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

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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Thursday, November 21st, 2019

NaNoWriMo 101: How to Stay Motivated

Happy NaNoWriMo, writers! We’ve just passed the midway point… You might be starting to see the tiniest glimmer of light at the end of the tunnel… You can do this!But.You’re tired. It’s getting cold outside. The novelty’s probably worn off. And, well, that comfy couch, cozy blanket, and napping puppy is looking mighty good compared to a hard, wooden coffee ... Read More


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Wednesday, May 8th, 2019

Announcing DEFY THE SUN by Jessika Fleck!

Well hello, Swoon Readers! I am so excited to be here on the blog today because, no lie, I’ve been biting my tongue wanting to make this announcement for the better part of a year. If you’re not familiar with how publishing works 👉it’s notoriously slower than an author’s patience threshold. That said, many of you who’ve read Beware the ... Read More


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Thursday, March 14th, 2019

Swoon Author Jessika Fleck: Words Heal

Hey Swoon Readers! As I’m writing this I’m two—TWO—days away from Beware the Night publishing! Suffice it to say, I’m equal parts this… Powered by Giphy And this… Powered by Giphy Words and stories are beautiful, magical things. I truly believe this.I wrote Beware the Night in 2011, the same year I accidentally hit my head on the corner of ... Read More


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Thursday, February 28th, 2019

Swoon Author Jessika Fleck: Music + Coffee = <3

Every author has their writing must-haves. Coffee… A specific snack… Candlelight… A window to gaze out of…Mine is definitely music. (Followed by coffee. Obviously.) Powered by Giphy With each manuscript, after I’ve plotted and outlined, I make a playlist and a Pinterest board for inspiration. It’s a sort of reward I gift myself for getting through the outlining stage (not ... Read More


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