Jen's home town is Newcastle upon Tyne in the north east of England, though she lived within sound of Durham Cathedral bells until she was seven. She attended Grangefield Grammar School in Stockton on Tees, and later went to Newcastle University as a mature student, where she gained an Honours degree in English Language & Literature. Work in various industrial, public and academic libraries in the north east followed. She was library manager at Gateshead College for a number of years and achieved publication with her first book, Banners of Alba.
She updates her blog three times a week: http://jenblackauthor.blogspot.com
and can also be found on Twitter, Facebook and Goodreads.