Jessica Cluess grew up in Los Angeles, moved to Chicago, and then moved back when the weather became too weather-y. She now lives in a place full of sunshine and traffic. Former work experience includes performing ‘Cinderella’ for most of Texas and serving coffee to Orson Scott Card. A graduate of Northwestern University, she uses her education to analyze the subtle and intricate history of the Victorian era, then jams monsters and sorcerers into the mix.
Jessica’s debut YA fantasy A SHADOW BRIGHT AND BURNING (Random House, September 20, 2016) tells the story of a young girl who is selected as the first-ever female sorcerer, the Chosen One who must save the empire. But the glamour of her new life hides enemies who would love to know her dark secret–that she might not be the Chosen One after all.
- Favorite books growing up: SOMETHING WICKED THIS WAY COMES by Ray Bradbury, JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH by Roald Dahl, all Calvin and Hobbes collections.
- Childhood aspiration: FBI agent. When I realized this didn’t involve chasing aliens with David Duchovny or hanging out in a basement with Anthony Hopkins, I amended my plans.
- Favorite time of day/place to write: Early morning, when I can’t judge myself or understand what words mean.
- Books currently reading: MAPLECROFT by Cherie Priest, THE RAVEN BOYS by Maggie Stiefvater.
- Favorite things to do: Hiking, swimming, traveling, bad movie marathons.
- Favorite sports team: New York Yankees. *cue the imperial march*
- Surprising personal fact: Has memorized the entire Hyman Roth ‘It had nothing to do with business’ speech from GODFATHER PART II.
- Greatest thing about being a 2016 debut author: The wonderful company of the other debut authors. And hopefully a commemorative tee shirt.
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