriculum materials, Stepping Into Kindergarten. Jennifer won the National School Public Relations Association Award along with The Award of Excellence from the Canadian Association of Communications in Education.
After retiring as school principal for the Peel District School Board, Jennifer became a student herself. She is a graduate of the Institute of Children’s Literature and the Humber School of Writers summer program. She began publishing short stories for children in Aquila, LadyBug, Zamooph and Wee Ones magazines. In May 2009, Napoleon Publishing released her debut novel for children, When the Cherry Blossoms Fell.
Jennifer is also member of CANSCAIP (Canadian Society of Children’s Authors, Illustrators and Performers) and SCBWI (Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators).