Jessica A Goodsell is a fire-wielding badass who takes pity from no one and has an unwavering sense of right and wrong.
Or she would be, if she were one of her main characters.
Instead, Jessica is a writer of young adult fantasy/sci-fi novels, literary short stories, and the occasional poem. Her day job as a data analyst means she gets up before the sun to write and only watches an hour of TV a day (and she’s a Millennial, so this is really hard sometimes).
Jessica initially went to school for a creative writing degree but fell in love with the topic of anthropology, instead. Frustrated by the emphasis of literary fiction at her university, she switched majors and continued taking writing courses and mentoring on the side.
It turns out that anthropology is actually really relevant to a writer and Jessica has never looked back from that decision to change majors.
In 2014, when she graduated with a Master’s degree in Biomedical Anthropology, having already secured her current job position, she thought she would finally have the hours she longed to devote to her writing.
Boy, was that a mistake.
Turns out, working full time, taking care of a high-maintenance black lab, and finding sufficient blocks of time to write are harder than it seems. But, through sheer force of will and a whole lot of tea, she’s making it work (and funding Private Selection’s black tea line).
This blog was inspired by the ongoing writing journey and the black box that seems to stand between writing a thing and seeing it published. “In the course of events” is a phrase Jessica likes to use when she’s not sure how she got a character from scene A to scene B but she knows it was awesome and she’ll figure it out later. Maybe we’ll get to peek into that black box and see exactly how the course of events really happens.
Jessica lives in Phoenix, Arizona with her dog, Zoe.