Jemiscoe, or Jem as she likes to be called, cannot say that reading and writing came naturally. Rather, these interests were inspired by pizza. At seven, her school offered free Pizza Hut and Shakey’s Pizza coupons as a reward for reading books, and Jem was sold. Eventually, the books held more interest than the pizza ever did. From reading, writing soon followed.

Jem was born in Washington, D.C., but now lives in Los Angeles with her husband and three kids. She spent more than a decade as an Assistant Director for film and television. In this line of work, she met a diverse group of people from all over the world, which offered inspiration for research and character.

Ultimately, Jem returned to school to pursue her love of reading and writing. She holds a B.A. in English and Creative Writing, and an MFA in Fiction. Several of her short stories have been published in literary journals and magazines, and she will soon query her completed Women’s Fiction manuscript, A Million Somethings.

When Jem is not writing and rewriting her own work, she will most likely be found reading. She is a college-level writing tutor (both formal and creative writing), and a freelance copyeditor, proofreader, and beta reader.

“Life is too short, so you should endeavor to be whomever you want to be.” Jem—