JENNY TORRES SANCHEZ is a full-time writer and former English teacher. She was born in Brooklyn, New York, but has lived on the border of two worlds her whole life. She lives in Orlando, Florida, with her husband and children.
My name is just Jenny, not Jennifer, or Victoria, or Elizabeth, or Lizzie, which is what I tried to make friends and my sister call me when I was younger because Jenny didn't sound fancy enough. I spent a lot of time trying to come up with better names because I thought Jenny was just too plain. I was quite the aristocrat, you see. I even tried to convince my fourth grade teacher that my name was Gennifer (like the creative spelling?), which caused a lot of confusion on that year's state assessment test. Anyway, I like Jenny now and find it suits me just fine. Also, as you can see by this picture, I resembled a boy most of my childhood. This didn't scar me at all. Not even when a second grade substitute teacher called on me by addressing me as "Young man, yes you, young man right there. YOU! With the plaid shirt on!"
I graduated high school but decided to go back as a teacher and make teens read The Scarlet Letter, The Great Gatsby, A Streetcar Named Desire, and other works they swore they'd never understand. But they did (they did, I tell you!), and we had some very cool discussions, and my students were some of the coolest people I have ever met and a large part of why I write YA.
Some other reasons I write YA:
I have that kind of pissed off look teenagers everywhere have perfected. Not because I'm actually pissed off, that's honestly just how I usually look.
Even though I come from a time before YouTube, iPods, DVR, The Cartoon Network, I still feel teenager-ish most of the time.
Sometimes adults make me uncomfortable. Most expect you to make small talk and you have to know about things like insurance. I'm not so good at small talk and I don't know jack about insurance. i do like other YA authors, though, most of who still wear Converse and Doc Martins. I prefer that world.
YA readers are cool, so I like to write for cool people.
In addition to writing, I like to paint and take pictures. I also like to listen to music. A LOT. Like all the time. I wish there was a way for music to play in the background of my life and change according to my mood and situation--like a movie. My taste ranges from The Smiths to Violent Femmes, to the Beastie Boys, to Lila Downs, to a band called Los Tigres del Norte which is basically Mexican polka. Yeah, I'm not kidding about that last one.
One more bit about me: I tend to overuse the word cool, but this by no means diminishes its utter awesomeness and coolness. Also, thanks for checking out my site. You're cool.