Inspired by the guidance she received while in school, one Middle Tennessee State University alumna has successfully completed and published her first novel, “The Baker’s Man,” about a woman who forges her own path to find love.
Jennifer Moorman, who has degrees in recording industry management and English, credits her schooling for helping to guide her dream into a reality.
“I used to write stories for fun so my high school girl friends could read them,” Moorman said. “I’ve been a serious writer for seven years now.”
After years of honing her craft and a little grooming from professors in the School of Journalism and English department, Moorman saw her lifelong passion come to life with “The Baker’s Man.”
“The Baker’s Man” is a quirky whimsical tale of a small-town baker who quite literally bakes her own prince charming. The novel follows her through the ups and downs of life with magic and delicious sweets.
Moorman said the inspiration came from Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein” and the time she spent at the university. And admittedly, her favorite dessert: chocolate cake and icing.
“The more, the better,” she said, with a laugh.
She said the novel has elements of magic and whimsy, but that the “woman trying to find her way” aspect is what she deems most relatable to readers.
“At its core it is still a story about a young woman who struggles with the decision to follow her dreams,” Moorman said. “Striking out on one’s own is a journey most young adults will experience. Plus, the story is about family, friends and forgiveness – all relatable topics.”
After graduating from MTSU with a bachelor’s degree in recording industry, she returned to pursue a degree in her first love – writing. So, in 2006, she received a bachelor’s degree in English with a minor in creative writing.
“I loved their programs, and I learned a lot from my professors,” Moorman said.
Today, she serves as the publication coordinator and senior editor at a publishing house in Nashville. Moorman hails from Tifton, Ga., a town three hours south of Atlanta, and moved to Murfreesboro to pursue her love of singing.
“The Baker’s Man” is available on Kindle and other e-readers, as well as in paperback on www.Amazon.com. The paperback is also available locally at e.Allen Boutique, located in The Avenue Murfreesboro.