Jen was born in Cleveland, Ohio – home of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, formerly burning rivers and B-ballers who take their talents to South Beach. From third grade on, she was reared in Newbury, Ohio, a small township with two stoplights and a Dairy King instead of a Dairy Queen. She got married at 23 and divorced at 26. In 2000, Jen moved to Washington, D.C. to continue her consulting career and flourished. She bought a house, remarried and then thought, what else?

For a long time, she has ignored the voice in her head telling her to “start writing dammit!” There are other voices in her head that she prefers to ignore – Shut up! I think opening another bottle of wine at 2:00 a.m. is a perfectly sound decision! – but the writing voice? It got louder. Jen has published professionally in trade magazines, but yearned to write words other than “change management,” “paradigm shift,” or “wheelhouse.” So she set out to do just that, publishing humorous, honest pieces in magazines and anthologies and completing her first book, a memoir titled You’re Not Pretty Enough. The title refers to something her ex would say to her, which is why *ahem* he’s her ex.

Jen also performs her stories live in Washington, DC and New York City where she produces a monthly show.

Photo credit: J. Windon, The Blonde Photographer.

  • Laura B.

    Girl, you are such an inspiration. I am so honored to know you and cannot wait to celebrate the book in October – and for years to come!

  • Jennifer Tress

    Aww…back at ya girl! Can’t wait until we go gaga…

  • Tennille Madere

    This is the perfect post and may be one that ought to be followed up to see how things go

    A pal e mailed this link the other day and I will be desperately waiting your next page. Continue on the top notch work.

    • Jennifer Tress

      Thank you so much! Hopefully you’ll be able to tool around the site and read more pages?

  • Amina

    Jen – YOU ROCK! I am so proud of you. All of this stuff looks so great and cannot wait to be at the book kick-off party. Your writing is amazing – so glad you are in the position to share it with the world.

    • Jennifer Tress

      Thanks my little ray o’ sunshine! Next…you.

  • Domenica Endres

    Stumbled upon your internet site via msn the other day and absolutely like it. Continue the good work.

  • Rehana

    The Blonde Photographer’s got mad skills and so do you Jen! You do ROCK and I’m volunteering Amina and I (I’ll gladly take her ass-kicking for copying her line and volunteering her up) to manage your fan club!

    • Jennifer Tress

      Thanks RT! xoxox

  • Elizabeth Tress

    Oh this is great!!! You sre so talented, and i am so proud!! You have done what i have wanted to do since the 4th grade, write a book!! Your pictures are as beautiful as you are. Keep up the great work!!!

  • John

    Hi Jen,

    Three points from a male’s perspective:

    1.You are not only beautiful on the outside, but it seems you are even more beautiful on the inside.

    2. You have great perseverance, self confidence, and a fantastic outlook on life; also, sounds as though you have a husband who loves you. Always think on these when you think of having a drink at 2:00 a.m.

    3. You’re the winner in this case. You are an inspiration, and I don’t mean to overstep my bounds, but your ex is a fool!

    Keep up the great work! You’re a champion for good!

    • Jennifer Tress

      Thanks so much John!

  • Rachael

    Hi Jen,

    I just discovered your site, and I can’t wait to explore it further! I think your message and what you are doing is absolutely fantastic.

    P.S. I’m from Chardon, OH (technically Munson) so it put a smile on my face to see that you grew up in Newbury…I think there are more than 2 stoplights now, and unfortunately the Dairy King isn’t there anymore (I always thought it was better than Dairy Queen anyway).

    • Jennifer Tress

      Hi Rachael! Geauga County girls in the house! Thanks so much for stopping by 😉

      • anonamy

        I feel dumb for having just found out about your book, but I’m a Clevelander who also now lives in Munson twp and I am kicking myself for not having had your words to guide me when I was going through relationship/life crap for the last 3 years or so. :)

        • Jennifer Tress

          So glad they help NOW. XOXO

  • Marine Core Solid

    I wouldn’t kick you out of bed for eating crackers! 😉

    • Jennifer Tress

      Good thing, because I eat a LOT OF CRACKERS.

  • Karl

    I stumbled across your site surfing the net, as a single man entering the dating world at 54-years-old and based on appearance only and if you were near my age I would ask you out …. then if you turned out to be a narcissistic materialistic women there would NOT be a 2nd date

    • Jennifer Tress

      Well, thanks. And good luck out there!

  • Ed

    Im glad i stumbled upon your site, as a man, I too was recently told by a significant other that they were too pretty for me. I let the first time it happened slide but when it was repeated, I stopped talking to that person and hope to find someone who is less about themselves. Just left me scratching my head why they got involved to begin I feel like I am still the same person they met the first time and I wont change a bit. Best of luck to you .

  • Hem Neter Tepy Amun

    I’m 37, a DC Native and I we’ve probably passed each other downtown or on the Metro many times! The dude that said “you’re not pretty enough” was an asshole. You look attractive to me. If you weren’t married, I’d definitely talk to you. I like brunettes.You are an inspiration. As an author myself, I know that the writing hustle is hard. Keep it up. Maybe we’ll cross paths in DC again someday.