Born in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Jennifer came from a book loving family. Her childhood ambition was to have a book with her name on the spine on the shelves she stacked.

Writing as Jennifer Travis, she produced award-winning educational materials for the Peel District School Board and the Ontario Ministry of Education. She is one of the authors of Explorations, a mathematics program for Addison-Wesley of Canada. For TVO’s “Mathica’s Mathshop”, she received the Federation of Women Teachers Writing Award.

After retirement as an elementary school principal, Jennifer published short stories for a variety of children’s magazines in Canada, Britain and United States. She lives in Mississauga, Ontario, with her husband.

Her first novel with Napoleon, When the Cherry Blossoms Fell, was published in 2009 and was shortlisted for the Hackmatack children's choice award.