Meet the Team: Jennifer Gilbreath Profile | Fanboys Anonymous

Meet the Team: Jennifer Gilbreath Profile

Posted by Fanboys Anonymous Monday, October 22, 2012

Editing Team

SOCIAL LINKS: Facebook (My Molar Pregnancy) | Facebook (Hidden Florida) | LinkedIn

OTHER LINKS: Red Ink Revisions (Website) (Website) | Hidden Florida (YouTube) | Spellbound Lane (eBay store)



Jennifer was born and raised in South Jersey, a 1997 graduate of Rowan University with a Bachelor's degree in English Liberal Arts and Women's Studies. After graduation she began working for Current Medicine publishing in Philadelphia, PA, as an Editorial Assistant. Within 2 years she was promoted first to Developmental Editor and later to Books Department Supervisor. She also organized and taught the in-house copy editing course. In 1998 she married, and in 1999 she and her husband moved to Alexandria, VA, where she began work as a Project Editor at American Psychiatric Publishing in Washington, DC, and was later promoted to Senior Editor.

In 2001 Jennifer was diagnosed with a complete molar pregnancy, a rare reproductive condition that causes miscarriage and is potentially cancerous. During her year of treatment she founded, the first comprehensive website designed for women with molar pregnancy and choriocarcinoma. The site included information, personal stories, links, and the first-ever online support group for this condition. In the more than 15 years since then, the site has expanded and now has members in nearly every country. There are two online support groups operating through Facebook, one for women recently diagnosed and a second for those who are trying to get pregnant again after their recovery. In 2008 Jennifer published a paperback collection of women's molar pregnancy stories, including her own, titled My Molar Pregnancy: A Collection of Personal Stories from Diagnosis Through Recovery. She published a second volume of the collection, More My Molar Pregnancy, in February 2015.

In 2003 Jennifer gave birth to her son, her most important and beloved "project." Tired of DC and anxious to be a full-time mom, she left publishing and moved with her family to Florida. She began freelance copy editing part-time in 2004. In 2011 after the end of her first marriage she returned to the full-time workforce as a supervisor for a major East Coast bank, where she worked the next 2 years. In 2013 Jennifer remarried, and later that year she left her bank job and began freelance copy editing and proofreading full-time. She and her husband also began an eBay store, Spellbound Lane, where they resell high-end apparel, vintage housewares, antiques, toys, and other items. She joined Fanboys Anonymous in October 2013 as a copy editor. In 2015, after 12 years, she and her husband left Florida and moved back north to Virginia, where they are now remembering what winter feels like.

When she's not running around like a headless chicken doing all of these things as well as being a wife and mom, Jennifer is also a movie junkie, a reader, a karaoke lover, and a writer of stories that only very rarely see the light of day. She is also a Titanic history buff, having loved all things related to the 1912 shipwreck since she was 8 years old. She's a fan of Twin Peaks, The X-Files (she met Gillian Anderson in 2002 and later was one of many fans to have their Internet usernames used in the opening credits of the final season), and Broadway musicals such as Les Miserables. She admits to being a fan of the Twilight series and having attended several conventions, but also admits that Twilight as a series and fandom has had more drawbacks than advantages. The friendships she has made through that fandom, made it worthwhile.


What are some of your favorite movies of all time?

I love movies. My favorites include old-time classics such as Rebecca, It Happened One Night, The Philadelphia Story, and Mr. Smith Goes to Washington; 1960s films such as My Fair Lady, Breakfast at Tiffany's, and Mary Poppins; disaster flicks such as The Towering Inferno, The Poseidon Adventure, Dante's Peak, and The Day After Tomorrow; just about anything by David Lynch, especially Blue Velvet; and other random films of nearly every genre except horror. I really, really hate most horror flicks. So of course that's what my husband makes me watch.

What are some of your favorite TV shows of all time?

I may hate horror films, but I love The Walking Dead. I'm also a fan of Game of Thrones, Bones, NCIS, Rizzoli and Isles, Criminal Minds, Person of Interest, Supernatural, Twin Peaks, The X-Files, Profiler, Crossing Jordan, and Saving Grace.

What are some of your favorite video games of all time?

As some of my TV favorites will attest, I'm a bit older than the average Fangirl. I was an arcade rat during my youth in the mid-1980s, playing Pac-Man, Donkey Kong, Centipede, Galaga, Q-Bert, and other games few people today have ever heard of. I was the first kid on the block whose parents had an original Atari system, and I loved Pitfall, Frogger, and Paperboy. I've always been surrounded by gamers—my brother, my first and now second husbands, my dad, etc.—but I'm more of a quick, single-player game kind of person. These days I play just Tetris and Bejeweled.

What are some of your favorite books or comics of all time?

My all-time favorites are Jane Eyre (Charlotte Bronte), Pride and Prejudice (Jane Austen), and Kindred (Octavia Butler). I've discovered that the best place to get books is in thrift stores, so I've been adding tons of (very cheap) hardback popular books to my already large library, including books by John Grisham, David Baldacci, John Lescroart, Tom Clancy, Tess Gerritsen, Kathy Reichs, Michael Connelly, and more. I also have a pretty extensive collection of classic literature and Titanic history.

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