Proper bio:

Jenna St. Hilaire writes speculative fiction as well as essays, various blogstuffs, and songs, which are sometimes about one or the other of her favorite novels. She is the Associate Fiction Editor for Unsettling Wonder magazine, and she sits with the Blogengamot at the Potter-themed mythopoeia site TheHogsHead.org. Her critical writing has appeared in Harry Potter for Nerds: Essays for Fans, Academics, and Lit Geeks (Unlocking Press, 2011), and her novella Elina Evenfair, a retelling of Hans Christian Andersen's Thumbelina, has been accepted for publication with Unsettling Wonder Press. She lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband, a cat named Maia, and a lot of houseplants and books.

Additional information for fun:

I am exactly two hundred and twenty-two years younger than Mozart, a hundred and forty-six years younger than Lewis Carroll, and a day shy of a hundred and sixty-five years younger than Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice. I like to think that these brilliant artists are partly responsible for my literary and musical propensities, but perhaps others may not want to blame this blog on their genius.

I'm also a Hufflepuff. But no, I am not a "really good finder."

Book-related Q & A:

Which character in fiction are you most like? I have something of Hermione Granger's "bushy brown hair, and rather large front teeth", Lucy Pevensie's sense of wonder, and Swiss mountain girl Heidi's innocent domesticity.

Which characters in fiction do you most love? Albus Dumbledore. Ender Wiggin. Anne Elliot. Beatrice. Hermione Granger. Frodo and Sam. Mortimer Folchart. Egwene al'Vere or Nynaeve al'Meara; I can't pick. The whisky priest. Cordelia Flyte. Sara Crewe. Wanderer. The post-Ghost-of-Christmas-Future Ebenezer Scrooge.

If you could have one superpower, what would it be? I think the ability to fly would neutralize many of my biggest fears, unless I couldn't lose the fear of heights.

Favorite symbolism: White lilies.

Favorite caught-up-in-reading moment: Feeling so bad for Elizabeth Bennet that I started praying for her.

At the end of your own story, who would you like to be?: Someone known for faith, hope, charity, and a pure heart.

Non-story-based stuff, just in case you wondered (yes, these are popular questions from those internet quizzes that go around):

Do you have a boyfriend/girlfriend? My best-ever boyfriend became my husband in August of 2008.

Do you have a best friend? Briana

Do you rank your speed dial in order of favorite friends? Speed dial? I've never used that.

Who knows all your secrets? Jesus

Who do you cry with? Mom

What is your usual quote? "In the end it mattered not that you could not close your mind. It was your heart that saved you." —J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

Summer, winter, spring or fall? Summer, spring blossom, fall colors, and Christmas

Chocolate or vanilla? Both

Coffee or alcohol? In honor of centuries of authorial tradition, both. No opiates, though.

Morning or evening? I dream of being a morning person. The problem is just that I love working late into the night too much.

I'd like to know you, too! You're welcome to leave a comment on the blog telling me about yourself. Feel free to answer any or all of these questions, or to make up your own.