Britta Jensen’s debut YA novel Eloia Born won the 2019 Writer’s League of Texas YA Discovery Prize and was long-listed for the 2016 Exeter Novel Prize. Reviewers are calling the book “both a dystopian narrative and a quest story; consider it a spiritual successor to Lois Lowry’s The Giver and M. Night Shyamalan’s The Village.” Subsequent publications include the sequel, Hirana’s War and a novella, Ghosts of Yokosuka. Her stories explore themes of persevering through disability, parental separation, and the intersection of love and various cultures on new worlds. Her short stories have been shortlisted for various prizes in the UK. “Why Not Ophelia,” her subversive retelling of the Hamlet and Ophelia story was recently published in The Castle of Horror Anthology Vol 6. Britta’s plays have been performed in New York City, Japan and South Korea. She earned a BA in Acting Performance from Fordham University and an MA in Teaching of English Literature from Columbia University. For the past seventeen years she has taught creative writing and edited books for both traditional and indie authors. She has received numerous awards, including the General Sharp Award from the US Army, for her innovative teaching of creative writing in New York City, South Korea and Germany. Friends often refer to her as a polyglot—which is a product of living twenty-two years overseas in Japan, South Korea, and Germany before settling in Austin, Texas. She enjoys mentoring writers and editing books with The Writing Consultancy and Yellowbird Editors. In her spare time she dances almost every latin partner dance you can think of, volunteers with the Relief Society, SCBWI and the Writer’s League of Texas. Britta is a member of the Editorial Freelancers Association, Reedsy, and the Alliance for Independent Authors. Visit her YouTube channel for more insights into her writing process.
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