Jennifer Lynn Barnes was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma. She has been a competitive cheerleader, a volleyball player, a dancer, a debutante, a primate-cognition researcher, a teen model, a comic-book geek, and a lemur aficionado. She's been writing for as long as she can remember, and wrote her first novel, Golden, when she was nineteen.
Jen graduated from Yale University with a degree in cognitive science 2006, and spent a year doing autism research at the University of Cambridge. She is currently continuing her graduate studies at Yale.