Jennifer Brookins

Author of Tharon Ann, Living Under the Weavers Hut, and India with Backpack and a Prayer

About Jen

Author and poet Jennifer Brookins is a former Broadway and television actress living in Princeton, New Jersey with her husband, musician Doug Brookins. They frequently travel to India, and based upon their experiences, she wrote India with Backpack and a Prayer - the sequel to her first book Tharon Ann. She is also the author of Living Under the Weaver's Hut - an illustrated book of poetry.

A Memoir


A beautiful story of bravery, tragedy, independence

Tharon Ann, by author Jennifer Brookins is a wonderful read! A young woman begins her journey to chase her dreams from the Deep South to Hollywood, enduring a number of difficulties and overcoming the hardships of single motherhood to a wonderful ending and to the lovely woman known to us today. She teaches us to reach for our dreams, and though life sometimes seems senseless, in the long run good things do come. I highly recommend this book to anyone that loves biographies or for just a delightful read. Check this out!” 

-C.C. Cole

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An Illustrated Book of Poetry



“Lyrical and deeply moving. These poems speak of the soul’s journey back to its Source. Love, longing, loneliness, joy. These are things we all share throughout our journeys through this life and beyond.”

Ginny Byham

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A Spiritual Journey

India with Backpack and a Prayer

A deeply affecting travelog of a spiritual life

“I loved this book, the intimacy, the sense of the spiritual world close by, the interiority of the poetry, and most of all, the mystery of her four adept friends. Highly recommended.”


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And Other Short Stories


An Extraordinary Collection

‘Molly is a living, breathing spunky little girl and I wouldn’t mind betting there is more than a soupçon of young Jennifer in this story. I can see a movie made of this.’

—Pat Mackay

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doubters only believe what they see … you know the type dark sunglasses at night for a better view. Oh Weaver, guard my arrested heart

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I bow to you winter moon mosaicthat all starsin heavenly darkness lay their heads to restanother rising sunwraps her dreamy arms around our landfrom ho-hum

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walk with me this afternoonno particular plan just fresh mountain airwild roses gone wild; nest where mockingbirds had babieswhen breathless we stop and watch clouds

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sometimes I face the sunother times the amber glow of dawnseeding earth with prayer in the chill of early dayI wrap your essence around my

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I hear winter rain falling as wild mountain roses it’s you hiding behind the moon if you stay away my heart will turn into shards

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I got up early this morning when darkness still covered the land; just had a feeling the stars would still be shining. Not good to

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New Release - Author Jennifer Brookins presents “Molly’s War and Other Short Stories”. In this extraordinary collection, Jennifer Brookins takes us on journeys into the past so vividly that we see and hear the sights and sounds of times long gone — but also we voyage inward, into the human condition, with humour, insight, poignancy and joy. Now available in paperback or Kindle here: This is what readers are saying about this unique new release from Clarendon House: ‘Molly is such an enchanting little girl; her dialect makes it seem like she is in the room with me talking. I don't feel like I'm writing a story; rather laughing one minute and crying the next. I love your writing Jennifer Brookins. I want to read everything you've written.’ — Jane Kelly ‘Jennifer I just love this story. God Bless you. Never stop writing. I can imagine it so clearly from your descriptions and I am there with you.’ — Jane Risdon ‘Molly is a living, breathing spunky little girl and I wouldn't mind betting there is more than a soupçon of young Jennifer in this story. I can see a movie made of this.’ —Pat Mackay ‘This is such a moving story. I did laugh out loud when she said, "I put chewing gum in my ears." Please keep writing Jennifer. Does Uncle Roy come home safely? What happens to Molly? I want more!’ —Virginia ‘Ms. Jennifer, you are an amazing writer! This story took me to a place that was gripping, heart aching and touching all at once. Gracias for inviting me to read.’ — De Ann Townes ‘I love this story Jennifer. You have captured that innocent curiosity and simple understanding so well.’ — Peter Forster ‘Hard-hitting and raw. Colored with the atmosphere of what life must have been like for many children.’ — Niamh ‘Authentic and heartwarming. I WANT MORE I'm hooked and looking forward to more. I'm very fond of Molly. I think she has your spunk and big heart.’ — Sue Baumgartner ‘You are such a sensational writer. Loved the style and veracity of young Molly. We should all be so brave. Looking forward to reading more.’ — Marty Deason Fahling ‘Your writing pulls the reader right into the story of this lovable character.’ — Deborah Vaineo ‘Wow the story and can't wait for more. Love the language ... love the style ...engrossing to say the least.’ — Michael ’This is profoundly stirring. You write with such beauty and grace. I love Molly and her innocence ... and her big little heart. Mostly I love your brain to think these up and easy flow of writing.’ — Sheikh A. ‘This is genius! I want to read more. I love Molly and her no nonsense outlook on life.’ — Susan E. Birch Jennifer lives in Princeton, New Jersey with her husband musician Doug Brookins. They frequently travel to India and based upon those experiences wrote ‘India with a Backpack and Prayer’ about their travels

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