Jessica wrote and illustrated her first story in the fourth grade. “The Dragon of Grindley Grun” was about an evil wizard, a princess, and a dragon who was actually a prince. She likes to think her writing has evolved since that very first story, even though she still mostly writes about magic and evil wizards.
She earned a BA in Creative Writing from Murray State University and an MFA in Writing from Lindenwood University.
Her short fiction and poetry has appeared in Flash Fiction Magazine, Slink Chunk Press, Capulet Magazine, Vamp Cat Magazine, salt + vinegar zine, Kaleidotrope, Taco Bell Quarterly, and elsewhere. You can find links to most of these pieces on the Other Work page.
She likes to sing loudly and dance on occasion without being particularly talented at either. Her interests include reading, writing, procrastinating, animal advocacy, musicals, accessories, memes, planners, planner accessories, matching athleisure, toddler wrangling, and sweet tea.
Jessica has been a meat-slicer, chicken-fryer, and professional pill-pusher while steadfastly remaining a writer. Her debut novel, Stones and Finger Bones, was released in 2015 and she has since released a short companion eBook to Stones and a children’s picture book.
Current projects include a young adult novel, a poetry chapbook, and the sequel to Stones and Finger Bones.
She lives and writes in Kentucky with her family.
PRAISE FOR STONES AND FINGER BONES
“Vivid, sharp and charismatic, Stones and Finger Bones is a promising start to Minyard’s Black Towers series that will no doubt leave readers ready for more.” — Rachel, book blogger at The Rest Is Still Unwritten
“Rich and thrilling, Stones and Finger Bones kicks off a great new fantasy series that is sure to appeal to fans of Sarah J. Maas Throne of Glass series!” — Rachel, book blogger at The Rest Is Still Unwritten
“A GREAT first novel!” — Kasey, Moonlight Gleam Reviews
“I can’t stay away from this series!” — Lindsay, Contagious Reads
“Expect the unexpected because that’s what you’ll get. The characters are devious and/or charming and you will either love or loathe them.” — Merissa, Archaeolibrarian
“Multi-layered & utterly riveting, Stones and Finger Bones is a winner from the get-go.” — Booknut, 21st Century Once Upon a Time
*Author photos by Brittany Marie Photography, Louisville, KY
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