Ms. J.Nell Ford was born in Lyons, Georgia, where she attended Lyons Industrial High. Upon graduation she continued her education by matriculating at the Fort Valley State College, one the Historically Black Colleges in the United States (HBC).
She taught school at Toombs County High for a number of years. She is currently teaching at Glynn Academy, in Brunswick, Georgia. She has one son, Demetrius. NO WOODEN NICKELS is her first novel.