Jean Fritz Biography
Jean Fritz brings history to life. No other author has made such an enormous impact on children’s historical literature. By her own admission, she knew her career path at the age of five, yet her writing did not really take off until she was in her mid-thirties. Since then, Fritz has authored books about virtually every American historical subject imaginable. Her writing process is one of careful research and rewriting, and she eschews the label “historical fiction” due to the careful construction of her books. Whether recounting the treachery of Benedict Arnold or the nobility of President James Madison, Fritz captures the essence of the period and makes historical figures memorable for her young readers.
Facts and Trivia
- Fritz spent the first thirteen years of her life growing up in China. She credits her solitary life there with her love for reading and writing.
- Though she mostly writes historical works, early in her career Fritz experimented with fantasy works. She has also written a memoir about her childhood, titled Homesick: My Own Story.
- Because of the historical nature of her books, Fritz spends nearly a year researching and writing each one, often visiting the locations that will appear in her stories.
- History is not just a creative passion of Fritz’s: it’s also a personal one. Her ancestors once dined with President Washington.
- Though Fritz is fluent in Chinese, she cannot write it.