Jenny Coon Peterson

Writer / Editor

I’m a YA author and freelance editor based in Denver, Colorado, where I live with my husband, two small sons, and two enormous tabbies. I’ve been a writer ever since I can remember, starting with those blank books we all got in elementary school that I probably took way too seriously. I graduated with a degree in journalism from Michigan State University, and got to be an actual journalist and editor at an alt-newsweekly in Oklahoma City (where my writing was twice recognized by the Oklahoma chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists).

Journalism was just a bit too safe of a career for me, apparently, so I made the jump to freelance editing and fiction when I moved to Denver. I write contemporary YA—usually funny, hopefully with enough heart to make readers fall in love with my characters. I love the banter of Mindy Kaling’s characters, the magic of Maggie Stiefvater, and the humorous pathos of Rainbow Rowell.

When I’m not dreaming up new stories or herding children, I love to eat local, hike in the amazing Colorado mountains, and plan for my next trip. Janeite, Potterhead, Gilbert Blythe stan. I’m a member of SCBWI and RMFW and an active member of critique groups at Lighthouse Writers Workshop.