Jen Pollock Michel is the author of Teach Us to Want, Christianity Today’s 2015 Book of the Year, which has also been produced as a video series by RightNow Media. Her second book, Keeping Place: Reflections on the Meaning of Home is forthcoming in April, 2017. 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.
Q: What is your most important daily habit?
A: Getting up early to read the Scriptures. 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. But I am learning to love hockey and poutine.
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.