a short biography of Jennifer Dwight

Jennifer Dwight has lived and worked in the San Francisco Bay Area’s legal community, the setting for her new suspense novel, for more than thirty years. Her published writing includes books, serialized fiction, short stories, essays, articles, and editorials that span more than two decades.

Jennifer was a tomboy as a kid, an avid basketball player and athlete in high school, long before girls’ sports were well organized. Her only sister, Julia, was a shy, tall beauty who set a high bar for school achievement. Her father was a pilot and flight instructor in the U.S. Air Force, and an accomplished artist in many media. After retirement he became an award-winning and prolific painter of fine, transparent watercolor landscapes. Jennifer’s mother was a spirited homemaker, a Life Master in bridge, a great cook, and talented seamstress who made most of the family’s clothes. Their family was frequently uprooted and forced to adapt to new circumstances due to the demands of military life.

Jennifer has been a writer all her life. She always loved school and anything to do with books, and has written daily from an early age–copious stories, letters, articles, essays, and term papers for school. She also edited her high school’s newspaper and its literary magazine.

She received a B.A. in liberal arts from Colorado College and went to work in the law as a paralegal, preferring the fact-finding and stories of the cases, and all manner of writing involved, to the lawyers’ roles. She was a single mother for many years, and worked in civil litigation to support her family, before retiring to write full-time in 2015.

During her paralegal career Jennifer wrote three non-fiction books including The Nuts & Bolts of Civil Litigation Practice, The Indispensable Paralegal During Discovery, and Law Firm Life: Practical Guidance from a Veteran, as well as a sixty-segment fiction serial, The Dissemblance of Marie Mirabeau, which was published twice by the San Francisco Daily Journal.

Jennifer’s debut novel, The Tolling of Mercedes Bell, a suspenseful legal thriller, won the 2016 Beverly Hills International Book Awards prestigious top prize: the President’s Choice Genius Media Award. It had previously been named the Winner in the Suspense category, a Finalist in two additional categories: Legal Thriller and Women’s Fiction in the Beverly Hills Book Awards. It was a Finalist in the 2016 USA Best Book Awards in the Literary Fiction category, and was named a Finalist in the 2016 Indie Next Generation Book Awards in two categories: Suspense and Thriller.

The San Francisco Book Review‘s five-star review calls it “an unforgettable page-turner—a must read by all!” It has also received excellent reviews from Suspense Magazine, Sunset Magazine, the Portland Book Review, Coastal Living Magazine, Kirkus Reviews, Working Mother Magazine, Brit + Co, BuzzFeed, The Reading Room, and many on-line review blogs.

Mark Bennington