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...]

Grab Your Editorial Scissors: Let’s Cut Words!'s short!

I did something drastic yesterday. No, I didn't swear off chocolate -- that's just crazy. But I did do something that I haven't done in a very long time. I cut my hair short. Really short. Like, more than 12 inches are now gone. Please … [Read more...]

The Organic Revision

One of the definitions of "organic" is as follows: ORGANIC: denoting a relation between elements of something such that they fit together harmoniously as necessary parts of a whole. (Another has to do with expensive produce. But I digress.) The … [Read more...]