Hi everyone! Nice ta meetcha!
My name is Jessica Rising, or Morgan Marshall to the publishing world. You can call me either, though my friends typically call me Jessi. So there's that.
Anyway, I graduated from college in 2006 as valedictorian with a BA in Film Studies, and am currently a graduate student at Union Institute and University, earning my MA in Literature and Writing with an emphasis on Children's Lit. I am also a mother of five, ages 15, 14, 11, 8 and 5. I've been writing for as far back as I can remember, though I usually gauge the beginning of my professional career with my first official publication in my hometown newspaper when I was sixteen. So *coughdothemathcough*, I've been a professional writer for the last eighteen years. Almost double decades, baby! To show for all this time in front of a journal, typewriter, word possessor, desktop and laptop (in that order), I have a few poems published and two middle grade novels, which, I'll just be honest here, were self-published. I guess you could say this means one of two things: either I'm a terrible writer in denial, or I'm passionate about my writing to the point that I'll continue to beat my head against a brick wall until someone notices the blood and calls an ambulance.
I kind of like the latter description, myself.
This bio is supposed to be brief, though as a novelist I know that the word "brief" can be relative. Still, I'll shut up now. If you want to know details about my projects, visit my Facebook page. Here I’ll just say that I write eclectic middle grade fiction: fantasy, science fiction, steampunk, etc. My current project is middle grade post-apocalyptic dystopian science fiction. So that'll give you an idea of whether you even want to check it out.
As for me, I’m thrilled to be here and excited to get to know others who do what I do and love what I love. It’s one thing to get to know other writers, but entirely another thing to get to know other children's writers. As I’m sure you all know what I learned the hard way when I took a creative writing course at my college… there's worlds of differences between writing for kids and writing for adults.
Member since 2011
Region: Inland Northwest
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