Meet the author, J.R. Alcyone
J.R. Alcyone is the pen name of an award-winning and published nature and landscape photographer, an American Civil War history buff, a lover of all things green heron, and a cancer survivor. A self-proclaimed “bird nerd,” her nature and battlefield photography has been featured by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Smithsonian Institute, U.S. World and News Reports, and the American Battlefield Trust, as well as numerous other organizations and publications including the Gettysburg Foundation, BirdNote, Ohio Magazine, U.S.A. Today, Cleveland Magazine, and The Harvard Crimson.
Jen majored in history and philosophy at Baldwin-Wallace College and minored in political science and literature. She received her J.D. from the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, where she served as managing editor for the Cleveland State Law Review.
A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Jen still lives near Lake Erie in one of the best birding areas in the world. She is a licensed Ohio attorney and is the brief writing attorney for a small law firm that practices in the areas of warranty, consumer rights, and social security disability law. Her other hobbies include running, hiking, and (of course) birdwatching. Five Fathoms Beneath is her first novel and while not autobiographical, the story is based in part on her own experiences. Her second novel, The Stars That Govern Us, is slated for publication in late 2020. Jen’s stories are character-driven and fall into the categories/genres of realistic fiction, general fiction, literary fiction, and historical fiction.