I want this blog to be a space where I share my writing exercises, where I share my thoughts on craft, and update y’all on my writing life. I want it to be a space you and I both can turn to be inspired.
About Me: Jean Thomas
23 • book lover • writer • Gryffindor • demigod • Whovian • browncoat • code name: U.N.C.L.E • Wonder Woman • Miraculous Ladybug
In truth, I was probably too young to be reading about sexual assault, but I can’t regret picking up Just Listen by Sarah Dessen, because it was while I sat in my reading chair facing the window, my feet up on the windowsill, the hardcover library book spread open across my knees, caught up in the story, that I had this life-changing thought: I could do this, too. I didn’t even finish the book before I started writing my very first novel, which I finished in a month at a tidy 32,000 words.
Then Eragon by Christopher Paolini winged into my life and sparked a desire to write fantasy. Though I may have left my contemporary fiction roots behind (though I still enjoy every Sarah Dessen novel), I have never looked back on fantasy.
Then, in college, my personal narrative, Fallen Pillar, about my experience coping with a family member diagnosed with cancer, was published in The Engaged Citizen (2014-2015) and a short fiction piece, Italian Fish, was published in University of Kentucky’s Undergraduate Arts journal, Shale (Fall 2016).
Despite these successes, I wanted more structure to help me finish my debut novel. So I applied to, and was accepted to, Seton Hill University’s Writing Popular Fiction MFA program. I’m very excited for this new chapter of my life. I hope it’s the beginning of a beautiful relationship.
I’m a 24-year-old recent college graduate, a persistent writer, and constant daydreamer. I have two older brothers diagnosed with autism, a goofy but ferociously adorable German shepherd named Dora, and an antisocial and possibly suicidal cat that I affectionately refer to as Cat (or Queen Butterball, if she’s getting on my nerves).
A Note on my Favorite Books
Maggie Stiefvater’s The Scorpio Races is
quite possibly my favorite stand-alone novel ever.
But, being a fantasy fan, most of my favorite books are part of a series. I’m a Potter girl at heart, though several series have made a play for my affections including but not limited to: the Percy Jackson series (and its derivatives) by Rick Riordan, the Artemis Fowl series by Eoin Colfer, the Ranger’s Apprentice series by John Flanagan, and anything by Tamora Pierce and Patricia Briggs.
Recent favorites include Cinda Williams Chima, Alexandra Bracken, Kristin Cashore, Veronica Rossi, Rae Carson, Rachel Hartman, Sherry Thomas, Marie Rutkoski, Sarah Beth Durst, Maria V. Snyder, Naomi Novik, Darynda Jones, and Neal Shusterman.