Jeanne began her professional life as an astrophysicist and mathematician, working in the Astronaut Training Division at NASA's Johnson Space Center.
Her love of fiction, and science fiction in particular, led her to earn her MFA in creative writing. She moved into a career in publishing, becoming a senior editor at Bantam Doubleday Dell, where she created and launched the Abyss imprint of psychological horror, for which she won the World Fantasy Award, and the Cutting Edge imprint of literary fiction. She also ran the science fiction/fantasy publishing program and edited a wide range of fiction and nonfiction. In her eight years in New York publishing, she edited numerous award-winning and best-selling authors and gained a reputation for discovering and nurturing new writers.
In 1994, she left New York to pursue her own writing career. She is currently at work writing a near-future science thriller about genetic manipulation, titled Fatal Spiral. She has had seven books published by major publishers. Her best-selling Babylon 5 trilogy, The Passing of the Techno-Mages (Del Rey), was praised by the Sci-Fi Channel: "A revelation for Babylon 5 fans. . . . Not 'television episodic' in look and feel. They are truly novels in their own right." Her nonfiction book The Science of Star Wars (St. Martin's) was chosen by the New York Public Library for its recommended reading list. The highly praised The Science of The X-Files (Berkley) was nominated for the Bram Stoker Award.
Jeanne edited the anthology The Many Faces of Van Helsing (Berkley), which was also nominated for the Bram Stoker Award. The editors at Barnes and Noble called it "brilliant. . . . Arguably the strongest collection of supernatural stories to be released in years."
Since she loves working with developing writers, she created and serves as director of The Odyssey Writing Workshops Charitable Trust, a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to helping writers of fantasy, science fiction, and horror improve their work. The trust holds the Odyssey Writing Workshop (www.odysseyworkshop.org) each summer at Saint Anselm College in Manchester, NH. Odyssey allows developing writers to focus on their craft and receive detailed, in-depth feedback on their work. Guest lecturers have included George R. R. Martin, Harlan Ellison, Terry Brooks, Ben Bova, Jane Yolen, and Dan Simmons.
Jeanne also works as a freelance editor and as an English lecturer at Saint Anselm College, where she teaches writing and literature.
She has lectured widely on topics such as the latest scientific discoveries and their implications, the relationship between science and science fiction, the writing process, and the publishing industry. She's spoken at venues as varied as the Smithsonian Institute, the United States Air Force Revolutionary Technologies Division, the American Chemical Society, Dartmouth College, the Intel International Science Fair, the Discovery Channel, the Sci-Fi Channel, the History Channel, Turner Entertainment, the Art Bell radio program, and many radio shows, bookstores, and conventions.
You can find out more about Jeanne at www.jeannecavelos.com.
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