Hello! I am a writer living in the beautiful space between the Colorado Rockies and the Plains. As a homeschool graduate, I grew up hungry for books that were historically accurate, entertaining, and creative. Finding literature that was enjoyable and entertaining was difficult and over the last few years I determined to fill the gap.
Everyone’s homeschooling experience is different. What do you think made yours unique?
My parents gave me room and time to explore my creative skills, applauding my successes and offering much needed feedback and criticism when my work needed improvement. If not for their constant encouragement, I would never have been able to pursue a creative career.
How did being homeschooled prepare you to write?
I am a firm believer that reading good books is the key to good writing. My experience homeschooling opened up the world of literature. I read everything growing up: the Inklings, Dante, classic British Lit, and a lot of historical fiction. Inspired by these authors and mentored by my father (a lawyer) and several amazing writing coaches, I learned the importance of flexibility and having a teachable spirit.
What caused you to start writing?
What started out as a summer job in my teens proofreading for a local publisher grew into a fulltime passion to tell stories that are faith-building, historically accurate, and entertaining. From proofreading, to editing, to ghostwriting, to screenwriting, to coaching, it feels like I’ve had my hand in just about every writing pot possible. However, it was only recently that I had the courage to branch out and publish my own work. It is not what I planned to be ‘when I grew up,’ but I wouldn’t change it for the world. God sometimes leads you down surprising paths to get you where He wants you.
What inspired The Seabirds Trilogy
It all began as a simple picture in my head of a lighthouse and a tall, middle aged red-headed spinster-novelist who paints birds obsessively and hasn’t finished a book in two decades. What started as a simple summer story set in 1939 grew beyond my wildest dreams. The series is now an epic saga inspired by true historical events as well as my own family’s story.
Would you give us a synopsis?
The Seabirds Trilogy tells of how a young American girl on the verge of womanhood and her three Jewish cousins navigate their radically changing world over the course of WWII.
In Book One, Voyage of the Sandpiper, Piper and an unlikely group of friends set out on an adventure against time and across continents during the summer of 1939. When all hope seems lost, Piper discovers that the God of hope still performs miracles, and in the process, grow up.
In Book Two, Flight of the Seahawks, wounded and battle weary, Peter and Piper return to Maine, expecting a quiet winter. With the arrival of Grace and Edie’s new manuscript, they discover their journey has only just begun and God's plan, though mysterious, is always good.
In Book Three, Song of the Storm Petrel, Piper and the Adleman girls set out on a new adventure in the South Pacific. As the war draws to a close, each must choose faith over fear when it appears their story might not end the way they imagined.
Who will enjoy The Seabirds Trilogy?
While geared towards young women aged 12-16, the series has been enjoyed by young and old alike.
Where can people buy your books?
My books are available on Amazon and Barnes and Noble.
Do you plan to write more books?
Absolutely! The next book in the series, Saving Grace, will be available in the Spring of 2020!
Where can people connect with you online?
You can see what I’m up to on Instagram @jesskateglasner.
You can read what I’m up to at Glasnerhouse.co.
You can hear what I’m up to on the Glasnerhouse Podcast on Spotify or itunes.
And… you can check out The Seabirds Trilogy Pinterest Page
Do you have any final thoughts?
In the words of Piper from Song of the Storm Petrel:
“Look, Peter!” I pointed out the windshield. “A rainbow!”
Like a curtain between the acts of a play, it fell across the sky, separating the past from the present, and the present from the future. Like Noah, I felt God’s promise that our future would be good and filled with joy rest on my heart like a seal. The war was over. We were stepping into his plan, his good and perfect plan that had not changed from the beginning of time.
And as I got out of the car, I felt my feet touch solid earth for the first time since I had first set foot on the Grey Goose six years before. The old season was over.
The scene was finished, to be sure. The story, however, was far from done.
Yes, the play had only just begun. And the next act promised to be much better than the first because that is the way it works when God is the writer.
Jessica has put the first book of this series, Voyage of the Sandpiper, on for free on Kindle!
Pick up a copy HERE