Janet Kay Jensen is author of the award-winning novel, Gabriel's Daughters (Jolly Fish Press, 2015). This book has won several awards:
* "Body, Mind and Spirit" award, Southwest Book Design and Production contest
* Silver medal, Cultural Fiction, Readers Favorite International Book Award
* Category finalist, Eric Hoffer Award for Best New Fiction
* Finalist, Multicultural Fiction, IndieFab Awards
* Silver, Religious Fiction, IndieFab Awards
* Whitney Award Nomination
Don't You Marry the Mormon Boys (Cedar Fort, 2007) won the following awards:
*Gold, Cultural Fiction, Readers Favorite in 2012
* First runner up in Religious Fiction, Eric Hoffer award for new fiction
* Second, League of Utah Writers, full length books in 2006
*An excerpt placed third in the 2005 Association for Mormon Letters Fiction Contest.
* Whitney Award Nomination
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Janet is co-author of The Book Lover's Cookbook, Recipes Inspired by Celebrated Works of Literature and the Passages that Feature Them (Wenger & Jensen, Ballantine, 2003).
Janet recently won second place in The Writer Magazine/Gotham Workshop 2011 national essay/memoir contest. "Baking Day" appeared at WriterMag.com in June 2012.
A parable is included in Parables for Today (Farland, Brown and Kemp, writers and editors, Cedar Fort, 2012).
A short story appears in the ebook Gruff Variations (Writing for Charity 2012).
Her work also appears in Healing Ministry Journal, LDS Writing Secrets, ByLine, Meridian, Everton's Family History Magazine, Heart to Heart Newsletter (Intermountain Donor Services) and The Magic of Stories.
She holds degrees in Speech-Language Pathology from Utah State University and Northwestern University, and worked in the Cache and Logan (Utah) School Districts, and was part-time faculty at Utah State University. She is an adult literacy tutor. Recently, she had the opportunity to record an interview with her literacy student through the StoryCorps(R) program sponsored by National Public Radio. She was named Bridgerland Literacy's Outstanding Tutor for 2008. She has been a guest instructor in a county jail creative writing program for inmates.
Janet has won numerous awards from the League of Utah Writers, including first place in personal essay, humorous poetry, and short story. Her work has also won several honorable mentions in ByLine. She is a member of Authors Guild, LDStorymakers, League of Utah Writers, Women Writing the West, Romance Writers of America, Mortar Board, Bridgerland Literacy, and Utah State University's Old Main Society.
Janet has demonstrated her natural gullibility by serving as a soccer mom, PTA president and Cub Scout leader. She and her husband, Miles, are the parents of three grown sons and have five remarkable grandchildren.
She blogs at www.janetkayjensen.blogspot.com and tweets as @JanetKJensen. Visit her website at www.janetjensen.com. She can be found on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/janet.k.jensen.5 and on Goodreads: