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About Denise


The Official Bio...

Denise Jaden wrote her debut novel, Losing Faith, in twenty-one days during NaNoWriMo in 2007, and she loves talking with writers and students alike about drumming up story ideas and her just-get-to-the-end fast-drafting process. Jaden’s other young adult novels include Never Enough, A Christmas Kerril, Foreign Exchange, and Avalanche. Her nonfiction books for writers include Writing with a Heavy Heart and the NaNoWriMo-popular guide Fast Fiction. Her latest how-to writing guide is Story Sparks, out in 2017. In her spare time, she homeschools her son (who is also a fast drafter of fiction), acts in TV and movies, and dances with a Polynesian dance troupe. She lives just outside Vancouver, British Columbia, with her husband and son.

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The Detailed (AKA Long-Winded) Bio:

I am, or have been, everything from a professional Polynesian dancer and fitness and strength competitor to a mushroom farmer and church secretary.Most of my time now is spent homeschooling or hanging out with our thirteen-year-old son, on set acting, or in front of my computer writing. I've been writing for about fourteen years. I've published fiction for teens and nonfiction for writers, as well as short stories and articles for magazines.My pet peeves include clutter (somebody please tell my husband this!), wet socks, and being cold (which is a common occurrence in B.C.!)

My writing has appeared in Mississippi Crow Magazine (Spring, 2008), The Greensilk Journal (Fall 2007 - where LOCKED AWAY, won an Editor's Choice Award),and The Tidepool Fiction Ezine. My novels from Simon & Schuster include LOSING FAITH and NEVER ENOUGH, and have received various nominations and awards through Romance Writers of America, INSPY, and SCBWI. The first draft of my debut novel, LOSING FAITH, was written in 21 days during NaNoWriMo 2007. My first non-fiction book, WRITING WITH A HEAVY HEART: Using Grief and Loss to Stretch Your Fiction, was out in October, 2012. My second and third non-fiction books for writers, FAST FICTION and STORY SPARKS were released from New World Library, and then another YA, FOREIGN EXCHANGE was an Editor's Pick from Evernight Teen. My latest young adult novel, AVALANCHE, was released from Leap Books in 2016.

I live just outside Vancouver, Canada with my husband, Ted, and our thirteen-year-old son, who I homeschool (and who fast drafts his own stories during NaNo each year).

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4 thoughts on “About Denise”

  • Hello Denise,
    I have read your book “Fast Fiction” and I liked it. Thank you for shedding light on the darkness that still is NaNoWriMo. I am going to attempt it for the first time this year. Your book has encouraged me to do so. However, I have difficulty stuffing all the chapters (and work steps/processes) into one month. I can’t figure out how much time each of those steps is supposed to take me or how long it takes you, so I can make an estimated guess how long it will take me to work through each step/chapter. Can you give me some pointers? I’d really appreciate it.
    By the way, I absolutely loved the creativeness of your method (having read so many others), I love your light-hearted approch to outlining. You make it seem like fun, more of a game really. I do like that a lot.
    Kind regards,

    • Thanks so much for your response, Daniela, and I’m so glad to hear you’ve enjoyed FAST FICTION! As far as each step/chapter goes–to be honest, I don’t break it down this way during the first draft. I’ll often add “Chapter ???” where I think there could eventually be a chapter break, but that often changes during revision. Don’t sweat the small stuff, is my mantra. And keep writing forward, getting the words down, and trusting you will have the bones of a great story after you’ve finished and put it aside to let it breathe for a while.

      All the very best with your first attempt at NaNo this year, Daniela! I will be rooting for you.

  • Hi Denise.
    I found your webpage a few days ago and have enjoyed reading everything. I’ve ordered a copy of Fast Fiction and Writing With a Heavy Heart. They should be here by early October. I’m wondering when I may access your printable Writing Tips?
    For the first time I am going to enter NaNoWriMo. I’m excited as well as apprehensive but … nothing ventured nothing gained!
    Thank you for your encouraging videos and tips!

    • Hi Val! I’m excited to hear you’ll be using my books to try NaNoWriMo! I will be rooting for you, and hope my books are helpful along the way.

      As for writing tips–I have some under Resources here on the website, that you should be able to access any time. Also, if you sign up on the main page of my website ( for Writing Tips to Your Inbox, you will get semi-regular tips from me via email. Unfortunately I don’t have time to send these as often as I’d like, but I hope to remedy that this November.

      Thanks again for getting in touch, Val, and all the very best to you with your writing 🙂


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