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AUTHOR BIO

My daughter is 18 months old in this picture. This is the "real me".
I'm in my PJs, my hair is not brushed, but my teeth are.
       Here are my girls at 2 years old sitting in their great-grandpa's chair.
They loved Richard Scarry books and any book by Eric Carle.

My favorite books as a kid were:
• The Monster at the End of This Book
• Sammy the Seal
• Frog and Toad are Friends
• The Phantom Tollbooth
• Encyclopedia Brown
• Nancy Drew Mysteries

The Sound of Music was my favorite movie as a kid, and it is still my favorite.

My mother and my sister have been my best girl friends my whole life.

My favorite lunch as a kid was peanut butter and jelly sandwiches with chocolate milk.

My favorite musical artists are:
• Sting
• Lauren Hill
• Annie Lennox
• Luther Vandross
• Erykah Badu
• The Doobie Brothers
As a kid I listened to my mother's music so I knew all of the songs by Elvis Presley, Paul Anka, and Tom Jones. (I still love Tom Jones)
When I was about 10 years-old my favorite band was the Bay City Rollers. I had all of their albums.

I was involved in many activities as a kid:
• Ballet
• Figure Skating
• Chorus
• Children's Theater
• Baton Twirling
I remember being in a few parades and my mother was instructed to make our hats out of clorox bleach bottles.

I remember in my senior year of high school I wrote a poem when they were calling for students to submit them. The poem chosen would be the class of 1985 official poem to be read at graduation and printed in the yearbook. I do not remember my poem but I think one of the lines read something like “All the girls dressed like so, It was like a fashion show”.. OK, I’m exaggerating a bit but it was pretty bad. If I remember correctly, the poem that was chosen used a merry-go-round as the metaphor to speak of life’s purpose and the future, and it certainly did not rhyme. I recall my study hall teacher announcing the winner and listing the four names of those who submitted poems. My name was listed last and as he said my name he looked down his long nose and gave me the most pretentious, condescending look. I have nightmares that he kept that poem for the last twenty years and pulls it out every once in a while when he needs a good laugh. I like to think that my writing has improved since then.

I was an honor-roll student all the way through high school. I was in the National Honor Society and graduated 8th out of 525 students.

I sold shoes and taught aerobics while in college. At one point I owned over 200 pairs of shoes. Yikes!

I gained 49 pounds while pregnant with my twins. In the first year my husband and I changed over 7000 diapers.

I was fortunate enough to know all 4 of my great-grandparents on my mother's side. We recently celebrated my maternal grandmother's 85th birthday. She has 8 daughters, 20 grandchildren, and 18 great-grandchildren

SERIOUS BIO                                                                 This is me trying to look serious. It looks like I am smirking but I was trying hard not to giggle.

My name is Jennifer L. Rogala but my friends call me Jenn. I have lived in the Boston area my whole life. I attended Boston University and received my BA in Computer Science in 1991. In October 2000 I married a wonderful man and in August 2003 we welcomed beautiful fraternal twin daughters. I also have two cats named Merry and Pippin. My husband is a huge JRR Tolkien fan and he has turned me into one also. Both my husband and I work full-time out of the home in the Information Technology field. I develop clinical systems used in several of the hospitals in the Boston area. The work is extremely rewarding. Our team provides services to clinicians so they can provide safer care for their patients. I have co-published a few papers on the topic of Healthcare Information Technology and have presented at the Healthcare Information Management Systems Society (HIMSS) in 2002 and 2006. One of the systems our team developed to ensure safer chemotherapy dosing was featured on the show 20/20 in 1995.

I find writing very relaxing even though I obsess over every word. I must admit that writing has never come easy to me. I was good at math and science but always had to work harder in English classes.

It was not until I became pregnant with my girls that I started writing stories for children, and it was not until they were born that I decided I wanted to try to have at least one of my stories published. From their infancy my twin daughters loved books. My husband and I have spent a couple New England winters snowed in reading their favorite books over and over. Seeing the joy books gave to my children inspired me to try to get one published and dedicate it to them.

I do most of my writing at night after my children are in bed. The house is quiet and this is the time that I focus on my writing. I get in my pajamas and go into the office that I share with my husband. We both have our own PCs. I write and he plays computer games. This is the time when we relax from our busy days. We also make sure we have a few “date nights” during the week.