Q1. Please tell me more about yourself?
A. I’m a Christian and Navy Veteran, with an MS in
Psychology and a Degree in Creative Writing. I’ve been happily married for almost ten years to
my soulmate. I’m a stay-at-home mom of three little girls. I’ve worked in the Children’s Ministry for
over twenty years. I’m also a former Librarian, Bookseller, and Preschool Teacher. I have
traveled all over the world. I’m passionate about food, music, nature, books, and making a
positive difference in the world. I adore kids and all animals. Although I don’t have a Palomino
and my dream of a farm yet—lately with the publication of my first book and the most amazing
family and friends on the planet, I truly feel like I’m living the dream!
Q2. What are your favorite books to read?
A. My favorite books to read are a mystery, suspense, and true crime. I really enjoy Lisa Scottoline and Joy Fielding. I also am a Stephen King fan and
a sucker for anything written by Nicholas Sparks and Mitch Albom.
Q3. Do you like coffee or tea?
A. I love both! Tea is my MOST favorite drink!
Q4. How many books have you written?
A. One. I just published my first Children’s Picture Book this
last October, which has already won three awards which I’m pretty happy about.
Q5. Do you have a favorite bookstore?
A. Barnes and Noble.
Q6.Did you go to college for writing?
A. I do have a Creative Writing Degree I received later in life. I
have however been writing since I was in Elementary School. In fact, I won my first poetry
contest in 2 nd Grade.
Q7. Growing up what were your favorite books to read?
A. Growing up my interest was mostly non-
fiction, biblical archeology ancient history, and the Classics—and encyclopedias. I’ve always
had a love of books, knowledge, and storytelling.
Q8. How did you get inspired to write a book?
A. The first time it came to mind is while I was sitting
with a friend late one night who was in hospice. I had brought her some books to read, and she
began talking about how she had read so many books in her life, and only now when she was
about to die did it dawn on her that she could’ve written them as well, but sadly never even tried.
That conversation was a game-changer for me. I’d had a passion for books my whole life. Until I
got married, I spent a good two to five days a week in libraries and bookstores. I wrote poetry off
and on my whole life, but never did it occur to me to write a book until then. Just before then I
was going to school to be a psychologist because I hated to see people suffering and I wanted to
help people lead healthier and happier lives. After that night’s conversation and her passing
away, while working as a preschool teacher and in children’s ministry, I realized that I could
make the biggest impact in the world—a positive ripple effect—if I were to create stories for
kids at a young age that would help shape and mold them into becoming happy and healthy
adults. Books and words can be so powerful—I thought I could reach so many more people this
way. Just look at all the books out there that have changed the world. So, one day I sat down at
my kitchen table and wrote “Oliver and the Wishing Star.” Probably in an hour or so.
Q9. What hobbies do you have?
A. I love reading, singing, writing of course and I’m a huge movie
fan. I also love the outdoors, the ocean, being on the water, hiking, running, fishing, camping,
amusement parks, and traveling. Oh, and I’m a huge foodie! I love to cook, and even started a
cookbook of my own years ago. One day it’ll be published.
Q10. Do you have a favorite coffee shop?
Q11. Where can people find you online?
A. I’m pretty active on Facebook and Instagram. I also have
my website, www.jenniferdecker.org where anyone can simply shoot me an email and strike up a
friendly conversation. I’m pretty relaxed and easygoing. Love to chat with people!