Jennifer Echols

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Jennifer Echols was born in Atlanta and grew up in a small town on a beautiful lake in Alabama—a setting that has inspired many of her books. Her nine romantic novels for young adults have been published in seven languages and have won the National Readers’ Choice Award, the Aspen Gold Readers’ Choice Award, the Write Touch Readers’ Award, the Beacon, and the Booksellers’ Best Award. Her novel Going Too Far was a finalist in the RITA and was nominated by the American Library Association as a Best Book for Young Adults. She lives in Birmingham with her husband and her son. Visit her at

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Books by this Author

Most Likely to Succeed
Star Crossed
Perfect Couple
Biggest Flirts
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Jennifer Echols: The Acclaimed Young Adult Author Revealed

Jennifer Echols on getting published, her love of running, and her passion for both reading and writing Young Adult fiction.

My Life in 8 Words

Author Revealed

Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. Write the book you want to read.

Q. What do you regret most?

A. Not traveling more before I had a child.

Q. What trait is most noticeable about you?

A. I wish it were my blonde hair, but I'm pretty sure it's my weird nose.

Q. If you could meet any historical character, who would it be and what would you say to him or her?

A. I would try to save the four girls killed in the Birmingham church bombing on September 15, 1963. I live in Birmingham and September 15 is my birthday, so they are never far from my mind.

Q. Who is your favorite fictional hero?

A. Quentin Compson.

Author Voices

December 08, 2011

You can download it right now! The paperback will be in stores on February 7.

It is completely coincidental but very fitting that my book shares its birthday with a special person. Gemma, the heroine of this book, is a majorette in the marching band. When I told my friends Jessica and Amy, who were majorettes in my marching band, that I needed their help writing a book, they knew exactly where their batons were and gave me a demonstration on Amy's lawn. Jessica is turning 21 for the umpteenth time today, and Amy (to whom The Ex Games is also dedicated--I pretty much mine Amy's life for my books) is turning 21 for the... see more

November 16, 2011

We interrupt this National Novel Writing Month for a couple of special announcements. First, the e-book version of The One That I Want will go on sale only three weeks from today, on December 6! You can pre-order it for Kindle or Nook. If you prefer a paperback, it will be in stores on February 7. You can pre-order it now from see more

July 20, 2011

Happy release day to me! Love Story appears in bookstores and Kroger today! For links to lots of giveaways, visit my blog at!

July 18, 2011

Snag free copies of Love Story and my other romantic dramas all over the web and at showings of Friends with Benefits on opening weekend! Deets on my blog at

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