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Writing is the hardest way of earning a living, with the possible exception of wrestling alligators. - Olin Miller

Background Information

Born with a profound hearing loss in both ears, I began wearing hearing aids at the age of five. When I was nine, a boy pinned the label "Four Ears" on me. When you think about it, that was quite clever. I started writing seriously in Y2K while pregnant with my Y2K-compliant daughter and haven't shown signs of slowing down! I owe my inspiration to the hottest thing since sliced jalapenos, my househubby, Stephen. He is currently tackling our fixer-upper with four kids under the age of 8 strapped to his toolbelt. With all the blessings in my life, I don't have to look far for inspiration in my writing!

Birth Place
Fort Richardson, AK 

Entrusted with molding four precious lives - Cody, Ethan, Matthew, and Madison.

Second-place winner in Authorlink 2002 contest!

Crowned Heartwarmers Gem at the Heartwarmers website for my contributions (see below for link).

Crowned Featured Writer at the HeartTouchers website for my contributions (see below for link).

Recognized in 1997 as Department of the Army Outstanding Employee of the Year with a Disability.

Recipient of the Jennifer Phillips Award for Spirit and Courage.

Poem called "Onions" garnered first place in the Imperfect Logic Poetry Contest! Check it out on

Additional Information

My first book is hot off the press!

"Four Ears: Works of Heart" (PublishAmerica, ISBN: 1-59286-781-2), June 2003

You can buy "Four Ears" at!

My stories appear in the following books:

"Heartwarmers of Love" (Adams Media, ISBN: 1580624715), April 2001

"Stories for a Woman's Heart: The Second Collection" (Multnomah Publishers, ISBN: 1576738590), October 2001

"Chicken Soup for the Soul of America" (Chicken Soup Enterprise, ISBN: 0757300065), February 2002

"Heartwarmers of Spirit: Triumphs over Life's Challenges" (Adams Media, ISBN: 1580625967), May 2002

"The Don't Sweat Stories: Inspirational Anecdotes from Those Who've Learned How Not to Sweat It" (Hyperion, ISBN: 078688794X), January 2003

"Half Full: 40 Inspiring Stories of Optimism, Faith, and Hope" (Fair Winds Press, ISBN: 1931412367), April 2003

Poetry, "Gallaudet Today" (1981, 1982)

Writing a novel-length fictional romance called "Wife Seeking Wife" - check out the first chapter at my website below (Stories of Heart). No, it's not about lesbian love - sorry to disappoint you. You'll be pleasantly surprised...and moved.

I've had several poems published in "Gallaudet Today," prompting a high school teacher in Tallahassee, Florida, to encourage his deaf students to write me. Those letters, written over 20 years ago, are one of my most treasured keepsakes.

Favorite Links

Stories of Heart
Check out my award-winning website and subscribe to FREE inspirational stories every Tuesday. Here's your chance to submit an inspirational story, quote by lesser known people (i.e., friends and family), or a family love moment. Tour the website for more on submission guidelines. Don't pass up the chance to pass on the love!

Check out my stories at this heartwarmin' website! You can look me up under Heartwarmers Gems. This site helped me get noticed by the Chicken Soup folks. Others published at this site have had their stories published in magazines and in the Heartwarmers book like myself! Prerequisite: Box of kleenex!

Interview with Jennifer Oliver
Michael T. Powers, founder of inspirational e-zine, HeartTouchers, interviewed Heartwarmers Gem Jennifer Oliver.

Bless her heart, my Aunt Grace, who just turned 83, fulfilled a lifelong dream of adding "novelist" to her resume. Check out Grace Rasmussen's sweet book "Billie-Girl Gets Butterflies." She's won numerous awards for her poetry, short stories, and essays, which appeared in a variety of periodicals as well as a monthly column in the newspaper of a small Iowa town called Manilla. Congratulations, Aunt Grace!

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