The Serious Version
Jess Redman is a therapist and author of books for young readers with FSG/Macmillan. Her first book, THE MIRACULOUS, was a Bank Street Best Children's Book of 2019, an Amazon Best Book of 2019, and was called "layered, engaging, and emotionally true" in a Kirkus starred review. Her second book, QUINTESSENCE, was a Charlotte Huck Honor Book, was featured in OwlCrate Jr.’s subscription box and was described as “a fanciful adventure with a rich emotional core and a fairy tale” by Publishers Weekly. Her third book, THE ADVENTURE IS NOW, is scheduled for publication in May 2021, and the Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books calls it "a Roald-Dahl-esque delight." Redman currently lives in Florida with her husband, two young children, an old cat named SoulPie, and a fish named Annie.
The Not So Serious Version
At age six, Jess Redman published a poem in a local anthology. The first line was, “I read and read and read all day.” She knew then, reading her printed words in a real book, that she wanted to be an author when she grew up.
She spent the next couple of decades doing things like surviving middle school, traveling around the world, becoming a therapist, and having two kids. She wrote the whole time.
Then one day, she realized that she was probably an official grown up and it was time to try to get some more of her words printed in real books.
Her debut middle-grade novel, THE MIRACULOUS, was published by FSG/Macmillan on July 30, 2019. Her second middle-grade novel, QUINTESSENCE, was published on July 28, 2020, and her third, THE ADVENTURE IS NOW, will be out in May 2021.
She still reads and reads and reads all day.