Aunt Gertie loves Jennifer and ‘A Girl Named Sam’

Aunt Gertie (right) and Jennifer Hartinger (on left). Courtesy photo

Aunt Gertie was thrilled to read two delightful books by Jennifer Hartinger, titled, “A Girl Named Sam” and “A Boy Named Bill.” Jam packed with good old fashioned wisdom and written for children to easily understand and benefit from. Jennifer will have a book signing at Knock Knock Toys located at 219 1/2 Main Street in Seal Beach on Saturday, June 2, from 1 to 3 p.m. Come on down and pick up autographed copies for your children and their schools, too.

Jennifer works on the Catalina Islander publication that we publish here at the Sun Newspaper office on Main Street. She is a quiet, shy, soft spoken, no nonsense, pay attention to business kind of gal, until you ask about her writing and she comes alive with a twinkle in her eye and a smile as huge as the famous Cheshire Cat! She writes to make people laugh, and think about life’s challenges and triumphs over adversity.

Jennifer was born and raised in Long Beach and graduated Wilson High School in 1986. She earned her BA in Journalism from Arizona State University in 1990 and went into the Vitamin business with a fellow she thought was a friend till he emptied their bank accounts and ran off with all the money! Jennifer didn’t let that stand in the way of getting back on her feet and doing the right thing. She’s an honorable woman and paid off all the debt by selling everything she owned, including her car and started working her way back up the ladder to go after her dream of being a successful author. Her grandmother’s passing gave her the inspiration for A Girl Named Sam and the important motivation to have her books published for everyone to read and enjoy.

Jennifer came on board here at the Sun in November of 2017 and can be reached by calling 562-430-7555. I think her motto should read, “Full Steam Ahead! Don’t Stop Till You Get To The Top!”

Karen Hadley, creator of Aunt Gertie, can be reached by surface mail at Karen Hadley, PO Box 34, Seal Beach, CA 90740 or email at