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...

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...

“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...

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...

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.

New Story: Gather Your Bones


“Gather Your Bones,” my new short story, is online at Daily Science Fiction today! Check it out if you get a chance. (Note: It’s an adult story and not intended for a middle-grade audience.)

“Gather Your Bones” is my (brief!) reflection on the Nice Guy Syndrome.

Event: WeHo Book Fair, Sept 29


West Hollywood Book Fair celebrates its 12th edition on Sunday, September 29th. This year’s festival will feature literature, art, music, performance and community in an eclectic presentation. A total of twelve outdoor stages and indoor venues, throughout West Hollywood Park and West Hollywood Library, will host literary and arts programming that will appeal to a broad audience of all ages and...

Audio Rights to Book 3 Sold


I’m happy to announce that the audio rights to HORIZON, book 3 of my Above World series, have sold to Candlewick! Candlewick and Brilliance Audio have done an amazing job on books one and two, both read by the award-winning Kate Rudd, and I can’t wait to hear Horizon come to life, too. Here’s a link to all my current books available on, although they’re...

Sale to Daily Science Fiction


Just before I had surgery in June, I wrote two new flash stories. I’m happy to report that the first one, “Gather Your Bones,” has sold to Daily Science Fiction! Previously, Daily Science Fiction published stories of mine as part of the “Alphabet Quartet,” a series of 26 shorts co-authored by Tim Pratt, Heather Shaw, and Greg van Eekhout. For those of you unfamiliar...

The Book Smugglers review MIRAGE


I love The Book Smugglers, which means I get equal parts nervous and thrilled when I hear they’re going to review one of my books. Last year, Thea read and enjoyed Above World, giving it an 8 out of 10 and calling it a notable read of 2012. (I still squee when I type that). But Mirage… Mirage was the hardest book I’ve written yet, and at times I thought it would break me...

Ebook Extravaganza


My week at Blue Heaven (and my conversations with the smart people there) gave me renewed energy for ebooks. I decided to finally put two of my humorous YA short stories online, and to re-cover my first novel, JADE TIGER, so it reads more clearly as romantic suspense. As soon as I have a few more hours, I’ll sign up with Smashwords and get these up on the remaining platforms. Angst in D...

Kindle Queen for a Day


On April 30th, Above World was advertised on Amazon as the Kindle Teens Daily Deal, and the price was reduced to $1.99. Here’s what happened. A few weeks ago, my publicist at Candlewick let me know that Above World had been selected. I have no idea how that process worked, only that we were all excited. I wasn’t allowed to say anything until the actual day of the sale. So I made a...

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