This is me, author/illustrator Jennifer Rouse Barbeau. Welcome to my site!
I was going to be a portrait artist. Then I became a mother, a teacher, an illustrator, and a writer.
Proud member of The Writers' Union of Canada.
Shortlisted in 2020 for the Whistler Independent Book Award for fiction (Dying Hour, 2019).
Artisan book publisher under the imprint Fluid Grouse Enterprises, with husband Barry Grills.
I still love to draw, especially book-style drawings.
French-Canadian Catholic and English Protestant blend.
My parents grew up throwing rocks at each other, French against English, in a northern Ontario mining town. And then they married. Go figure.
Endless cousins on mom's side, virtually no one on dad's.
My grandmothers read tea leaves and tarot cards, and survived alcoholic husbands -one a professional figure skater turned auto-mechanic genius inventor, the other a paranoid schizophrenic entrepreneur who died by suicide.
These are my roots.
Alcoholism. Mental illness. Witchcraft. Religion.
Add my two very different marriages and a tangle of children and step-this-&-thats.
Voila! That's where my stories come from.
As a full-time college professor who loves to be a handyman and gardener, I harvest book-building time in random, compulsive blasts.
If you love books, stories, pictures--life!--and (like me) like to keep things hopeful despite the dark side, please connect.
Thank you for coming to my site!