Saturday, June 2, 2012

Author Spotlight: Marion Jensen

We are excited to welcome a number of local authors who will be participating in the Race for Reading. Watch for their name tags and RUN WITH A WRITER! They will also be available to sign books & visit with you after the race. We will introduce them to you here, so you will be ready to meet them on June 9th! 
Meet Marion Jensen (who also writes as Matthew Buckley).

My name is Marion Jensen, and I have feet in two worlds. I’ve worked for ten years in the field of instructional design. I currently work for American Express as a Sr. Instructional Designer, and enjoy the field of education, particularly open education, and social learning.
On the other hand, I’ve always wanted to be an author. I have two books published: Chicken in the Headlights, and Bullies in the Headlights. My next book, Almost Super, is set to come out in the fall of 2013 with Harper Collins.

Chickens in the Headlights

T. Lynn Adams - Author
I got hold of Matthew Buckley's first book, "Chickens in the Headlights." I decided to see if the kids would listen while I read a bit to them at dinner one night. Since then I've eaten a cold dinner every night! Tonight the younger ones actually started chanting 'Chickens, Chickens, Chickens' at the dinner table until I got it out and began reading it!"

Jeff Needles - Association for Mormon Letters
"This is great summer reading, something that can be shared with the kids. What a wonderful read. This is light, easy reading, intended mainly to amuse, and secondarily to instruct. I really enjoyed this book, and hope that Buckley will continue writing."

Dayna Davis - LDS Files
This book was hilarious!! I mean, it was laugh out loud funny... There is nothing quite like giggling over a book."

Jennie Hansen - Meridian Magazine
"It would be easy to assume that Buckley’s book is childish because it is written from the viewpoint of an eight-year-old and it focuses on seven young boys, but Chickens in the Headlights is neither childish nor naive. Rather, it is that rare book that crosses lines to be enjoyed by the whole family. It is the kind of book that can be read aloud at the dinner table or listened to on a long car trip without boring some family members or passing over the heads of others. This book isn’t preachy, though it espouses a number of admirable traits. What it is, is funny."

Bullies in the Headlights

LDS Review
"How could someone possible write a book that elementary school kids and adults are going to enjoy together? I thought that was a right saved for “Harry Potter” only. It turns out that author Matthew Buckley was right - it is a great book for the whole family!"

Jennie Hansen - Meridian Magazine
"Those who laughed uproariously over Chickens in the Headlights won’t be disappointed in this one. It’s more of the same outrageous family humor."

Look for Marion at the race! He has generously donated two copies of Bullies in the Headlights. Thank you!!

You can follow Marion at,  and on twitter @marionjensen.

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