My name is Jessica and I am an independent, self-publishing author.
I love writing and all my books are free.
I write poetry and mostly horror fiction. If you’re a fan of Poppy Z. Brite, Kathe Koja, Laurell K. Hamilton, Chuck Wendig, or Wislawa Szymborska you might enjoy my work too.
I’m currently working on two book series: The Slaughter Chronicles and The Heart of the Forest Cycle. The Slaughter Chronicles is in the forefront right now and is about vampires, werewolves, and demons. The Heart of the Forest Cycle is about fairies/faeries/the fey and while I hope to self-publish the first book this year I’m not going to push for it.
My poetry centers on folklore and mythology but I also LOVE writing haiku and lyric free verse. I don’t normally do rhymes or formal poetry but they have been known to happen on rare occasions. My poetry has been published in a few online and print magazines and even won me a few awards, including a Pushcart nomination back in 2011.
More personal stuff about me:
In 2015 I married my best friend and I sometimes reference him and our shenanigans in my blog.
When I’m not writing I love to read and exist in a horizontal state (read: nap), sometimes I do yard work–but not gardening–and yoga, sometimes I try to teach myself how to play guitar. I love horror movies, anime, and podcasts about writing. I also love hanging out with my cats.
On this site you’ll find all of my short fiction and poetry as well as links to all the places you can download (for free) my ebooks.
You’ll also find personal essays about random things going on in my life, a monthly list of books I’m reading, and quotes from my favorite authors. And cat photos.
I have a semi-weekly column I like to call Writing Advice where I talk about things from my own writing process that might be helpful to anyone else who’s interested in writing.
I taught Creative Writing when I was an adjunct at one of the local community colleges in Arkansas and I have an MFA in Hybrid/Cross-Genre Poetry and the mechanics of writing is a subject I am very passionate about. But I would like to point out that what works for me may not necessarily work for you and that’s okay, your process is your own and I’m not going to force anything down your throat or say that my way is the only way. That’s bullshit.
I don’t have a newsletter but if you want to subscribe to this blog you’ll get all the news about all my books and publications, as well as fun things like character concept art and cover reveals.
I also don’t have anything published on Amazon at the moment because all my books are free (Amazon doesn’t do free unless you go exclusively through KDP’s Kindle Select and I don’t want to do that) and I can’t really be bothered to bug them about price matching other stores.
If Kindle is the only thing you read on you can download free mobi files of all my books through Prolific Works. If you need help doing that or have problems you can shoot me a message in the Ask Me Anything section and I will send you a mobi file via email that you can download to your Kindle 🙂
Thanks for stopping by!
VERY TENTATIVE PUBLICATION SCHEDULE/BIBLIOGRAPHY
The Echo of Something Hitting: April 2018
Lupercalia: April 2018
Lupercalia Audiobook: March 2019
Another Wreck: TBA
Stand Alone Short Stories
Namaste Apocalypse: March 2018
The Promise: February 2019
Stand Alone Novels
Resonance: September 2019
Patient Zero: 2020
The Slaughter Chronicles
Demon Moon: February 2019
Transmutation: December 2019
Dead Girl Moon: December 2018
Moon Shine: June 2019
Once A King: December 2019
Book of Revelation: 2020
(Book 1) Havoc’s Moon: October 2019
(Book 2) Exile’s Moon: May 2020
(Book 3) Berserker Moon: December 2020
(Book 4) Hunger’s Moon: 2021
Book 5: 2021
Book 6: 2022
Book 7: 2022
The Heart of the Forest Cycle
(Book 1) Here and Away: TBA
(Book 2) Morning and Evening: TBA
(Book 3) Always and Never: TBA
(Book 4) Beginning and End: TBA
The Thane Chronicles
(Book 1) Hell’s Fury: 2022
(Book 2) Hell’s Vengeance: 2023
(Book 3) Hell’s Glory: 2024
OUT OF PRINT
Swallowing Comets: 2011 Folded Word Press
Don’t–My Birthday: 2012 Unthinkable Creatures Chapbook Press
Graveyard: 2016 self-published
Riverkill: 2016 self-published
Twisted Myths: 2016 self-published
Past Life: 2018 self-published
2011: Camel Saloon Pushcart Nomination
2010: Arkansas Writer’s Conference Rita Goodgame Award 2nd place prize
2009: North American Discworld Convention Creosote’s Poetry Contest Bronxe Medal Winner
2008: Hollins University Lex Allen Literary Festival 1st place poetry prize
2005: Academy of American Poets Honorable Mention Award
2005: Randolph College Margaret Raynal Fiction Award 2nd place prize
2003: Knowing Our Past Foundation “Creative Response of the Human Spirit” 2nd place prize
BA Sociology: Randolph College, Lynchburg, VA
MFA Creative Writing: Goddard College, Plainfield, VT