Jess’s writing appeals to both boys and girls and her stories are infused with action, adventure and humour. Themes from her writing include : animal welfare, the environment, sport, resilience, friendship, loyalty, family.
Jess has a new series coming out in April 2017. Little Paws is a fun and heart-warming series about the puppies who train to be Guide Dogs and the families who help raise them. Jess co-wrote the RSPCA Animal Tales series, the Bindi Wildlife Adventures series and the Bindi Behind the Scenes series. Jess is the author of the popular series Keeper of the Crystals, a fantasy adventure for boys and girls. The 5th and 6th books of the series will be coming out in June/August this year.
Jess’s first picture book, Moon Dance, was launched in April 2016 at the Newcastle Writers Festival. Her second, The Bold Australian Girl, is being released in July this year. Jess has also co-written The Kaboom Kids books; an action-packed series for cricket mad kids, with Dave Warner.
Jess enjoys interacting with children from Kindergarten to Year 6 in an engaging way. She uses images, storytelling, activities, characterisation and improvisation to help kids create and share their own stories. Her talks leave children excited about writing their own stories, the power of books and the joys of reading. Jess regularly presents in schools on a range of topics including narrative writing, the stages of narrative, story planning, where ideas come from, the creation of characters and setting, her own writing process and the benefits of reading and writing.
Jess also conducts Creative Writing Workshops which can be tailored to students. A few examples of workshops on offer:
The Magic Door – Fantasy writing is a genre that children are naturally drawn to. In this workshop children can explore their own portal into a magic world through the device of a magic door. They will work on the world, the setting, characters, magical creatures and devices and how to make it back to their own world!
Loud Macaws and Muddy Paws – Join Jess as she takes you on a rollicking journey to create stories about her favourite subject – animals! Discover how to inject humour, surprise, suspense and loving characters into your stories.
The Call to Adventure – Whether your hero is on the cricket pitch, fighting tigers in a jungle or a bully at school; their adventure begins by answering the call to adventure. This workshop gives you the tools to create exciting and suspenseful stories filled with non stop page turning action.