JEN ESTES is an author living in Illinois. She started her writing career as a baseball blogger in 2007, expanded to freelance sportswriting in 2009 and sold her first three books to Camel Press in 2011.
She is a committed supporter of the National Alliance for Youth Sports, the White Sox Volunteer Corps and Cubs Care/McCormick Foundation. She is also an active member of the Society of American Baseball Research (SABR), Springfield Poets & Writers, Sisters in Crime and the National Writers Union (NWU).
Like all enduring Chicago Cubs fans, Jen is an eternal optimist - despite rhyme or reason, season after heartbreaking season. She was born when the crosstown Southsiders clinched the AL West title. She left for college as the diapered Diamondbacks became the fastest team in history to win the World Series. She married while the rivaled Cards headed to yet another postseason, and honeymooned as the kindred Sox reversed their curse. Nevertheless, Jen continues to "wait 'til next year" and fills the offseason with a league of her own: sassy heroines breaking into the world of professional baseball and discovering the mysteries that lie beyond the diamond. From doping dugouts to awful agents, swindling scouts to reckless rookies, Machiavellian managers to fixated fans, her leading ladies always have to play hardball.
When she isn't writing, Jen enjoys running, practicing yoga, traveling and watching the game with her husband and cat.