About Jennifer McMurrain

Who Is Jennifer McMurrain?

Having a great deal of wanderlust, Author Jennifer McMurrain traveled the countryside working odd jobs before giving into her muse and becoming a full-time writer. She's been everything from a “Potty Princess” in the wilds of Yellowstone National Park to a Bear Researcher in the mountains of New Mexico, as well as a social worker and librarian. She has won numerous awards for her short stories and novels, including holding the record for the most Oklahoma Writer’s Federation, Inc. contest wins. Along with her success with short stories and unpublished works in contests, her novels have done well. Quail Crossings, her debut novel, hit #1 on the Amazon Best Seller list, in the paid market, in March of 2013. She was also a 3rd place finalist in the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Awards for her paranormal romance novel, Winter Song, and won 1st place in paranormal romance at the 2017 IDAs, sponsored by the Romance Writers of America, for Summer’s End. She lives in Bartlesville, Oklahoma with her family.

 

Awards and Accolades

Oklahoma Writers Federation, Inc. Awards - 2021

The Bad Luck Kid - 3rd place - Prose Humor
Heaven, TX - 2nd place - Script: Film, Play, or TV with writing partner John Darrouzet
Protecting Quail Crossings - 3rd place - Historical novel (manuscript)
The Witch Slayer - 3rd place - SciFi/Fantasy novel (manuscript)

 

Oklahoma Romance Writers Guild - 2020

Joy at Quail Crossings - Winner - Non-Romance with Strong Romantic Subplot

Oklahoma Writers Federation, Inc. Awards - 2020

Sara Sorrows - 2nd place - Unrhymed Long Poetry
Unnoticed - Honorable Mention - Short-Short Story
The Ghosts Within - 3rd place - Horror novel (manuscript)

Bartlesville Creative Writing Contest - 2019

Buttons for Christmas - 1st place - nonfiction

 

Oklahoma Writers Federation, Inc. Awards - 2019

Forgiveness: Not Always Black and White - 1st place - Essay
Drip - 2nd place - Flash Fiction
Toddler, Chili Bomber - 2nd place - Prose Humor
The Pink Sneaker Club - 3rd place - Middle Grade Book (manuscript)
Joy at Quail Crossings - 3rd place - Historical Novel (manuscript)
Indie Strong - 1st place - Nonfiction Book (manuscript)

Oklahoma Writers Federation, Inc. Awards - 2018

Three Reasons - 2nd place - Unrhymed Short Poem
Depression Lies - Honorable Mention - Blog
Buttons for Christmas - 1st place - Inspirational
Unnoticed - Honorable Mention - Short-Short Story
Daisies and Roses - 3rd place - Short Story
The Pink Sneaker Club - Honorable Mention - Middle Grade Book 
Autumn's Kiss - 1st place - Romance Novel (manuscript)

Oklahoma Writers Federation, Inc. Awards - 2017

Depression Lies - Honorable Mention - Blog
The Vow - Honorable Mention - Inspirational
Drip - Honorable Mention - Flash Fiction
the Well - 2nd place - Young Adult Short Story
Cloverfield - 2nd place - New Adult (manuscript)
Lost in Appalachia - 3rd place - Mainstream Novel (manuscript) 
Hush - 1st place - Horror Novel (manuscript)

 

Golden Book Awards

Summer's End - semi-finalist

Oklahoma Writers Federation, Inc. Awards - 2016

Apple Fritters and Purple Taffeta - Honorable Mention - Short-Short Story

Blown Away - 2nd place - Young Adult Short Story

Toddler, Chili Bomber - Honorable Mention - Prose Humor

Library Girl - 1st place - Middle Grade Book (manuscript)

Haven: House of Fire - 1st place - Young Adult novel (manuscript)

Forever Quail Crossings - 3rd place - Historical Fiction (manuscript)

Hush - Honorable Mention - Horror Novel (manuscript)

North Texas Book Festival Awards - 2016

Missing Quail Crossings - Honorable Mention - Best Book of Fiction

Romance Writers of America - International Digital Awards - 2016

Summer's End - 1st place - Paranormal Romance Book

 

Christian Indie Author Awards

Return to Quail Crossings - 1st Place - Historical

Oklahoma Writers Federation, Inc. Awards - 2015

Best of Care - 3rd place - Memoir/Nostalgia 
Jake, the Barkingest Dog - 2nd place - Juvenile Short Story
Eye of the Beholder - 3rd place - Young Adult Short Story
Sold - 3rd place - Mainstream Novel (manuscript)

Bartlesville Creative Writing Awards - 2015

Apple Fritters and Purple Taffeta - 2nd place - fiction short

 

North Texas Book Awards - 2015

Return to Quail Crossings - 3rd place - Best Fiction Book

Bartlesville Magazine's Forty Under 40 - 2014

Named one of Bartlesville's most influential people under the age of 40.

Oklahoma Writers Federation, Inc. Awards - 2014

Return to Quail Crossings - 2nd place - Historical Novel (manuscript)
Dakota Jones and the Peridot Princess - 2nd place - Short Story
Snails with Ketchup - Honorable Mention - Juvenile Short Story

 

Bartlesville Creative Writing Awards - 2014

The Toughest Choice - 2nd place - nonfiction

Amazon Breakthrough Novel Awards - 2014

Winter Song - 3rd place finalist

Creative Women in Oklahoma Award - 2014

Nomination

 

Amazon Best Selling List - Overall

Quail Crossings - #1 - Amazon Paid Market (May)
Winter Song - #7 - Amazon Paid Market (December)

Oklahoma Writers Federation, Inc. Awards - 2013

Nap Strike - 2nd place - Prose Humor
Harvest Queen - 2nd place - Young Adult short

Listen to Your Mother - 2013

Cast - Letting Go

 

Oklahoma Writers Federation, Inc. Awards - 2012

The Long Walk - 3rd place - Inspirational
Steamy Choices - 3rd place - Confession (fiction)

Write On - First Page Contest - 2011

Quail Crossings - 1st place

Oklahoma Writers Federation, Inc. Awards 2011

Winter Song - 1st place - Romance novel (manuscript)
Pinky's Adventure - Honorable Mention - Picture Book
Footprints in the Snow - 2nd place - short story (fiction)

 

Bartlesville Creative Writing Contest - 2011

Pinky's Adventure - 1st place - children's
Footprints in the Snow - 2nd place - fiction short

Bartlesville Creative Writing Contest - 2010

The Long Walk - 1st place - nonfiction short

Bartlesville Creative Writing Contest - 2009

Emma's Walk - 2nd place - fiction short