Mary Jennifer Payne was born in Kingston, Ontario. She studied at Queen’s University, and holds a Master of Arts degree as well as her Bachelor of Education from the University of Western Ontario. Mary Jennifer is a graduate of the Humber School for Writers’ Summer Workshop in Creative Writing where she was mentored by the award-winning, young adult writer Marsha Skrypuch. She is also a Special Education teacher at Nelson Mandela Park Public School in the Regent Park neighbourhood of Toronto.
Her writing has been published in journals, anthologies, and magazines in both Canada and abroad. Her graphic novels for young adults, Most Valuable Player, Friends or Enemies, Lion of Africa and Dog Disaster, are a part of the Boldprint Graphic series (OUP), which was awarded the 2010 Texty Award from the Text and Academic Authors’ Association and the 2011 Teachers’ Choice Award for Children’s Books. Since You’ve Been Gone, her first full-length, young adult novel, will be published in 2015 by Dundurn Press.
Photo credit: Laurie Channer
|Since You’ve Been Gone (World Rights: Dundurn Press, 2015)|