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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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. What’s your greatest flaw?

A. Wanting to please everyone and have them like me, and not speaking up for myself as a result

Q. If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you choose to be?

A. Right here at my writing desk. Or traipsing through Dracula's Transylvanian castle with my best friend, exploring the ABBA Museum in Stockholm with my mother, or dancing in the streets of Havana with my boyfriend.

Q. What’s your greatest fear?

A. To be eternally separated from loved ones after death

Q. With whom in history do you most identify?

A. Carole Lombard and Scarlett O'Hara

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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