Dorothea Jensen, born in Boston, Massachusetts, grew up in Chillicothe, Illinois. She majored in English Literature at Carleton College, then taught high school English. After serving as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Brazil, she earned an MA in Secondary Education at the University of New Mexico.
In 1989, Harcourt Brace Jovanovich published Dorothea’s novel for young readers about the American Revolution, The Riddle of Penncroft Farm. Named an International Reading Association Teachers' Choices Selection soon after publication, it is read in classrooms throughout the U.S. In 2014, it won a first place Purple Dragonfly Award in the historical fiction category.
Her newest novel, A Buss from Lafayette, is set in 1825 in the New Hampshire town where Dorothea lives now. It will be released April 22, 2016 by BQB Publishing.
Besides historical fiction, Dorothea has written a series of award-winning illustrated modern Christmas stories in verse. These feature Santa’s Izzy Elves (Tizzy, Blizzy, Dizzy, Frizzy, Quizzy, Fizzy, Bizzy and Whizzy) who are all extremely savvy in 21st century technology.
In addition to being a writer, Dorothea is an experienced actress/singer who played many Gilbert and Sullivan battle axe contralto and ingénue mezzo roles. She also performed in a baroque opera company. (She nearly always lost the hero to the soprano.)