Meet Jennifer Moorhead

IMG_7934I write thrillers. My stories lurk in those dark little corners of the past where no one wants to look. I shape my characters around the morsels I discover there.

Stephen King and Dean Koontz got me through high school. Because of their books, I found a love for all things that go bump in the night.

After graduating from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge (Geaux Tigers!), I found my way to southern California. But the siren call of the South wailed for me to return, so I packed up and headed to Texas where I attended creative writing classes at SMU under author, Suzanne Frank and author and playwright, Barbara Wedgwood. Afterward, back in my home state of Louisiana, I continued studying creative writing at LSUS in addition to traveling to writers’ conferences like the Algonkian New York Pitch Conference, the Texas Writing Retreat, the NOLA Written in the Stars Conference, and ThrillerFest. I am a member of Mystery Writers of America and Writers’ League of Texas.

Last spring, after a year of querying, I signed with agent Travis Pennington at The Knight Agency. 

When I’m not embarrassing my teenagers on social media or clinging to my saddle in an arena, I’m wandering the winding trails by my home, photographing swamps and critters and, of course, gators.


Quick Q & A:

Aside from writing what fills your days?

I love tennis and yoga, but horses make me feel like a kid again.  There’s something about growing up in a saddle that gives you a special kind of confidence. Oh, and you learn how to take a fall!

What were your 3 favorite books growing up? Recently?

I was the kid who actually looked forward to the summer reading list. The Red Pony, Fahrenheit 451, and later, in high school, anything by Stephen King or Dean Koontz.

Recently, I loved Dare Me by Megan Abbott, Less by Andrew Sean Greer, and The Last Mrs. Parrish by Liv Constantine.

What show are you currently binge-watching?

The Haunting of Hill House and Mom – all about balance!

Anything you’re trying to work through in the coming year?

My crush on Marcus Lemonis

Spicy or Sweet?

Both. In the same glass. Preferably with a salted rim.

Beach or mountain?

Definitely beach. Which is hard because I married a mountain man.