On Planning Ahead and Breaking through Writer’s Block


Once again, super fast because I'm about to get on the road to Easton, PA, for this year's YAFest! I've been doing a lot of writing lately -- both for the next book after To Bear An Iron Key and for my MFA project -- and I've been planning ahead far … [Read more...]

Giveaway – Winner!

Winner!!! We have a winner, picked randomly, for the TO BEAR AN IRON KEY giveaway! And the winner is... LOUISE WALKER Congratulations, Louise! Please email me (jax AT jackiekessler DOT com) with your postal address, and I'll send you a signed copy … [Read more...]


Super quick, because I'm blogging from the House of Plague (one son has strep throat; the other has a horrific cold that is trying to morph into a sinus infection; I'm walking around axe-kicking germs and knocking on wood). Yesterday, I received my … [Read more...]

On The Joy Of Outlining


When I first started writing novels, I was very much a pantser; planning stuff ahead of time just wasn't how I was wired. (And that wasn't just for writing; I barely remembered to book airline tickets the day before a conference.) I wrote my first … [Read more...]

In Which Jackie Doesn’t Write

I didn't write at all today. Not. At. All. But here's what I did do today: 1. Unloaded dishes from the dishwasher. 2. Made lunches for my younger son and my husband. 3. Did three loads of laundry, including folding clothes and putting them … [Read more...]