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Jessika Fleck

Cornfields and Endless Stars



Jessika Fleck is a writer, unapologetic coffee drinker, and knitter—she sincerely hopes to one day discover a way to do all three at once. Until then, she continues collecting vintage typewriters and hourglasses, dreaming of an Ireland getaway, and convincing her husband they NEED more kittens. She has lived all over the U.S. from Hawaii to Vermont, but currently calls Illinois home. She resides there with her sociology professor husband and two daughters where she’s learning to appreciate the beauty in cornfields and terrifyingly large cicadas. BEWARE THE NIGHT is her second published work for young adults.

Favorite Books

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak::The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath::Chaos Walking Series by Patrick Ness::Harry Potter by JK Rowling::Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte::His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman::The Winners Series by Marie Rutkoski

Favorite Quotes

::"I write only because there is a voice within me that will not be still." Sylvia Plath::"I'm not funny. What I am is brave." Lucille Ball::"I try to avoid looking forward or backward, and try to keep looking upward." Charlotte Bronte

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Most Recent Blog Posts

Wednesday, March 25th, 2020

The Gift of Pausing

Hello Swoon Reads readers—I hope this blog post finds you all healthy and well. I’m also hopeful that you’re managing through this Twilight Zone existence we all seem to collectively but also solitarily be a part of the best you’re able.As an author who writes dystopian fiction, I’ll admit, the current state of things is hitting a little too close … Read More


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Thursday, March 12th, 2020

Defy the Sun: The Playlist

Hello again, Swoon Readers! As I’m writing this, the conclusion to The Offering Series, Defy the Sun, is out TOMORROW!!! To say I’m excited and nervous would be an understatement. Powered by Giphy To celebrate, and since I shared my playlist for Beware the Night, I’d love to share a few of my go-to songs from my Defy the Sun … Read More


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Friday, March 6th, 2020

Swoon Author Jessika Fleck: My Publishing Journey

Since my second book with Swoon Reads is releasing SOON (Psst! March 10th!), I figured it’s as good a time as any to share my publishing journey… or more… my (condensed) publishing roller coaster.Stay with me.Mine certainly isn’t a unique tale. I’d dare say most authors have felt the extreme ups and downs and nauseating loop-de-loops of this thing called … Read More


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Monday, February 10th, 2020

Revising a Duology: It's Complicated

Oh, revisions… My old nemesis… We truly have a love/hate relationship. I hate doing the work, but I love the results. And, well, editing is a huge part of publishing a book, so, I suppose, this relationship isn’t going anywhere anytime soon.To use a somewhat tired adage, if our relationship was a social media status, it would definitely be "It’s … Read More


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Monday, December 30th, 2019

First Drafts: The Dreaded Sequel

Sequels are hard, ya’ll.I know… I know… All books come with their own challenges.But.Writing Defy the Sun was a whole different bear. I’d heard the horror stories; the purgatory other authors had fallen into while writing series sequels. I was not going to let that happen! I did the research. I read the articles. I made notes! I was prepared! … Read More


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