Jenny Garden has written since childhood, largely for others, as she did in high school and college for friends who needed help with essays or stories for English class, and in her work over the last twenty-five years as a freelance editor. She admits to a checkered past, having studied and worked as an actor, singer, artist, translator, copy editor, and, lacking training but learning on the job, a doctor’s wife and mother of four.
Born and raised in Indiana’s Wabash Valley, Jenny has since lived in St. John’s, Newfoundland; Chicago and Decatur, Illinois; and Roswell, Georgia. She finally settled in the Pacific Northwest and now makes Seattle her home. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Northwestern University and belongs to academic fraternities Phi Sigma Iota and Phi Beta Kappa. Following summer workshops at the University of Iowa, she decided to focus more on writing. And while she loves to write, Jenny enjoys copyediting almost as much. “It’s like putting together a jigsaw puzzle,” she says, “fitting every piece in exactly the right place.” Which describes precisely how she approaches her writing.
Of course, writing is a jigsaw puzzle of jellyfish, where individual pieces tend to metamorphose and transmute, so it's trickier to make everything fit. That's where editing comes in.