© Jeannie M. Bushnell, 2013
Fiction writer, essayist, and illustrator.
She’s also a vegan, baker, entrepreneur, and nature lover.
Jeannie wrote her first book in elementary school. She painstakingly wrote, illustrated, bound it together in cardboard, and created the fabric cover out of an old pillowcase. A voracious reader, her heroes were the authors who possessed the power to create the characters and stories that kept her awake into the wee hours of the night as she devoured their words.
As a student of journalism, broadcast communications, and rhetoric, Jeannie further developed her love for the art of telling a good story. Her love of animals, research, and investigative reporting threw her into the world of animal rescue. Delving deeper into this world, Jeannie turned all creative and professional endeavors to spreading compassion for all living things.
In addition to her work as a freelance writer, Jeannie is an entrepreneur who creates her own line of eco-friendly pet products, and as a vegan baker and cake decorator, Jeannie shares her food, recipes, and tips with vegans and non-vegans alike.
Caring for her beloved companion animals in their last stages of life exposed the finite nature of life to her, pushing Jeannie to put pen to paper and write her first novel. Well, second, lest we forget her childhood bear tale.
Jeannie is a summa cum laude graduate of the University of Illinois. A grassroots activist, Jeannie has spearheaded numerous community campaigns to promote progressive animal welfare and rights legislation.
Described as someone who has never met a stranger, Jeannie enjoys befriending her readers and supporting her fellow writers. Always willing to chat for a spell, Jeannie hopes to hear from you!
A native Texan, raised in Roanoke, Virginia, with stopovers in Illinois, Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Tennessee, Jeannie now resides in Charlotte, North Carolina.