About Jennifer Lawler

I'm a writer, the author or coauthor of more than thirty nonfiction books and novels. There's a little tab at the top of this website that brings you to a list of all my books. My most popular is the award-winning Dojo Wisdom.

As you can tell from the home page, I write under various pen names, mostly romances these days. I have favorites: Love by Design, by Jenny Jacobs, which was my first published romance; Inventing Sin by Alicia Thorne, which was a hoot to write; A Certain Kind of Magic, by Jessica Starre, which was the first novel that, when I wrote it, I felt like I knew what I was doing (finally); and The Achilles Project, also by Jessica Starre, which I think is my best book ever.

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 also work as a book development editor. More about what that means can be found at my other site, Be Your Own Book Doctor.

I can be reached at jennifer at jenniferlawler dot com.

About Jessica

Jessica is my teenage 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:

“For Jessica”

Thank you—all of you—for your warm thoughts, wishes, and prayers. (Hey, I may not believe in a supreme Deity, but that doesn’t mean One doesn’t believe in me.)

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.

Under my own name, I have written: