Welcome to My Website

Whether you landed here by choice or by chance, I’m glad you stopped by! I’m  a children’s author, presenter, and former elementary counselor who loves to visit schools and write books. When I’m not on the road, I can be found working in my “writing lair,” on the front porch, or at Starbucks. I live in St. Louis, Missouri with my art-director husband and a biscuit-loving office “assistant.”Jeanie_Paris2013-0128

I’ve worn many writing hats over the years, and I bring that range of experience to classrooms and conferences. Although I primarily pen picture books, the writing process is universal. I’ve worked with students from kindergarten through high school, as well as teachers and fellow writers. My presentations are engaging and informative, relatable and relevant. I’m still booking author visits for the 2014-2015 school year, and would love to hear from you. I’m also available for conferences and professional development workshops. Just click on the “Contact” button above.

I’m represented by Lori Kilkelly at Rodeen Literary Management, and my next book comes out in February 2015. Three more picture books are scheduled. Titles and publication dates to be announced soon. Follow me on Facebook for updates!

Now Available: Free Downloadable CCSS-Aligned Discussion and Activity Guides for What Really Happened to Humpty? and The Crown Affair. Click here to be directed to my Author Visits page where you’ll find links at the bottom of the page for the guides.

CROWN-AFFAIR-COVER_100x132 What REALLY Happened to Humpty? What Parents Do When You're Not Home Don't Squeal Unless It's a Big Deal I Don't Want to Talk About It GrandmaU_front-cover_LOREZ_120x98