Jennifer has worked for international print media in the United States, Europe and the Middle East. A Michigan native who grew up in Southern California, she’s spent most of her life overseas (Egypt, Jordan and Saudi Arabia for five years, then three decades in Europe, where she raised three beautiful children in the Netherlands, Belgium and France). Jennifer and her three dogs and two cats now live in Costa Rica, where she works as an editorial consultant and writer. In her spare time, she cooks, reads, travels, studies Spanish and shoots down enemies in World of Warplanes.
Toby’s Tale, published by Pen It Publications, is her first novel. She’s now working on the second book in the series, Toby’s Travels. Her picture book, Ashley’s Rescue: A Miracle Breakdown, will be published by Pen It in 2023.
Middle Grade Children
Toby’s Tale is the endearing and captivating story of a sweet Schnauzer puppy on his own journey of discovery. What he discovers is that the big world is full of challenges, excitement, sadness, cruelty and yes, love and kindness. It’s a difficult journey, one full of tough choices, but he perseveres and survives until one day, his tenacity pays off and he finds the love he truly craves, along with a fur-ever home.
Told in the first person, the plot develops from Toby’s early memories as a puppy, through his difficult decision to leave his mother and sister so they have a chance at a better life, to the struggles he endured in the world beyond his safety net until he finds what every dog ultimately wants. Toby’s Tale is full of colorful characters — both two-legged and four-legged — who play key roles as Toby takes each step of his journey.
Narrating from Toby’s point of view allows the reader to feel all the emotions and challenges this young dog faces. Toby’s story is heart-wrenching at times, but also full of compassion and all that is good in life.