Jolene Philo

Jolene is the author of six extensively researched resource books for the special needs community, including A Different Dream for My Child (2015) and Every Child Welcome (2015). Her book Does My Child Have PTSD? (2015) received a Publishers Weekly starred review. She co-authored Sharing Love Abundantly in Special Needs Families: The 5 Love Languages for Parents Raising Children with Disabilities with Dr. Gary Chapman (2019). See Jane Run! (June 2022) and See Jane Sing! (November 2022) are the first two books in The West River Mystery Series, which features characters with disabilities.

She connects with parents of kids with special needs at her blog,, and with her fiction audience at She speaks about writing, special needs parenting, special needs ministry, and post-traumatic stress disorder around the country and internationally.

Before starting a freelance writing and speaking career in 2003, Jolene taught school for twenty-five years. Her undergraduate degree was in elementary education with a minor in learning disabilities, and she holds a master of science degree in effective teaching.

Jolene and her husband, Hiram, have two adult children and four grandchildren. They live in Polk City, Iowa, where they, along with their daughter and her family, launched a grand experiment in multi-generational living. When she’s not writing, Jolene enjoys walking, cooking, reading, and traveling.


Most Recent Project:  See Jane Dance! (Midwestern Books, 2023)

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