Hi! I’m young adult author Jennifer Mathieu (pronounced Muh-two, but if you speak French you can pronounce it better than that. Sadly, I don’t speak French.) I’m a writer and English teacher who lives in Texas with my family. A native of the East Coast and a former journalist, I enjoy writing contemporary young adult fiction that treats teenagers like real people. I love to eat and hate to cook. For more fun facts, read on!

Ten Facts About Me

01 - I started writing “books” and stories when I was in kindergarten. I experienced my first success as a writer when I won a contest in Cricket Magazine. The story was about a dancing ape inside a library.

02 - I am weirdly obsessed with the 1980s sitcom The Golden Girls to the point where I can turn on any episode right in the middle of it and start reciting dialogue.

03 - I refused to get a cell phone until 2010 just to see how long I could go without one. Now I’m sort of addicted to texting. I knew this would happen!

04 - I spend my days teaching English to middle and high schoolers, and I love my job. Everyone thinks English teachers are always silently judging people’s grammar, but the truth is that even we mix up who and whom once in a while. At least I do.

05 - I could live on pepperoni pizza and anything chocolate.

06 - In the sixth grade I didn’t study for a science test so I could read The Outsiders in one night. I have never regretted failing that science test.

07 - My mom was born in Cuba and my dad was born in Chile, so I didn’t learn English until preschool. Puedo entender más de lo que puedo hablar, pero mi español es en general bastante bueno!

08 - I live in Texas with a funny husband, a sweetie pie son, and a lovable little rescue dog.

09 - In fifth grade, we had to take a test on the 50 states and their capitals as well as locate the states on a map. The only question I missed was the capital of Maine. For this reason, even on my death bed I will be able to tell you that the capital of Maine is Augusta.

10 - Total truth? I stole this list idea from E. Lockhart, author of the Ruby Oliver books - which happen to be some of my favorite young adult novels ever. You can check out more of my best-loved books (and music) on MY FAVES.

Thanks for visiting!

I am represented by the fabulous Kerry Sparks of Levine Greenberg Rostan. She can be reached at


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