Who am I?

I’m a tale-spinning, stargazing, rock collecting Hufflepuff.
Lover of rain, words, and song.
Horse lover. Art dabbler. Mermaid.
Amateur foodie. Eclectic.
A work-in-progress.

Living life balanced between reality and dreams.

Long Bio

Born and raised in Minnesota, I grew up enjoying the Northern Lights, country living, and outdoor adventures. From early on I had an interest in books and desired to be an author. At the age of eight years, I crafted several children books out of construction paper complete with illustrations and an author’s bio on the back cover, certain that I’d be an author one day.

Then life happened and my dream dissolved into dust to be swept under a rug and forgotten. Writing didn’t leave me, though, as I continued to take pen to paper and capture the abstract and make it concrete.

The dream to become an author remained dormant as I went off to college, got married, and leveled out the ups and downs of life. Along the way I found myself writing grants and promotional materials for nonprofit organizations, penning poetry and essays while little by little the desire to write returned. I finally decided to put one foot in front of the other and pursue my dream to become an author.

With my husband’s constant support and belief, I have taken time off work to focus on caring for our two precious children and, of course, writing.

If you’d like to contact me, please feel free to email me at jlmbewe[at]gmail[dot]com.

Short Bio

Writing as J. L. Mbewe, Jennette is an author, artist, mother, wife, but not always in that order. Born and raised in Minnesota, she now braves the heat of Texas, but pines for the Northern Lights and the lakes of home every autumn. She loves trying to capture the abstract and make it concrete. She is currently living her second childhood with her wonderful husband and two precious children who don’t seem to mind her eclectic collections of rocks, shells, and swords, among other things. Here, between reality and dreams, you will find her busily creating worlds inhabited by all sorts of fantasy creatures and characters, all questing about and discovering true love amid lots of peril.

Her debut novel, Secrets Kept, was nominated for the 2014 Clive Staples Award. Her second novel, Darkened Hope was a semi-finalist for the 2017 Alliance Award.