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News: Upcoming Talk At Arts Center Of The Capital Region

Friday, February 22nd, 2013

Mark Wednesday, April 3, 2013, in your calendars. At 7:30 that evening, I’ll be speaking as part of the new Hear The Author series (started by my friend, motivational speaker Bob Clancy). Here’s the official info:


Jackie Morse Kessler is the author of a critically acclaimed quartet of issue-oriented paranormal novels focused on teen protagonists, the Riders of the Apocalypse series, and will give a talk titled “Never Give Up: A Writer’s Guide to Overcoming Challenges And Achieving Goals”.

The Riders series comprises Hunger, a starred SLJ novel about an anorexic teenage girl who becomes Famine; Rage, a novel about a teen cutter who becomes War; Loss, in which a bullied teenage boy is tricked into becoming Pestilence of the Riders of the Apocalypse; and Breath, which will have depression and suicide as subjects and will be available in April 2013.

100% of the proceeds will go to a Shen & Shaker Sports Scholarship.

PLEASE REMEMBER: This event will take place at the Arts Center of the Capital Region, at 265 River Street, 2 blocks north of the Music Hall.
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A package including tickets to all three Hear the Author events is available for $24. Packages must be bought at the box office at (518) 273-0038.


I’m very excited about this upcoming event. The past year was a big one for me in terms of soul-searching and, by the end of the year, personal growth. I’ve stressed so much about writing and publishing over the years, and it’s taken me a long time to figure out how to regain balance. I’ll be talking about how I got there — it will be about writing, and publishing, and overcoming challenges. There will be a Q&A session following my talk — writers and readers are welcome to ask about the Riders books, my upcoming novel To Bear An Iron Key (Month9Books, spring 2014), how to stay sane while pursuing a writing career, who my favorite Winchester is in Supernatural, why chocolate should be its own food group…you name it! And I believe there will also be a bookseller on site, with copies of the Riders books (not including Breath, which will come out mid-April). I’ll have small posters for all attendees. (Note to self: Order posters!)

If you’re wondering about the sports scholarship, Bob set that up for local high schools Shaker and Shenendehowa. It’s in memory of the two seniors who died, as well as to honor the two other seniors who were injured, in a car accident in December.

Here the the links for the other two speakers in the Hear the Author series: local authors Bob Clancy and John Blowers.

I hope to see you on Wednesday, April 3!

Interviewed, reviewed, and character revenge

Friday, December 24th, 2010

Yesterday, HUNGER got a terrific review at YA Book Reads — and today, they posted an interview with me, in which I talk about writing, donating money to NEDA, the character of Death, and, er, strip clubs. 🙂

HUNGER also recently got a terrific review at the Starmetal Oak Book Blog.

And you should stop by Figment, where I am interviewed by Lisa (protagonist of HUNGER) and Missy (protagonist of RAGE).

Wild And Crazy Fall – with contest

Monday, December 6th, 2010

A wild and crazy fall? No doubt. Man, I haven’t blogged in forever. I think doing all those wonderful blog tours in October (every day!) temporarily short-circuited my blogging urge. But I’m back! Rah! And now, it’s time to play catch up.

Back in October, I showed a picture of Brian and Jen reading HUNGER on the bus to the Rally for Sanity and/or Fear. Here are more pictures of people with copies of HUNGER:

Here’s Julie, showing off her copy. So glad you enjoyed it, Julie!

And here is Neil Gaiman — my god of writing — holding up the copy that I sent him. A huge thanks to his phenomenal mystery aide, Cat Mihos, for the amazing picture!

If you send me a picture of you holding a copy of HUNGER, I’ll put it up on my blog. 🙂

Now that HUNGER has officially launched, and I’ve gotten past the initial wave of OMG OMG OMG AAAAAAAAAAH, I’m focusing on writing LOSS (think bullying, Pestilence, Alzheimer’s…and Robin Hood. I swear, I’ll make it work!), and getting ready for RAGE to hit the shelves in four short months. (Gulp.)

Speaking of RAGE, I’m thrilled that it’s a Junior Library Guild selection for spring 2011! I’ll have an updated cover posted soon — it’s the same as what I currently have on my website, but shiner, and with a fantabulous cover quote from the ever-amazing Heather Brewer. Her quote says:

“RAGE is raw and real, a truly dark, honest look at self-harm and teenage psyche. Kessler left me breathless.”

Last month, That Cover Girl interviewed me and cover artist Sammy Yuen about HUNGER and RAGE. Sammy’s interview in particular is a terrific read. Thanks again, That Cover Girl!

New stuff: there’s a new Post Mortem interview posted: Death talks to Laurel from Amy Brecount White’s lovely FORGET-HER-NOTS.

Amberkatze interviewed me on her blog — thanks, Amber!

Over November, more terrific reviews of HUNGER came in, including:

Icey Books

Wondrous Reads

The Diary of a Bookworm

Marie Loves Books

A Simple Love of Reading

Silent T’s Book Blog

Renee’s Book Addiction

CK2s Kwips and Kritiques

My Favourite Books

I once again want to thank all of the folks who have been reading and reviewing HUNGER. You all rock out loud!

GIVEAWAY: Lauren’s Crammed Bookshelf has a terrific review of HUNGER…plus an ARC giveaway of the book! Thanks, Lauren!!!

On Wednesday, I’ll be over at The Book Smugglers for my Smugglivus post…which happens to also be my birthday, so there may be a RAGE ARC giveaway. Maybe. 🙂

Whew. Note to self: When I don’t blog for a month, there’s a lot of catch up to do!

HUNGER Crossroads Tour: Late Bloomer Online and Giveaway

Sunday, October 31st, 2010

Happy Halloween, everyone! Whew. Spent all morning cleaning the house, and all afternoon and evening getting it dirty. Well, okay, not that, but my best friend and her family came over, so it was Tax Deduction Madness, followed by trick-or-treating. Loving Husband and my best friend’s husband took all the boys around the neighborhood, while my BF and I sat drinking wine. Well, no. Playing cards, actually, and fielding all the trick-or-treaters.

Cool point of the evening? A trick-or-treater came by…with a Vlad Tod bag! I had to give him some smiley-fangy-face temporary tattoos. 🙂

Today is the last day of the Crossroads Tour! Today’s visit is with Late Bloomer Online. Which movie gets a hat-tip in my interview? Read it to find out! And then head over to the Crossroads Tour main page, answer all the questions, and submit your answers for a chance to win Really Cool Things!

A huge thanks to Judith Graves for organizing the Crossroads Tour, to all the terrific bloggers who hosted us, all the other YA paranormal authors for participating, to Shannon Delany for first telling me about the tour, and to all readers who commented and participated. You guys all rock!

And look – another HUNGER review:

Catcher Gone Awry

Finally, Jami at YA Addict is giving away a copy of HUNGER! Thanks for hosting the giveaway, Jani!

HUNGER on the HuffPo Sanity Bus

Sunday, October 31st, 2010

I couldn’t make it to the Rally To Restore Sanity And/Or Fear, alas. But two of my friends went, via one of the HuffPo Sanity busses…and look at the reading material they brought:

Brian Cortijo and Jennifer Fischer on a HuffPo Sanity bus

Jen and Brian, you guys ROCK OUT LOUD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Wish I could have been there. I hope you had a terrific time!

HUNGER Crossroads Tour and signing today

Saturday, October 30th, 2010

Before anything else, a moment for me to squee: I received six RAGE advance reading copies yesterday. **SQUEE!!!!!!**


Okay, back to blogging…

Today’s Crossroads Tour stop at Just Your Typical Book Blog is a little different — it’s not an interview, but rather a guest post in which I answer Amber’s question, “If I were sucked into one of my books, which book would it be, and what kind of reaction or hopes would I have.” The post is called “Let’s Talk About Death,” and in it, I get into how influenced I’ve been by books and comic books when it came to the character of Death — including Neil Gaiman, Piers Anthony and Terry Pratchett. Thanks so much, Amber!

After you read the post, head on over to the Crossroads Tour main page for today’s question. One day to go!

And hey, another HUNGER review, over at Teen Book Review Blog.

Finally, I’m signing copies of HUNGER today at The Little Book House in Stuyvesant Plaza, in Albany NY, from 2 – 3 pm. If you’re local, I hope to see you there! I can show you a shiny RAGE ARC. 🙂

HUNGER Crossroads Tour: Electrifying Reviews

Friday, October 29th, 2010

Happy Friday! Today I’m visiting Alex at Electrifying Reviews. He asks me bluntly if the other books in the Riders’ Quartet end the same way that HUNGER did — and I actually give an answer! Come on by, and then go to the Crossroads Tour main page for today’s question. Getting close to the big Halloween finale!

More HUNGER reviews…

Candace’s Book Blog

A Backwards Story

Book Chic Club

And if you’re in the Albany NY area, I’m signing copies of HUNGER at The Little Book House tomorrow, Saturday, October 30, 2010, from 2pm – 3pm.

HUNGER Crossroads Tour, days 8 and 9

Sunday, October 24th, 2010

Sorry about the lack of update yesterday; too many things going on IRL, including still getting over being sick. 😛 So, from yesterday…

Crossroads Blog Tour, day 8: Wolfy Chicks. Among other things, I talk about the best writing advice I’ve ever received.

Crossroads Blog Tour, day 9: The Here, The Now, The Books. My interview isn’t live as of yet, but have patience. It will be. 🙂

That’s it for now. I’m off to take the Precious Little Tax Deductions to religious school — family program morning, so no writing for me — and then back home for lunch. This afternoon, I hope to finally get some writing in…both on LOSS and on a shiny new project. Rah!

HUNGER Crossroads Tour – Supernatural Snark

Friday, October 22nd, 2010

Welcome to Day 7 of the Crossroads Tour! Today’s stop is at Supernatural Snark. By now, you should know the drill. 🙂

Just a quick post today! Happy Friday!

HUNGER Crossroads Tour: Confessions of a Bookaholic

Thursday, October 21st, 2010

Welcome to Day 6 of the Crossroads Tour! Today’s stop is at Confessions of a Bookaholic. Stop by, then go to the main Crossroads Tour page for today’s question.

And look: More HUNGER reviews:

Phoebe North

Manga Maniac Cafe

And Oh My Books, which gives HUNGER five stars. 🙂

Plus…School Library Journal has given HUNGER a starred review! Here’s what will appear in the November 2010 issue:

*KESSLER, Jackie Morse. Hunger. 180p. Houghton/Graphia. 2010. pap. $8.99. ISBN 978-0-547-34124-8. LC number unavailable.
Gr 8 Up–Suicidal, anorexic Lisabeth thinks she is hallucinating when Death (who looks a lot like a certain dead grunge rock star) rings her doorbell, hands her a set of scales, and informs her that she is now one of the four riders of the Apocalypse–Famine, specifically. When ignoring the scales and the giant war horse grazing in the front yard doesn’t work, Lisabeth takes up the mantle of Famine and rides out to areas marked by the excess of gluttony and decimated by starvation. It’s not long before she learns how to spread hunger and discord, and maybe even how to balance the scales in the areas of the worst suffering. She meets fellow riders–War, who encourages her destructive tendencies, and Pestilence, who councils her to find balance because, “Well, if everyone dies, I’d be out a job, wouldn’t I?” At the heart of this slim novel is a teen struggling with serious food issues, and the storytelling is both realistic and compassionate. If the metaphor of an anorexic as Famine is obvious, the writing is never preachy, and it allows an interesting exploration of both intensely personal food issues and global ones. This book has an excellent hook and is short enough to recommend to reluctant readers.–Caroline Tesauro, Radford Public Library, VA

Again, I want to thank everyone who’s been reading and reviewing HUNGER and spreading the word about the book. You all rock!