Photo: Brian Braff
Jessica Brody knew from a young age that she wanted to be a writer. She started self “publishing” her own books when she was seven years old, binding the pages together with cardboard, wallpaper samples, and electrical tape.
After graduating from Smith College in 2001 where she double majored in Economics and French and minored in Japanese, Jessica later went on to work for MGM Studios as a Manager of Acquisitions and Business Development. In May of 2005, Jessica quit her job to follow her dream of becoming a published author.
Since then, Jessica has written and published over seventeen novels for teens, tweens, and adults including 52 Reasons to Hate My Father, A Week of Mondays (a Texas Lone Star list selection), Addie Bell’s Shortcut to Growing, The Geography of Lost Things, Better You Than Me, The Chaos of Standing Still, In Some Other Life (a Junior Library Guilt selection), and the three books in the Unremembered trilogy. She is also the author of Save the Cat! Writes a Novel, a how-to plotting book for novelists. Her next young adult novel, Sky Without Stars, a sci-fi retelling of Victor Hugo’s Les Miserables (co-written by Joanne Rendell) releases in March of 2019.
Additionally, Jessica writes books for Disney Press, including the Descendants: “School of Secrets“ series, based on the hit Disney Channel Original movie, Descendants, and the LEGO Disney Princess chapter books.
Jessica’s books are published and translated in over 23 countries and Unremembered and 52 Reasons to Hate My Father are currently in development as films. (Click here for a full list of foreign sales and publishers.) She currently lives with her husband and three dogs near Portland, Oregon.
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15 Random (and somewhat embarrassing) Facts about Jessica:
- She loves bananas but hates anything banana flavored.
- She’s squeamish about bones and belly buttons.
- She’s always secretly wanted to be a member of the Spice Girls.
- She doesn’t like it when vegetables try to pass themselves off as dessert. (“Carrot Cake? Seriously? You’re not fooling anyone!”)
- The first book she learned to read was Go Dog Go at age 2, although technically she probably just memorized it.
- She can’t whistle. (And no, it’s not as simple as just putting your lips together and blowing).
- She’s allergic to avocado (a fact that she hates because she loves guacamole!)
- Her favorite movie to quote is the movie, Arthur starring Dudley Moore. (“Bitterman, drive through the park. You know how I love the park.”)
- She’s always had a strange obsession with the scanners at supermarket registers and now never misses an opportunity to use the self check-out lanes so she can scan her own food.
- She loves speaking in a British accent, much to the annoyance of everyone around her.
- She’s always hated doing anything athletic and used to hide behind the handball courts in elementary school during P.E.
- She is a major tech-y and has to own every gadget that comes out. Regardless of whether or not she has any intention of using it.
- She can’t stand the word “pocketbook” or “panties.”
- Her all-time favorite foods are pixy sticks, sushi and afternoon tea sandwiches and she insists on having all three at her birthday parties.
- Her very first novel was called The Puppy and the Kitty and was complete with illustrations. She wrote it when she was 7. (See photo below).