Hi, I’m Jenn.
I think the first thing you’ll discover about me is that I’m passionate about a lot of things: skiing, sailing, writing, adventuring, photographing, my cat, and my heritage. My love of travel, new cultures, foreign languages, and adventure has taken me around Europe and North America since I was 13 years old. I’ve lived in Paris and Rennes, worked on volunteer projects in Berlin and Belgium, run with the bulls in Pamplona, taught Norwegian in Norway, raced a sailboat from L.A. to Honolulu, and skied my way across the Alps and the Rocky Mountains.
I moved to Vilnius, Lithuania, on a one-way ticket in December 2003, right after graduating from the University of Colorado at Boulder with a BA in Central and Eastern European Studies. My primary goal was to improve my Lithuanian enough to speak it with my grandmother. I thought I would stay in Lithuania for six months, maybe a year. I ended up staying for five and a half. I was hired as the photo editor for the soon-to-be-launched FHM Lithuania as well as Cosmopolitan and Ieva magazines. I later helped to launch two more women’s magazines Lilit and JOY. My responsibilities included photographing and/or producing features, fashion, and portraits as well as coordinating with photo agencies and preparing product pack shots.
In 2006, I began writing the column “Letter from Lithuania” for Lithuanian Heritage magazine in which I presented life in Lithuania from a Lithuanian-American perspective, thus beginning my professional foray with the written word. I also began a blog named after my journey to Lithuania, One Way Ticket. Many of those posts have been moved to my blog on this site.
While in Lithuania, I also started the first ever ski club for kids, which produced two Olympians: Ieva Januškevičiutė and Rokas Zaveckas who participated at the 2014 Sochi Games. In June 2009, I left Lithuania to work as a ski coach on Mt. Ruapehu in Ohakune, New Zealand. The effects of the recession took me back to Aspen, Colorado, where I worked as a ski instructor, race coach, and art director at Aspen Magazine.
In 2011, I decided to commit fully to my writing and moved to San Francisco, my current base, to earn a Master of Fine Arts degree (MFA) in Writing at California College of the Arts. My focus was on fiction and creative non-fiction, and I nearly completed two novels in two years. I am currently seeking representation for There Is Only One Way Home, a historical fiction novel is based on my grandmother’s story. In San Francisco, I don’t have the access to the mountains I’ve enjoyed most of my professional life, so I took up sailing, a sport that now dominates both my free time and my writing.
Today, I have more than 15 years experience as a photographer, editor, designer, and art director at regional and international publications, which I carry with me into the ever-changing world of content marketing. When I’m not writing fiction, I specialize in marketing services for small businesses. From online content creation to print advertising design, I can help you develop a modern marketing strategy for your brand that will work. I have a long list of existing media relationships, so I can not only help you create a compelling advertisement, I can also place it where it will get the most traction. What I’m really interested in, though, is painting portraits and telling stories—no matter if the tool I use is a paintbrush, a camera, or a handful of words.