Jenny Valentish grew up in an unlovely satellite town of London where she learned the art of escapism through music.
By the age of sixteen she was self-publishing her work. She had stints as a music publicist, and as an editor with a crime fiction publisher. Upon defecting to Australia in 2006, she edited national music magazine Jmag for four years, before taking the helm of Time Out Melbourne.
She now freelances for titles including The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, The Guardian, The Saturday Paper and Rolling Stone.
She is a board member of The Push, a non-profit music organisation that empowers young people through workshops, mentorships and gigs.
Her first novel, Cherry Bomb, is a teenage psychodrama set in the music industry. Her research-memoir hybrid, Woman of Substances, investigates the female experience of drugs and alcohol.