Jen Pollock Michel is the author of Teach Us to Want, Christianity Today’s 2015 Book of the Year, as well as Keeping Place: Reflections on the Meaning of Home (May, 2017). Both books have been produced as original video series by RightNow Media. Finalist for The Evangelical Christian Publishers Association New Author Award in 2015, Jen writes widely for both print and digital publications. Additionally, Jen travels to speak at churches, conferences, and retreats. Jen holds a B.A. in French from Wheaton College (Wheaton, IL) and an M.A. in Literature from Northwestern University (Evanston, IL). She is married to Ryan and together, they have five school-age children and live in Toronto.
Q: What kinds of things do you write, Jen?
A: I don’t write romance novels, although I hear there’s a lot of money in that. Mostly, I write about the places where Christian faith intersects real life. I also have academic interests in mid-19th century American literature and women writers called the literary domestics.
Q: What is your most important daily habit?
A: Getting up early to read the Scriptures and look over my calendar. And drinking coffee, of course.
Q: What is your favorite novel?
A: Choosing between Marilynne Robinson’s Gilead, Home, and Lila is nearly impossible, but I’ll go with Home.
Q: Are you Canadian?
A: No. We moved to Toronto from the States in 2011. But I am learning to love hockey and poutine. And hopefully, we’ll soon be permanent residents.
Q: How do you find time to write with five children?
A: I mentioned they were all school-age, right?
Q: What’s one thing we wouldn’t learn about you elsewhere on the Internet?
A: My husband and I compete annually in the mixed doubles tennis tournament at family camp. I’m terrible, and he’s terrific. But I did hit a pretty sweet backhand volley in a match last year.