Girl w/ severe social anxiety makes friends on her lab tables, gets cursed, and has to learn coping skills.
A New Jersey-based writer, blogger, and podcast talent. Jessica graduated from Rowan University in August 2014 with a BA in Writing Arts, again in May 2016 with an MA in Writing, and finally, in January 2019 from Sierra Nevada College with an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults.
Jessica has interned in the publishing world. She held a Social Media and Digital Marketing internship at Quirk Books in Philadelphia, PA with Julie Leung and a Managing Editorial internship at Picador USA, an imprint of Macmillan Publishing, in the Flat Iron Building in New York City, NY.
She is an avid reader, writer, and lover of things like: YA lit, sci-fi shows, Pokemon Go, rocking out in her car, and washi tape bookmarks.
When she’s not reading she’s writing. And when she’s not doing either of those things she’s talking to some writer somewhere about their craft and process.
Or she’s delving deeper into debt by looking into yet another writing degree.
Proud fur-mommy to two lab/st-bernards, a lab retriever SDiT, and one orange little
hobgoblin cat, all of whom have made very audible appearances on the podcast.
I love to see intertextuality and parody fantasies. SFF is definitely a weakness of mine.
Sick kid romance. Manic pixie dream girls. Any story that features mental illness as an obstacle and not part of the characterization.
Shelley Godwin and the Cursed Necklace is an Own Voices middle-grade fantasy novel complete at 51,500 words. It’s perfect for fans of Jess Redman’s Quintessence, which handles panic disorder, and Ash Van Otterloo’s use of whimsy in Cattywampus.
Shelley Godwin has always been good at making friends… by stitching the parts together in her lab. Her extreme social anxiety makes it hard to meet anyone otherwise.
And it only gets worse once she puts on a cursed necklace she was gifted by a mysterious old man.
Transformed into a chimera of her own creations and on the run from her family of monster hunters, Shelley will have to learn to make friends outside of her basement lab. With the help of Bog, a calm and kind trollgre of the wood, and Theodora Hettie Nox, the incredibly extroverted seventh princess of Witch City, Shelley will find a way to deal with both the curse of social anxiety and the one hanging around her neck.
As a neuro-atypical author, it is important for me to showcase mental illness in my work as a part of the characterization and not part of the plot.
I hold a BA in Writing Arts with specializations in Creative Writing and New Media Writing and Publication as well as an MA in Writing from Rowan University and an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Sierra Nevada College; I have studied with authors including Pablo Cartaya, Lisa Papademetriou, Joe McGee, and Jess Rinker; and I run BookedAllNight.blog, a young adult and middle-grade book blog and podcast. When I’m not writing, I’m training with my psychiatric service dog, Ringo.
I would be happy to send you the completed manuscript for your consideration.
Shelley Godwin had always been adept at making friends, after all, it was pretty easy to gather the animals off the side of the road and stitch them together in her lab.
She rarely got to keep her creations (aka friends) for more than a few days before her sisters released them into the enchanted forest just south of town. They always muttered something about how the townsfolk didn’t want to see anything as frightening as that. Her newest companion was going to have the ears of a rabbit and the body of a fox. No one would run away screaming from that. It would be way too cute to scare people, so it would be too cute to release into the woods.
Shelley had to finish stitching on the ears before the storm passed. Getting them off that rabbit body was pretty easy but getting them onto the dead fox was proving to be incredibly difficult. She was sure she would have had her new friend on the bed, in the loft, and ready for the storm by now, but the sky was getting darker and she was barely halfway through the second ear. She’d spent an hour on one ear. An hour!
Thunder rumbled in the distance.
Flasks! I have to move faster!
Upper MG/Lower YA Contemporary: two students run an underground newspaper and one of their writers accuses a teacher of sexual assault
YA SciFi Psych Thriller: a girl remembers being someone else and learns everything is a lie.
MG Fantasy Graphic Novel Hybrid: a vlogger gets kidnapped by faeries during a live feed.
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