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FREE writers conference Nov 1-4 at the Jo. Co. KS Library & I’m Presenting!

FREE writers conference Nov 1-4 at the Jo. Co. KS Library & I’m Presenting!

Posted on Oct 2, 2018 in Promotions

In October of 2015, I took the opening pages of The Color Eater to The Johnson County Library. The library was hosting an entirely free writers’ conference, and one of the sessions involved group critiques of your work. Those critiques helped me fine tune the opening scene, the scene I sent in to Kneerim & […]

I’m so excited to be a mentor for 2018’s YA4YA project!

I’m so excited to be a mentor for 2018’s YA4YA project!

Posted on Sep 12, 2018 in Promotions

Writing is hard. Publishing is a whole different kind of hard. Doing them both at the same time can feel pretty impossible, especially if you haven’t yet found your writer community. But, once you find your writer friends, writing and publishing feels a lot more possible, and sometimes exciting, and occasionally it will even be […]

A Jessica real-talk type interview on the Lit KC podcast with Jason Preu

A Jessica real-talk type interview on the Lit KC podcast with Jason Preu

Posted on Aug 9, 2018 in Interview, Promotions

Not going to lie, Jason Preu is one of my all time favorite writers. The fact he happens to live in my same town, and I’m lucky enough to call him a friend is mind blowing. He’s the only poet on earth that I religiously read. He also happens to be the host of the […]

Life on Deadline

Life on Deadline

Posted on Jul 2, 2018 in Essay

For me, the key to quality work on deadline is remove all decisions except the one’s that pertain to my scenes and characters. No real life decisions. No phone calls. No appointments outside the house. All of these things improve the likelihood of a successful day. My ground rules: 1) Recognize and appreciate the time […]

LitUP

LitUP

Posted on Jun 4, 2018 in Essay, KC Creates, KC Writes

It’s a Saturday afternoon and I’m volunteering at a teen literary conference. I’m sitting at the book sales table talking to my new BFF, who’s name I can’t remember. The night before, she had asked about my shoes, “Were they comfortable when you got them?” In the midst of the very classy mixer, surrounded by […]

It’s Time for the LitUp Festival-Saturday 5/12/2018

It’s Time for the LitUp Festival-Saturday 5/12/2018

Posted on May 2, 2018 in KC Creates, KC Writes, Promotions

Join me May 12th, 2018 at the Mid-Continent Public Library’s LitUp Festival. This all-day literary event was designed with teens in mind. I love when young fans get direct access to the creative minds that inspire them, and that’s exactly how MCPL set up the day. Teens are staffing the event and interviewing all of […]

The List

The List

Posted on Apr 10, 2018 in Essay

•    Narrate an audio book. •    Travel to a foreign country on book tour. •    Receive unsolicited fan art. In 5th grade Owen has already accomplished something I aspire to do in my career. He created something that positively impacted another human. He helped me achieve one of my life-long goals by sending me my […]

Every Other Tuesday

Every Other Tuesday

Posted on Mar 3, 2018 in Essay

Every other Tuesday I share a story via my newsletter. My newsletter is where I figure things out. It’s where I share secrets with my friends and give them sneak peeks into my life. I’m honored when someone signs up. It’s like I’ve found another friend to join me in my writing world. My newsletter […]

I’ve Been Everywhere, and Then I Had Dinner, Davenport

I’ve Been Everywhere, and Then I Had Dinner, Davenport

Posted on Feb 6, 2018 in Food, IBE&TIHD

No, that is not my hat. It belongs to my father. He’s a man who goes on epic motorcycle trips, likes Loreena McKennitt, and stops at the gun factory on his way back to Kansas.  (Side note, gun factory’s have really fancy spa-like lady’s restrooms.  Weird, right? And Dad says it’s not a factory, but […]

2017 Reads I love so Hard!

2017 Reads I love so Hard!

Posted on Jan 15, 2018 in Essay, Review

Jessica’s Notable Reads of 2017 It’s the beginning of 2018, so that means I had to log all of the books I read last year into my Goodreads account to see if I met my reading goal for the year. (If you’re on Goodreads find me and lets be friends, please!) My goal was to […]