Jenny Knipfer–Author

Historical fiction author, Jenny Knipfer, shares her books, inspiration, and thoughts on life and writing. Purchase books, read Jenny's blog, or listen to encouraging podcasts highlighting the life of a writer.

I see writing as both my work and my joy. It has become a form of deliverance for me and assists me in processing through life’s ups and downs living with multiple sclerosis. Writing can do that–help you through unexpected valleys. It transforms the frustration and pain into something less constrictive. In short, writing frees me.

In my new found freedom, I challenged myself to finish the novel I started years ago. The week after I quit my job due to my disability, I started writing. Sometimes I managed only small spurts here and there throughout the day. Whenever a conversation started to form in my head, I would tap it out in Google docs on my tablet. Soon the fictional town of Webaashi Bay and a pocket full of characters blossomed on the screen.

I thought Ruby Moon the only story in the depths of my being, but three more novels grew from Ruby Moon. Now, I have a set of four novels in the series. Each book curtails a separate theme, but the factor of God’s hand guiding our lives ties them all together. Behind all the unknowns, the grief, the pain, and the joy our Creator writes a story through each of us.


Ruby Moon and Blue Moon have new covers! I started with a darker, faded image with my covers, but I felt they needed brightening. Readers are loving the new look! My thanks goes out to The Book Cover Whisperer for the gorgeous designs.

Ruby Moon, the first in the series: By the Light of the Moon, embodies a tale of grief, guilt, greed, and redemption.

During the mid 1890’s, Jenay, a young woman of mixed French and Ojibwe descent, must survive the trauma of causing a horrific accident. Her maturity accelerates as the challenges of grief and romance enter the scene.

Amidst this drama, Jenay is caught in a web spun by Renault, a rich, charming man who once threatened the ruination of her father’s shipping company but now seeks something even more valuable…

Jenay must find where her strength lies in order to face the challenges life brings her or be washed away like driftwood on the tumultuous shores of Lake Superior. Life’s richest dramas play out under the banner of two ruby colored moons and become the hidden gems which forge her into a mature strong woman. Jenay realizes God is by her side, using even the harsh events of life to create something precious in her. 

Blue Moon: The year is 1885, and unwed Vanessa Gulet must surrender her newborn son to her married twin sister, Valerie, to raise. A seed of bitterness grows in Vanessa. When the opportunity arises for her to have what she’s always wanted, Vanessa takes it despite the consequences to her family, getting more than she bargained for.

Meanwhile, Valerie, overcome with loss and grief, faces the diagnosis of multiple sclerosis. Will she and her husband, Felix, forge through their trials, or will life’s upsets cause them to drift apart?

Love seems to bloom in the most unlikely of places in Webaashi Bay for an old friend of Jenay’s and a woman who owns the local dress shop. A parallel tale of love, forgiveness, and reuniting lost things is spun by a local author adding another dimension to the tale of the Gulet twins and their saga.


Click on the image to read the first chapter!

Silver Moon, the third book in the series: By the Light of the Moon, paints a stunning and poignant picture of life on the home front in Webaashi Bay, Ontario, and of three men who are a part of the Canadian Expeditionary Force during WWI. 

Shamed into joining the war, the tide turns for Luis Wilson when he is steered into the depths of espionage. Injured and presumed missing, will he lose his heart to the very woman who presented him with a white feather?

Oshki and Jimmy offer a grim perspective on life in the trenches. They despair of ever returning home to the women who hold their hearts. 

Meanwhile, Lily fights for the cause in her own way and rallies the female troops at home as prejudices run high and the local cafe owner is accused of being a spy. 

Will the women of Webaashi Bay receive their men back unscathed? Can the power of love win out over insurmountable odds? All this drama and more plays out under the light of a silver moon.

Click on the book image: to read the first chapter of Silver Moon.

Harvest Moon, my last book in the series, coming in fall of 2020.

In the wilds of 19th century Ontario, Maang-ikwe, a young Ojibwe woman, falls into a forbidden love, breaks her father’s honor, and surrenders her trust to someone who abuses her. The results divide her from her tribe and cause her to give up what she holds most dear. 

Niin-mawin must come to grips with his culture being ripped away from him.  Brought up in a “white man’s” school, he suffers through an enforced “civilized” education and separation from his family. When a man he respects reveals a secret about Niin-mawin’s past, he embarks on a search for the person he hopes can mend the part of his heart that’s always been missing. 

Both Maang-ikwe and Niin-mawin wonder how a harvest of pain and sorrow will impact their lives. Will they find the blessings amongst the hardships?

I am also writing a new series: Sheltering Trees. The first book in the series, In a Grove of Maples, is inspired my my grandparents and their life as Wisconsin farmers in the late 1800’s.

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