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Author puts pursuit of visual art aside to write novels


March 18, 2020

JENNA UNDERWOOD holds up a copy of her book "Re_Essence," a science fiction novel.

Jenna Underwood is busy studying visual arts, but she has a surprising passion for the theater of the mind – writing fiction, drawing pictures with just words.

Underwood, 21, a 2017 graduate of Sweet Home High School and the daughter of Ryan and Paula Underwood, is studying traditional animation online through the Academy of Art University of San Francisco. She works at Kohl's in Albany.

The young writer published her first novel about a year ago. The novel, "Re_Essence," is a medical drama based on current science with science fiction elements focused around stem cells, genetics and reg...

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