The Short Version:
Writer. Reader. Teacher. Cross-Cultural Enthusiast. Geek. Daughter of the Most High.
Born with one foot in reality and the other in the fantastical, Janeen Ippolito writes character-driven stories that combine the two genres with a twist of pure geek. But whether speculative or contemporary, her core message to share how God mends broken things–He certainly hasn’t given up on her!
The Long Version:
My name is Janeen Ippolito. I’ve always been a writer. As far as I can remember, I have observed life and imagined scenarios for the people around me. Putting pen to page is the natural, joyful outpouring of the many stories I create in my head.
I’ve also always been a fan of the speculative genres: fantasy, science fiction, mythology, paranormal, comic book, and fairy tale. I believe these genres offer a unique lens whereby we can understand the issues, hopes, fears and dreams of humanity in a fresh light. Plus, the stuff is wonderfully entertaining.
1.) Write speculative fiction that addresses real-life issues with gravity and humor, as the Spirit leads. All of my short stories are speculative fiction.
2.) Write contemporary fiction with speculative undertones that bridges the gap between societal, cultural, and spiritual outcasts and those of us who think we’re normal.
I am also passionate about connecting with others within these genres. Comments and collaborations are welcome!
In addition to writing as The Quiet Pen, I’m working on a set of contemporary fairy tales, an urban fantasy series, and collaborating on some shorter speculative fiction projects. My day job is a full-time teacher at a Classical school. In my “spare time,” I enjoy reading, cooking, running, sword-fighting, and watching the latest speculative movies/TV shows with my husband while we grade stacks of papers.
Why the Quiet Pen?
They say the pen is mightier than the sword. While I’m a fan of swords, I have to agree with the quote. Words are strong. Words are important. Words have an incredible power to move and shape the inner workings of the heart, and through that, the course of human history. As John writes “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God” (John 1:1).
I’m not usually bold with my opinions in the public sphere. As a teacher, I’m meant to instruct, but also to guide students to love learning and to find answers for themselves. In many places, I am quiet about my own views, opinions, and personal history so that the light of Christ might shine through more clearly.
Yet with the written word (and a helpful invention known as the internet), I can speak loud enough to be heard across oceans. With the written word, I can write stories that explore perplexing issues and controversial topics. With the written word, I can reveal the things that are closest to my heart (some of the time).
I am TheQuietPen.