Jennifer Fallon was born in Carlton (a suburb of Melbourne, Australia) and lived in Caulfield until she was 11 when her father, a senior public servant, transferred to the national capital, Canberra. She lived in and around Canberra for about 8 years and went to school at Catholic Girls High School (now Mercy College) in Braddon. She is the ninth child in a family of 13 girls.
The author has lived in the Northern Territory since 1980. She lived at a remote mine site and in Tennant Creek for a while; tried Darwin for a few years then settled in Alice Springs. After a brief stint in Melbourne in 2000, she is back in the Northern Territory.
Jennifer left school at 15 and has has worked as a youth worker, a store detective, shop assistant, an advertising sales rep and executive secretary, among other things. She has managed 2 hire car companies, an ISP, a video shop, been a state manager for an international cosmetics company and worked as a project manager for Territory Health Services.
Jennifer is an accredited workplace trainer and currently works with the NT Department of Corporate and Information Services and Group Training NT, teaching Certificate III in Business to trainees all over the Northern Territory, as well as teaching four days a week at Tangentyere Council as part of the Indigenous CDEP program. She is also the regular movie reviewer for ABC Radio 783 Alice Springs and is currently undertaking a Masters Degree at QUT.
In her spare time, Jennifer founded the Anzac Hill Gymnastics Club in 1991 (now the Alice Springs Gymnastic Club). She was the NT Technical Director of Rhythmic Gymnastics for 4 years and was the 1993 and 1995 NT RG Coach of the Year and judged gymnastics at a National level for a number of years. She coached her daughter, Amanda to an overall win at the Australian Nationals Levels Championships in 1995.
Jennifer's mother, who died when she was 13, was an aspiring (but unpublished) children's writer. Following in her mother's footsteps, like many other writers, in 1981 Jennifer wrote a Mills & Boon that was thankfully rejected. (She burned the manuscript.) She changed to fantasy in 1990 when she decided she would be better writing something for herself, rather than trying to please everyone else and claims to have written about a million words since then.
In 1995, after her ex-husband famously advised her to "quit writing and be a better housewife, because you're never going to get published", Jennifer decided to either get published by the year 2000 or give up writing and get a real job. Significantly, being a better housewife did not factor into her plans.
Her first series, The Demon Child Trilogy, was released in August 2000 in Australia and hit the bestseller list the first week it was released and was shortlisted for the 2000 Aurealis Awards as the best Fantasy of 2000.
Since then, her books have been released all over the world and translated into a number of different languages. Although technically, she writes full time, Jennifer still teaches business and computing, because she insists "it gets me out of the house".
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