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:



  1. Children are a great inspiration aren't they, Jennifer. Thanks for telling us more about yourself and your work.

  2. Thanks for joining me today, Jennifer. I love you book cover.

  3. Hi Jennifer, Kudos to you for taking a situation close to your heart and turning it into fictionalized information. Best to you and your family! Keep us the great work.

    Btw, I love that you have a favorite character! Who says authors can't play favorites? :)

  4. I'm on vacation but just hadtodrop by any say how nice this page looks.Nancy,you are a wonder. And Jennifer, you and I proof of how well internet networking works!

  5. Terrific interview of Jennifer. I always enjoy getting know authors through interviews.

    Best wishes for your continued success,

  6. Jennifer, my kids and then my grandkids have been my primary source of inspiration for children's stories.

    And, congratulations on your new book in contract!

  7. I'm a fan of your books, Jennifer. Your new book tackles an important subject. God Bless you.

    Thanks for bein a great host, Nancy.

  8. I adore children's books, even as an adult. Great books Jennifer. Best of luck to you on the new book!

  9. Thanks for all the great comments and for visiting the post! I'm glad you all enjoyed it.

  10. Love the cover, Jennifer. If my kids were still little, I'd run out and buy the book.

  11. Your books sounds very fascinating for young readers. I love how you took something from your life and turned it into a story of wonder as well.

  12. Wow, I'm impressed with all you do and how your books inspire others.