Jenn Reese Writer, Artist, Geek


New Anthology Essay: “Swashbuckle My Heart”


From Booklist: “At the heart of the collection are contributions that plunge deeply into dark recollections...these essays bear out how superheroes are powerful psychological receptacles, helping us define the crucial strength we need to survive—a sentiment which will be of great value to many soul-searchers...There’s ample insight to be found here, not the least of which is that superheroes have...

Teaching on the Coast!


I’m thrilled to announce that I’ll be teaching at the Oregon Coast Children’s Writers Workshop this year, from July 11-15, 2016! This is an intensive workshop for those who are not only passionate about children’s book writing, but who dream of publishing their own children’s books.Getting attendees published is the end goal. The course is designed for beginner...

Aluna Fan Art by Mentacose


Due to my recent videogame obsessions, I’ve been spending a lot more time on Tumblr these days. That’s how I found this incredible drawing of Aluna from the Above World series by artist Mentacose. I love everything about it — her hair, the expression in her eyes, her clothes, the breathing shell… she’s perfect! If you need me, I’ll just be over here staring...

F&SF, Asimov’s, and Milestones


Chris says it best: Many years ago, when Jenn and I started our writing careers, in different parts of the country and different lifetimes, there were two flagship magazines to which all new science fiction and fantasy writers aspired: Asimov’s Science Fiction and The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction. Our careers took different paths through different cities, different Clarions, with...

Story on PodCastle: Sea City Six


Last year my flash story “The Sea City Six: Where Are They Now?” was published in that marvelous ‘zine Flytrap. (You can read it there for free right now. ) But if you prefer to listen to your stories, I have good news: “Sea City Six (Where Are They Now?)” is in the latest episode of PodCastle, Flash Fiction Extravaganza: Great Power, Greater Responsibilities, read...

Story Sale to F&SF!


Guest editor C.C. Finlay has bought my 700-word flash story “How to Masquerade as Human Before the Invasion” for Fantasy & Science Fiction Magazine! The story will appear next year in either the March/April or September/October issue. This is my first sale to F&SF. A bunch of awesome friends read this piece and gave me feedback: Anne, Chris, Haddayr, Heather, Lisa, Jessie...

Science Fiction World reprint


In May I mentioned that my “Tales of the Chinese Zodiac” stories were going to be reprinted in China’s Science Fiction World, and Lo! It has come to pass. I’ve never seen one of my stories translated before, so this is a ridiculous thrill. (I’m just assuming that this is my story given the illustration and the spacing of the story. Feel free to disabuse me of that...

The Wonder of the Launch Pad Astronomy Workshop


Last week, I attended the Launch Pad Astronomy Workshop in Laramie, Wyoming. Here’s the description: Launch Pad is a workshop for established writers held in beautiful high-altitude Laramie, Wyoming. Launch Pad aims to provide a “crash course” for the attendees in modern astronomy science through guest lectures, and observation through the University of Wyoming’s professional telescopes...

“Zodiac” in Science Fiction World


Back in April I received an email from Science Fiction World in China asking if they could reprint my “Tales of the Chinese Zodiac” stories — 12 flash pieces under 500 words each that originally ran in Strange Horizons and were then collected in a Tropism Press chapbook. I happily said yes. Science Fiction World has a circulation of 300,000 print copies. (That’s a 3...

Launch Pad Astronomy Workshop


This summer, in a galaxy far, far away (aka Laramie, WY), I’ll be attending the Launch Pad Astronomy Workshop! Launch Pad is a workshop for established writers held in beautiful high-altitude Laramie, Wyoming. Launch Pad aims to provide a “crash course” for the attendees in modern astronomy science through guest lectures, and observation through the University of Wyoming’s professional...

Trilogy unlocked: Horizon is here!


Today is the official release day of Horizon, the third and final book in the Above World trilogy. I’d like to follow tradition and share with you the book’s dedication and acknowledgements. (I’d also like to tell you why this book is special to me and why it means so much to me to have a trilogy, but that will have to wait until I’m done traveling this month.) The...

Upcoming Events in California


It’s almost time to celebrate the release of Horizon, the last book in my first trilogy. After the launch party in Los Angeles on Sunday, I’m heading up to the Bay Area where I’ll be on tour with author Pete Hautman for the rest of the week. Two of our events are open to the public: Book Launch Party for HORIZON (Los Angeles) April 6th, 2:00 – 3:00pm Once Upon A Time: 2207...

Kirkus Reviews Horizon


Kirkus has liked both books in the Above World trilogy so far, calling Above World “…a thrilling sci-fi adventure. Imaginative and riveting.” and Mirage “…a powerful sequel with sustained themes of friendship and honor.” Here’s what Kirkus has to say about the final book, Horizon: A fitting finale for a gripping futurist series whose four multifaceted heroes...

Mirage Now in Paperback!


The world needs us, and we need each other. We must not hide forever. —Ali’ikai of the Coral Kampii, Born Sarah Jennings Today is a the “book birthday” of the Mirage paperback! I’ve got one in my grubby hands as I type this. This book contains so many things that I love: Four heroes from Above World: Aluna, Hoku, Calli, and Dash Three of my favorite new characters:...

New Short Stories Online


Last year, right before I went in for surgery, I wrote two new flash stories as a gift to myself. (Flash stories are usually very short, often 500 words or so, but less than 1500.) I didn’t think I’d be able to write much while I was recovering, but I thought I could at least stay on top of submitting these flash pieces and therefore make myself feel like a writer anyway. Happily...

Launch Party, ARCs, and More


First things first: Book Launch Party for HORIZON April 6th, 2014 Once Upon A Time, Montrose, CA 2pm – 3pm Please join me to celebrate the release of HORIZON, the last book in the Above World trilogy. (Facebook event announcement) The launch party is happening two days before the official release of the book. If you’re local and planning to buy a copy, please consider supporting this...

Introducing: My First Newsletter


For the last few years, I’ve struggled to make sense of my online life. How much of my social media posts are professional versus personal, how do I keep multiple websites updated when it’s so easy to click a button and post something to Facebook, that sort of thing. A few months ago, I disabled comments on my blog because I couldn’t keep up with Twitter, Facebook, the blog, and...

Pledge: Daily December


Well, here we are, in the last month of 2013. I have a personal goal of writing the first draft of a new novel every year, and unless I get some serious time with the keyboard, I’m in danger of failing. Therefore I’m dubbing this “Daily December” and pledging to write 1,000 words a day this month, unless I finish my novel early. (Unlikely; I wouldn’t put money on...

Above World 3, HORIZON: Cover!


I’m so happy to share the front and back covers of HORIZON, book three in the Above World series. As with the previous two books, the art is by Alexander Jansson and the design by Candlewick. I absolutely love it, and I hope you do, too! It’s about time the Aviars were featured, don’t you think? Calli would be so proud.

Magic Author Moments


Yesterday, I was at brunch with nine other people: friends I know through Chris, and their families. We all sat around a huge table. While I was talking to Meghan and her baby on my right, Chris was talking to a 10-year-old girl on his left. The girl’s mother said something along the lines of, “Why don’t you tell Chris about your favorite book?” The girl launched into the...

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