Jennifer Niven

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Jennifer Niven divides her time between Atlanta (where she was named one of Jezebel Magazine's 50 Most Beautiful People) and Los Angeles (where her film Velva Jean Learns to Drive won an Emmy Award and she once played the part of Shania Twain in a music video). Her first book, The Ice Master, was released in 2000 and named one of the top ten nonfiction books of the year by Entertainment Weekly.  Jennifer's second book, Ada Blackjack, released in 2003, was a Book Sense Top Ten Pick. When she isn't writing, Jennifer studies belly dancing, yoga, and electric guitar; and explores her inner bombshell.

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Books by this Author

Jennifer Niven quit her job as a television producer to write the true story of a doomed 1913 Arctic expedition in her first book, The Ice Master, which was named one of the top ten nonfiction books by Entertainment Weekly, and won the Barnes & Noble Discover Award. She received high praise for her follow- up arctic adventure, Ada Blackjack, which detailed the life of one woman who overcame enormous odds to survive. Now, Niven tells a survival tale of a different kind; her own thrilling,...

My Life in 8 Words

Author Revealed

Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. Live out loud. Do unto others. Dream big. And there's nothing you can't do.

Q. If you could be any person or thing, who or what would it be?

A. I'm happy being me, but I would love to have a day to be: a spy, a Rockette, a movie star from the 1930s, a Bond Girl, a go-go dancer, a Bronte, an outlaw, Kobe Bryant, a Charlie's Angel, and a rock star

Q. What are your 5 favorite songs?

A. "Dancing Queen" (ABBA), "Cocaine Blues" (Johnny Cash), "The Unclouded Day" (hymn), "In the Mood" (Glenn Miller), "O Mio Babbino Caro" (from "Gianni Scicchi" by Puccini; sung by Kiri Te Kanawa)

Q. What’s your greatest fear?

A. To be eternally separated from loved ones after death

Q. What’s your best quality?

A. Spreading joy, love, and good cheer

Author Voices

June 23, 2009

  1. You must kiss your pride and dignity goodbye.
  2. There is no such thing as writing a memoir half-way.  You have to jump in with both feet, legs, arms, shoulders, hands, head, and heart.
  3. Everyone remembers the same event differently.
  4. It's fun to relive old memories.
  5. It's agonizing to relive old memories.
  6. If you have any doubt, change names!  Not only to protect the people you're writing about, but yourself.
  7. It's fine to leave things out.  In fact, it's better to leave things out.
  8. No matter how much they ask, your loved ones don't want to know the things you...
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