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Posted in Uncategorized on February 24, 2018 by Jessica Crichton

Giant bugs, monsterous machines, and a disturbing lack of working toilets. This is Nil, a city where Kids are superheroes, Teens are soldiers, and adults… uhhh… what’s an adult?

Dubbed “The Wizard of Oz in a Steampunk apocalypse”, “Dr. Fixit’s Malicious Machine” is HERE! Grab a copy for your little superhero today!


Today is my Birthday!

Posted in Uncategorized on June 14, 2015 by Jessica Crichton

And my daughter’s graduation from high school.

Crazy times, man. Crazy times.

Who wants more “Bailey Boots”?

Why Post-Apocalyptic for Kids?

Posted in Uncategorized on March 26, 2015 by Jessica Crichton

Why do books matter for the next generation? #kidlit #amwriting #revolution

Jessica Crichton


I can’t tell you exactly when I first started writing, nor why I continue to this day. Authors tend to repeat the oft-used phrase, “we write because we must” to cover such questions. I tend to agree with this. It isn’t a satisfying answer, but there it is — I write because it is who I am.

As far back as I can remember I’ve seen the world… differently. My dollhouse was never enough; I always created an entire world around it with everything in my bedroom. Where most people saw a leaf on a tree, I saw an air-boat for a tiny elf. Where most people saw an office building, I saw a sideways world where people could fall off the walls into space.

I still see these things on a daily basis.

Long ago, I came to the conclusion that there are two ways to go about life…

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Interview with Jessica Rising, author of “Dr. Fixit’s Malicious Machine”

Posted in Uncategorized on March 3, 2015 by Jessica Crichton

An interview with yours truly at Second Wind! 🙂

Pat Bertram Introduces . . .

How long had the idea of your book been developing before you began to write the story?

I’m not that patient. When I get an idea I usually begin planning and writing right away. For Dr. Fixit, I was falling asleep one night when this question popped into my head: what would a post-apocalyptic landscape be like as a sort of Oz-esque world for kids? After that, my brain wouldn’t let me sleep until I had figured out the main characters and the basic plot. Then I began writing it the next day.

That’s usually how it works with me.. My brain never turns off.

How (or when) do you decide that you are finished writing a story?

That’s a loaded question! Like most writers, I don’t think I ever really feel my work is complete. There’s always something to edit or revise or otherwise fix. That’s why I don’t…

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What is a Writer?

Posted in Uncategorized on February 9, 2015 by Jessica Crichton

I am a writer.

I really don’t care if some don’t agree with this assessment. I’ve been a writer so long that if someone told me that I was not a writer, I’d ask what their definition of “writer” is. Then I’d follow up with, “does it have anything to do with fame or financial benefit?”

Sadly for most, the answer to that would be “yes”.

While I’d LOVE to make my living writing just about anything, in the end it isn’t about financial gain. It’s not about fame or fortune or power. It’s about the words. It’s about using metaphor, simile, and myth to speak artistically the truth of the world for our future generations. It’s about creating something interesting out of an otherwise blah topic. It’s about making people laugh, cry, curious, and inspired.

THAT is why I write. And that is why I am a writer.

Words of the Day, #7 & #8

Posted in Uncategorized on December 23, 2014 by Jessica Crichton


noun: awl; plural noun: awls
a small pointed tool used for piercing holes, especially in leather.


Pictured: owlish eyes made with an awl.


noun: literary
noun: yore
of long ago or former times (used in nostalgic or mock-nostalgic recollection).
“a great empire in days of yore.”


Pictured: an awl from the ancient days of yore

Now, give me awl yore shares!

… what?


Posted in Uncategorized on December 6, 2014 by Jessica Crichton

One soul.

Many lives.

Most are lowly, behind-the-scenes cogs of history, forgotten to the ages.

Some are trailblazers, builders of history in the forefront of time.

Then there are the few whose soul purpose is to destroy, burning down the facade of history through the heat of their passion and pain. Through their very existence, they carve out a bloody gash in time and space.

These souls are called Blights.

A new Blight has just arisen. And she’s ready to rewrite history once more.

Watch for more about “Blight”, the new Young Adult dystopian thriller by Jessica Rising!

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