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Jeff Zentner lives in Nashville, Tennessee. He came to writing through music, starting his creative life as a guitarist and eventually becoming a songwriter. He’s released five albums and appeared on recordings with Iggy Pop, Nick Cave, Warren Ellis, Thurston Moore, Debbie Harry, Mark Lanegan, and Lydia Lunch, among others.

Now he writes novels for young adults. He became interested in writing for young adults after volunteering at the Tennessee Teen Rock Camp and Southern Girls Rock Camp. As a kid, his parents would take him to the library and drop him off, where he would read until closing time. He worked at various bookstores through high school and college.

He speaks fluent Portuguese, having lived in the Amazon region of Brazil for two years.


The words and (and concepts) “murmur,” “petrichor,” and “feuillemort”
The American South
High-quality cable television dramas
Baby elephants
Cast-iron skillets
Honeysuckle bushes


Man’s inhumanity to man






  1. Since I never consciously choose a book for youths, I’m not sure what possessed me to order “The Serpent King,” but I inhaled it once I started reading! Good job! I’m an avid reader and also a writer who’s a bit of a snob about most so-called ‘best selling authors’ these days. The worst are the ‘ping pong’ writers who wear out my brain cells as they skip back and forth in time & fail to remind the reader who’s who and where. Foreign phrase with no definition are the worst. Your writing is clear, succinct, descriptive, suggestive without being explicit, and very poignant. It also allowed me to imagine young Dell becoming famous & the good doctor giving him that wonderful Fender guitar! AND, it encouraged me to start that blog and website I’ve been procrastinating about so I too can sell my talents. Thanks! I look forward to reading more from you.

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