Denise Jaden is, or has been, everything from a professional Polynesian dancer and fitness competitor to a mushroom farmer and church secretary. Most of her time now is spent homeschooling or playing with her young son (also a fast-drafter of fiction) or in front of her computer writing.
Jaden's hard-hitting fiction for teens includes Losing Faith, Never Enough, Foreign Exchange, A Christmas Kerril, and Avalanche. She wrote the first draft of her first novel (Losing Faith, Simon & Schuster, 2010) in 21 days during NaNoWriMo 2007.
Her nonfiction books for writers include Writing With a Heavy Heart, the NaNoWriMo-popular guide Fast Fiction, and upcoming Story Sparks.
Denise lives just outside Vancouver, Canada with her husband and son.