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Meet Jen Pownall | gumboot books

Meet Jen Pownall

Full Name:

Jennifer Anne Sterne-Pownall (Jennifer Pownall is fine – or JenPow to my friends!)

Where did you find out about Gumboot Books?

I first discovered Gumboot Books when I was registering for the 2008 Surrey International Writers’ Conference.  As I perused the lists of people with whom I might meet for a blue pencil or pitching session, I came across the biography of Crystal Stranaghan.  After a visit to the website of her publishing company I was certain that our shared vision of environmental responsibility and educational importance would mesh well together.

Why did you want to work with Gumboot Books?

When I had my meeting at the 2008 conference, my instincts about the possibility of an agreeable partnership were confirmed.  I was impressed with the professional but approachable manner in which Crystal presented herself and her company.  While no working relationship immediately developed a few chance meetings ensured that Gumboot Books was never that far from my mind as an option for the future.  I learned more about the company and have continued to be impressed with its dedication to producing quality works developed with a conscientious approach.

What are you most excited about for this position?

As the new Creative Projects Columnist, I am eager to assist Gumboot Books as they take their progressive philosophy even further.  By writing about a variety of interesting activities and projects for the individuals who visit the company’s website, I am often able to pair an ecologically friendly voice with innovative ideas.  I feel like this is the perfect opportunity to bring together imagination, people, the environment, and technology – the four elements which are the cornerstones of Gumboot Books.

A bit more about Jen:

Amid the countless roles that I enjoy, my time identified as a writer and a child care provider has afforded me a wonderful chance to combine two life-time passions.  Whether I am working on the manuscript for my children’s story, sorting through ideas to include in an upcoming activity book, or crafting an article for Under The Umbrella, I feel that my work plays an important part in my personal endeavors as an advocate of environmental mindfulness and quality programming for kids.  I have had a few poems printed in local anthologies, but am still working towards my goal of being a published book author.  I am hopeful about meeting that aim, partially because I am an optimistic and enthusiastic person by nature and also due to the fact that I regularly work at checking items off my ever-changing life list.

If I could ask you just one question it would probably be: what was your last adventure… and what will be your next?