Born on a crest of sixties optimism, JL Morin grew up in inner-city Detroit. She proffered moral support while her parents sacrificed all to a failed system. Wondering what the Japanese were doing right, she decamped to Tokyo as an exchange student at sixteen, and then again for her junior year abroad. Her debut Japan novel, SAZZAE, written as a creative thesis toward her AB at Harvard, won an eLit gold medal and a Living Now Book Award. Her second novel, TRAVELLING LIGHT, was a USA Best Book Awards finalist, and her third, TRADING DREAMS was ‘Occupy’s first bestselling novel’. Her climate fiction novel, NATURE'S CONFESSION, won First Place in Chanticleer's Rossetti Dante Awards; a Readers’ Favorite Book Award; a LitPick 5-Star Review Award; and an excerpt received an Honorable Mention in the Eco-Fiction Story Contest. Morin’s fiction has appeared in The Harvard Advocate and Harvard Yisei, and her articles and translations in The Huffington Post, Library Journal, The Detroit News, Agence France Presse, European Daily, Livonia Observer Eccentric Newspapers, and The Harvard Crimson.
JL Morin’s writing draws on a breadth of experience. She traded derivatives in New York while studying nights for her MBA at New York University’s Stern School of Business; worked for the Federal Reserve Bank posted to the 103rd floor of the World Trade Center; presented the news as a TV broadcaster; and is adjunct faculty at Boston University.