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Some kids want to grow up to be doctors, or movie stars, or political assassins. Me, I wanted to draw comic books. Not Archie comics, either—superhero comic books. Maybe it was all the heavily muscled guys in spandex…

Around the time I was 15, I realized that as much as I enjoyed drawing (note that I’m saying nothing about the quality of those pics), it was a lot of fun putting words in the characters’ mouths. I didn’t know the term “fanfic” back then, but I started writing stories about the X-Men, Alpha Flight, and the Teen Titans. Didn’t do anything with those stories, other than horrify my mother. She asked why I couldn’t write nice stories, you know, about bunnies. Nope—me, I wanted to write about power. About magic. About hot guys in spandex. And about beating those guys bloody and senseless. (In retrospect, maybe I really did want to horrify my mother. Hey, not my fault. When I was a kid, I busted her doodling on the cover of New Teen Titans #6. Argh!)

So maybe it’s ironic that the book I wound up writing had nothing to do with overly muscled men and everything to do with scantily clad women. (Well, temporarily scantily clad.) Oh, right, and demons.

Previously, I was the fantasy editor for Wild Child Publishing. Along with working with terrific authors and editors, I’d been fortunate enough to interview a number of fabulous people for WCP, including Margaret Weis (I think Raistlin was my first crush).

Along with my adult novels, I also write young adult fiction under the byline Jackie Morse Kessler. For more about my secret identity as a young adult author, please visit my YA website: Jackie Morse Kessler.

In case you're wondering, I live in Upstate New York, along with my Loving Husband and two Precious Little Tax  Deductions, 1 cat, and way too many comic books.


Details coming soon!

Bethlehem Public Library - February 27, 2011

RT Booklovers Convention - April 6-April 9, 2011

Rochester Teen Book Festival - May 14, 2011

Albacon - October 21-23, 2011




"Hell's Fury," The Mammoth Book of Hot Romance (TBA)

Rage* (Harcourt Graphia, April 2011 - paperback)

"Hell Bound," Those Who Fight Monsters: Tales of Occult Detectives (Edge SF,
March 2011)

"Going Dark," Whedonistas (Mad Norwegian Press, March 2011)

"Where We Are Is Hell," After Hours: Tales from the Ur-Bar (DAW, March 2011)
"Carpe Noctem," Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Tales (Dark Horse, January 2011)

Hunger* (Harcourt Graphia, October 2010 - paperback)

"To Hell With Love," The Mammoth Book of Paranormal Romance 2," (Running
Press, October 2010)

Hotter Than Hell (Kensington/Zebra Books, September 2010 ­ mass market
Shades of Gray** (Ballantine Spectra, June 2010 ­ trade paperback)

Hell's Angel (All Romance eBooks, February 2010 - ebook)

"Carpe Noctem" (MySpace Dark Horse Presents, Feb-Mar 2010 - online comic
The Road to Hell (Kensington/Zebra Books, November 2009 ­ mass-market

Black and White** (Bantam Spectra, June 2009 ­ trade paperback)

"A Hell of a Time," Eternal Lover (Kensington Publishing Corp., April 2009 ­ mass-market reissue)

"Hell Is Where The Heart Is," A Red Hot Valentine's Day (Avon Red, January

“When Hell Comes Calling,” Lilith Unbound (Popcorn Press, September 2008)

Hell’s Belles (Kensington/Zebra Books, September 2008 – mass-market reissue)

Hotter Than Hell (Kensington/Zebra Books, August 2008 – trade paperback)

“A Hell of a Time,” Eternal Lover (Kensington Publishing Corp., April 2008)

The Road to Hell (Kensington/Zebra Books, November 2007 – trade paperback)

“Red,” Realms of Fantasy (April 2007)

“To the Core,” Dreams & Desires Vol. 1 (Freya’s Bower, February 2007)

Hell’s Belles (Kensington/Zebra Books, January 2007 – trade paperback)

“Why Monsters Don’t Do Group Therapy,” From the Asylum (December 2006)

“The Ties That Bind,”*** Farthing (Spring 2006)

“Giving the Devil His To-Do’s,” From the Asylum (December 2005)

“Reflections,”**** Ruthie’s Club (November 2005)

“Hunger,” Byzarium (September 2005)

“The Compromise,” Wild Child Publishing (August 2005)
“Guilty Pleasures,” Allegory – formerly Peridot Books (Winter 2005)

I also had a book review published in Tenebres in 2000, but it was translated into French, so I can’t read my contributor’s copy. C’est la vie…

* Under the byline Jackie Morse Kessler
** With coauthor Caitlin Kittredge
*** Honorary Mention, Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror (October 2007)
**** Under the byline J.M. Kaye




Absolute Write. Another terrific online forum. The Beware and Background Check is worth its weight in gold. (Um, virtual gold?)

Deadline Dames. Nine urban fantasy authors. One website. Hang your hat with Devon Monk, Jenna Black, Karen Mahoney, Keri Arthur, Lilith Saintcrow, Rachel Vincent, Rinda Elliott, Toni Andrews, and me! 

Fangs, Fur & Fey. Do you do urban fantasy—either as a reader or as an author? If so, check out this fabulous LiveJournal community.

League of Reluctant Adults. A boatload of urban fantasy authors. And all of us refuse to grow up.

Romance Writers of America. I’m an active member of the Capital Region RWA, and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

SF Novelists. Probably the smartest, savviest writers of science fiction and fantasy out there. And they let me join! Yoikes.

SFWA. Lifetime member of the Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America. (One of these days, I’ll actually do something with my membership…)



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