Jennifer Crusie was born as Jennifer Smith in Wapakoneta, Ohio to Jack and JoAnn Smith. "Jenny," as she is called, chose to honor her maternal grandmother by writing under her grandmother's maiden name, Crusie. Crusie has spent much of her life and currently resides in Ohio.
Jennifer Crusie (born 1949) is a pseudonym for Jennifer Smith, a bestselling and award winning author of contemporary romance novels. She has written more than 15 novels, which have been published in 20 countries.