J.E. Thomas


J.E. Thomas is the author of “Control Freaks,” a debut middle grade novel published by Levine Querido on June 13. “Control Freaks” recently received a glowing review from Kirkus and a starred review from Booklist in which it was compared to Newbery Medal–winning author E.L. Konigsburg’s novel, “The View From Saturday.”

J.E. has bachelor of arts degrees in mass communications and political science and a master of arts degree in public communications, all from the University of Denver. She started writing full-time in 2021. Prior to that, she had a long career in corporate, health care and education communications. She was also an award-winning freelance journalist, earning a Clarion Award for Article Writing from Women in Communications; a Gold Award for Feature Writing from the International Academy of Communications Arts & Sciences; a Silver Award for Writing from the Society of National Association Publications; and a Public Relations Professional of the Year Honor from the Colorado Association of Black Journalists, among others.

J.E. is the product of an urban Catholic elementary school and an independent high school. She concluded her communications career by serving as communications director and a member of the administrative team for the same independent school she attended years before.

“Control Freaks” is dedicated to three women who changed J.E.’s life by recognizing her potential and encouraging her to step out of the crowd: Nichelle Nichols, Star Trek’s original Uhura; Helen Yeager, J.E.’s ninth grade English teacher; and Laura Pegram, founder and executive director of the Kweli Color of Children’s Literature Conference in New York.

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