21: Jenny Lee // The Power of Stories


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Jenny Lee is the author of Anna K—a modern-day reimagining of the classic novel Anna Karenina, which will be turned into an upcoming HBO Max series. It follows a bi-racial “it” girl caught between her picture-perfect, family-approved boyfriend and the guy who might just be her one true love.

Jenny started off her career in book publishing, and later became a television writer and producer who has worked on BET’s Boomerang, IFC’s Brockmire, Freeform’s Young & Hungry, and the Disney Channel’s number-one-rated kids’ show, Shake It Up. She has previously published humor essay collections and middle-grade novels, with Anna K being her debut YA.

Tune in to hear about how Jenny brought a fresh perspective to a classic story, and why she feels that it's important to drive diverse representation in literature. We talk about how her writing has improved with more life experience, as well as the importance of finding the courage to ask for help.

Head over to https://jennyleewrites.com/ to keep up with Jenny's work. Get excited for the paperback of Anna K coming out on March 23rd, and for the release of its sequel on April 27th - which is available for preorder now!

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