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Jena Pincott's Biography

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NY, NY
May 2008

Jena Pincott writes about the quirky, hidden side of science -- the shocking, subconscious, under-the-radar stuff. She is the author of Do Chocolate Lovers Have Sweeter Babies?: Exploring the Surprising Science of Pregnancy, which received a Kirkus starred review. Her previous book, Do Gentlemen Really Prefer Blondes? , on the science of love and attraction, is being translated in 17 languages. It received a “starred review” in Publishers Weekly and was featured on ABC’s Good Morning America, Fox News, CBS’ The Early Show, NPR, and covered in Glamour, the New York Post, the New York Daily News, the Washington Post, and the Associated Press. Jena's writing and interviews have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, Huffington Post, Newsweek, Redbook, and other publications.

Jena graduated with a dual major in Biology and Media Studies from Hampshire College. Seeking a happy medium, she worked on science documentaries for PBS, and then moved on to book publishing. She was an editor at John Wiley & Sons. She received an M.A. from New York University; her thesis was on science and the sublime in the works of Thomas Pynchon. Later, she became a senior editor at Random House. Then she left it all to be a science writer.

Jena’s other books run the gamut from self-help and motivation (Healing and the bestseller Success) to science, technology, and history (Technomanifestos, Making the Cisco Connection). She writes science fiction as a hobby, blogs at Psychology Today, and teaches at Gotham Writers' Workshop. Jena lives in New York City with her husband, Peter, and baby daughter.

Influences

Richard Dawkins, Robert Wright, Adam Brate, Octavia Butler

Upcoming Works

DO CHOCOLATE LOVERS HAVE SWEETER BABIES?:  The Surprising Science of Pregnancy

Agents

Rick Broadhead

Publishers

Bantam Dell

Simon & Schuster (Free Press)