I’m happy to announce The Shining Ones has entered manifestation – it physically exists! The paperback has been available for a little while but I was waiting for Amazon to link it to the Kindle edition on their site. So what’s it about? If you’ve been reading the free chapters, you’ll have an idea. The… Continue reading ‘The Shining Ones’ paperback – available now!
The first review has arrived for The Shining Ones. A big thanks to Claudia Durr for this. Glad you enjoyed the book!
“Page turner with lots of action ★★★★
A great read. I couldn’t put it down. Jessica truly knows how to spin a tale and keep you on the edge of your seat.”
Creating images of the characters that feature in your novel is a great way to help you visualise your cast. You can do the usual checklists and build psychological profiles. You can list their hair colour and height, what they like to eat, how they talk, and so on. But nothing beats an actual image.… Continue reading Creating Character Portraits: Meet the cast of The Shining Ones
This week we’re counting down to the publication of The Shining Ones – exciting and nerve wracking all at the same time! And we start, appropriately enough, with its origins. Sometimes it’s hard to pinpoint where an idea for a story comes from. But others arrive with an obvious genealogy, even if the story eventually… Continue reading Plagiarising Dracula in my sleep
I’m up to my red eyeballs with editing and proofing The Shining Ones – putting commas in and taking them out again – so here’s a short post about things I’ve never done. (And my eyes really are red! The heating is back on and they’re not happy about it, and staring at a computer… Continue reading Write What You Know: Things I’ve Written that I Don’t Know
As promised, here’s an extract from the first chapter of my novel about human angels, The Shining Ones. It’s set in the near future in a slowly disintegrating but familiar world which has been devastated after a solar storm. The storm triggered a mutation in a small number of people, called Deviants by the ARK… Continue reading The Shining Ones: first chapter extract
I’m busy sending my latest novel out to agents and it’s all rather nerve wracking. Part of this process involves writing the blurb and a pitch for the book. This is one of the hardest things you’ll ever do as a writer. If you think writing the book is hard, just wait until you have… Continue reading Introducing The Shining Ones