I can be reached at jennifer at jenniferlawler dot com.
I’m a writer, the author or coauthor of more than thirty nonfiction books and novels. My most popular nonfiction work is the award-winning Dojo Wisdom.
Over the years, I’ve written a number of romances under various pen names. One of my publishers (Simon & Schuster) recently re-released these novels under my real name, so they are much easier to find. You can see them here.
My essays have appeared in Family Circle, Minnesota Monthly, Neurology Now, and several Chicken Soup for the Soul anthologies. My most famous essay is “For Jessica,” about which I’ve written more below.
I work as a book development editor and teach editors how to edit through classes offered by associations such as the Editorial Freelancers Association and through my own organization for developmental editors, Club Ed.
Jessica is my young adult daughter, born with a devastating neurological condition called tuberous sclerosis that has caused what I call enormous destruction in her life, body, and brain, and which she mostly shrugs off as “my life’s adventure, different from yours.” This is because she is a great deal wiser than I am.
When people say, “I read your story,” I never ask “Which story?” because I always know this is the one they mean:
Thank you—all of you—for your warm thoughts, wishes, and prayers.
The Tuberous Sclerosis Alliance
This is the only place that had any information or answers for me when Jessica was born. Doctors were stumped, neurologists had no prognosis, and I had no idea what the hell I was supposed to do now.
I’m not a person who will hector others about giving to her pet cause, but if you have some coins jingling in your pocket and aren’t sure what to do with them, this is one organization that does good work. You’ll find them here.