I haven't been called Jenny in years (thankfully), but I thought it was fitting to publish my teen books under the name that still makes me think of high school.
My high school days may be long behind me, but I have a lot in common with Vanessa, the main character in PLAN B. Like Vanessa, I also went to a small private school. I was also mildly obsessed with college from fifth grade on, thanks to a book I read in which one of the characters went to Dartmouth. But unlike Vanessa, my brother wasn't a TV star. And he didn't drive me crazy. I actually still like him. As for creating a How To guide for guys, like Emily does in THE BOOK OF LUKE, I can't say that I know enough to write an entire guide, but I did have a blast writing the tips at the beginning of each chapter. And I wish a guide like this did exist when I was in high school (and college and even after that!).
My Island Summer series (LOCAL GIRLS and RICH BOYS) give me an excuse to write about a place I love - Martha's Vineyard. I hope these books capture what I love so much about the island, and that you find them as much fun to read as I found them to write.
I also write adult fiction books under Jennifer O'Connell. You can find out more about my books at www.jennyoconnell.com and www.jenniferoconnell.com