Press Release “Childrens Series, Penny and Rio reaches Muti-award level”


Jennifer is the Featured Author of the Month on

                         The Book Cubby




In the Author Spotlight for the month of November at

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Interview with Simon Barrett on BlogTalkRadio

Also a written version of the interview Here

Do you set out with and educational value active in your mind or do you just sort of stumble into it along the way?

Jennifer: I believe that books should have a message, not one that beats you over the head, but a subtle one.  I think children are extremely intellingent and will pick up on it. So when I write my books, I do have a message in mind.  More>>

Interview with Norm Goldman on

Why have you been drawn to writing children’s books about dogs?

Well, two things, I love dogs and I have children.  I wanted to write a book that would allow children’s imagination to soar. I mean what kid wouldn’t want to read about a dog who was a detective?  That conjures up all kinds of funny pictures.  I write for children because I love to see kids read and sometimes finding the right book can be a great tool for teaching a child how to love reading.  More>>

Podcast with Penny Sanseiveri of Fascinating

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Author Beginnings Interview

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Is there a particular event that stands out to you that helped you become an author?
I have always written stories, but it was never something I concentrated on. Then a couple of years ago I went through a prolonged illness. It was very difficult. One of the things that helped me get through was writing. When I recovered, I realized that I needed to make writing a priority in my life because that is what I loved, so I dedicated more time to writing and since then have published this book. More>>

Stop, Drop and Read Literary Blog

How many people here were readers since they were kids and used to love picture books? And at the same time, how many loved puppies and dogs (or still do)? I know I was both.

Jennifer Swanson is a children’s author and her debut picture story is Penny & Rio: The Mysterious Backyard Meeting. Based on the author’s once beloved dogs, Penny and Rio are complete opposite canines. After moving into the new home, curious Penny wants to find out what kind of meeting some animals are having in the backyard. But will Rio help her crack the mystery or prefers to sleep instead? More>>

Read about Jennifer participating in Literacy Week at Merrill Road Elementary School on the Duval County School Website

“For Jennifer Swanson, life is filled with mystery. Books, that is! So when she decided to write a children’s book, it was only logical that she would keep a magnifying glass handy!” The Wash Rag, Summer Edition 2008  (Newsletter from

Midwest Book Review, May 2008

Penny & Rio: The Mysterious Backyard Meeting is a softcover children’s book featuring two canine friends who are diametric opposites. Penny is curious and adventurous, while her sister Rio likes to sleep most of the day. When Penny discovers that a cat, a groundhog, a squirrel, and an owl are using her backyard as a meeting place, she is determined to learn more about what is going on – while Rio is convinced that sleep is young people who are almost ready to graduate to chapter books, and an important underlying theme – that one should be responsible for one’s current pets and not abandon them to the city pound for a new pet – is also present in the cat’s tale. Highly recommended, especially for young dog lovers.