The Book Series (under construction)
Tentatively entitled Whatever Walked There, Jessica Federle’s in-progress book series follows Lucy Welch, an undergrad student who starts off sitting on her campus quad at 3 a.m., flunked out and broke and technically homeless. When Jane Shinter, a severe small business manager who oversees freelancers with “extramundane” talents, discovers her, Lucy inexplicably receives a fabulous job offer. As Jane pushes Lucy towards a new view of the world, Lucy grapples with diverse and often-conflicting perspectives about how to deal with what just won’t stay dead. And as Lucy’s own talents start to become more evident, she also comes to realize that Jane is driven by more than just an obsession with discovery.
A taste of what’s to come…
The Short Stories
Although tones and subjects vary, Jessica’s short stories always have an unnerving element of mystery and at least a hint of the fantastic. Lonely people looking for answers stumble into conspiracy chats online. Amphibious bodies spasm under the grass. A mysterious blue liquid, oily and musty, sweats from an apartment wall.
Published: “Loveliness Increases” in Splickety‘s “Heirs and Spares” June issue, 2018
A sickly prince struggles to balance his siblings’ hunger for the crown. Old Margaret, his loyal nanny turned caregiver, has had a milky left eye since birth… but she can see what the prince is up to just fine.
Curious? Check Splickety out: Everything is flash fiction, all under 1,000 words, and they’ve got a great range of themes across their different issues. Just $3.49 for a digital copy (http://www.magcloud.com/browse/issue/1472873).
The Poetry (sometimes published)
Jessica’s poetry tends towards more intense themes and contemporary themes. She’s steadily gathering the courage to submit more of it to literary magazines.
The (Other) Blog
Recognized by Expats Blog: An Experienced Shared and ExpatsBlog.com as a great site for folks living abroad in South America, La Colorada features a range of colorful posts and photos from Jessica’s life in Peru. Inevitably, the vibrant culture and stories from her husband’s home country are bleeding into her writing as well.