Jessica Jones deftly weaves threads of reality with fantasy in her flash fiction, The Williams Sisters and the Curios Incident. Drawn from the real life of her grandma and aunt when they were children living in Wales, she imagined a fantastical adventure the two girls might have had down to the detail of her great-grandma taking in lodgers. Mixing the real with the imagined comes as no surprise since Jessica loves “science fiction, adventure, magic and those sorts of books,” although she admits the short word count was challenging.
Jessica has faced countless challenges in her young life. She and her mum have been coping with her grandma’s Alzheimer’s for six years and to have her first story in a print publication caught her interest — “I wanted to be a part of it, for her, for who she used to be.”
Though the anthology is her first print publication, she’s had several essays published online, most notably in The Huffington Post UK including one about her grandma — “How Alzhiemer’s Affected Three Generations,” and another somber piece about her younger brother who had been tragically killed in a car crash, “Please Don’t Tell Me Its Time to Move On From the Death of My Brother.”
Jessica invests much of her energy writing her blog, Infertility and Life, where she hopes to raise awareness about infertility and offer support to others. She volunteers for Fertility Network UK and runs an online support group for people challenged by infertility who live in the Leicestershire area in the United Kingdom where she resides.
As you can imagine finding time to write sometimes proves difficult, but Jessica perseveres. Her current project includes a memoir that begins the night of her brother’s car crash, the court case to convict the other driver, and her and her husband’s battle to conceive a child.
Want to read the rest of Jessica’s story? Check out the book: bit.ly/READFLASH.html
If you’d like stay in touch with Jessica, read her blog here: https://infertilityandlife.wordpress.com/
Anchala Studios, LLC is a micro press based in Chapel Hill, NC which selects projects appealing to broad audiences and which enrich the community. The Collection: Flash Fiction for Flash Memory is its first publication.