Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Jennifer Gladen - Author of Theresa's Shadow

Jennifer Gladen is a children’s author, mother of three and teacher who lives and writes in Pennsylvania. She has written several children’s books, stories and articles, and started her own Catholic e-zine titled My Light Magazine. When not writing, teaching or mothering, she enjoys singing in her local parish choir on Sundays.

I asked her some questions about her picture books.

  1. Can you tell us a little about yourself?

I am a mother of three, a teacher and a children’s author. I have written several stories, poems and articles which have been published in a variety of venues. I have two picture books published through Guardian Angel Publishing titled A Star in the Night and Teresa’s Shadow. In addition I am founder and Editor-in-Chief of My Light Magazine.

  1. What inspired you to write Teresa’s Shadow?

I was inspired to write the story after watching my kids at bedtime. There was always a noise, or thought which sparked their imagination. Then, the “what if” questions started spinning around in my writer’s mind. Before I knew it, I had the basis of Teresa’s Shadow.

  1. Do you have a favorite character, if so tell us why?

I really enjoyed Corky. He’s the loveable, furry, funny, friendly monster who Teresa meets on the night of the story.

  1. Tell us a little about your writing schedule. What do you find most difficult, easiest?

I most often write on weekends and evenings if I have time. The most difficult thing is juggling my personal writing with organizing and publishing the magazine. The easiest thing is once I get started I am usually on a roll and I get tons done.

  1. What are your future writing plans?

I have another picture book under contract now titled Angel Donor. It is a story close to home about a girl who is awaiting a liver transplant. It was inspired by my middle child who had actually went through the transplant process. I have several other manuscripts I’m working on now and perfecting.

Jennifer can be found at:

Author Blog and VBT Hosting Blog:

Other Blogs/Columns:

Random Thoughts about God

My Light Magazine:

Catholic Mom:

Tiber Reviews: