I can be reached at jennifer at jenniferlawler dot com. I welcome emails about my work, questions about writing or editing, and reactions to blog posts. I have disabled comments on my blog because I would rather not spend my precious life moderating them.
I’m a writer, the author or coauthor of more than forty nonfiction books and novels. My most popular nonfiction work is the award-winning Dojo Wisdom. My favorite is The Improbable Adventures of a Middle-Aged Woman. See my Books list for more information.
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 organizations such as the Editorial Freelancers Association and Club Ed (a business for editors that I established), as well as by private arrangement.
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.