About Jessica

When I was small Mom would read us kids some of the fairy tales written by my grandmother Pene Beavan Horton. At bedtime Dad would read us to sleep or tell us a story “out of his head”.  We loved those!

As I grew older Green Eggs and Ham and Charlotte’s Web were replaced by the rich, uplifting works of L. M. Montgomery, Louisa May Alcott, Frances Hodgson Burnett and Gene Stratton Porter. Their books, written in the golden age of children’s literature, brought me the “the fragrances of other lands, the mysterious heritage of a past that is not our own, but that has been bequeathed to us…” as Jaroldeen Edwards once said.

Somewhere along the way I discovered family history and my research turned up a rich, spiritual and writing heritage–one of my Victorian grandmothers kept a “commonplace book” (as was common for the time).  In it she recorded bits of verse she liked and some that she wrote herself.

I have followed in the footsteps of my family and taken to the keyboard, writing inspirational devotionals and children’s stories.

When not writing I am researching family history, helping others with their research, practising my guitalele or enjoying the beautiful outdoors.

I am a member of The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators and an associate member of the Canadian Society of Children’s Authors, Illustrators and Performers.


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