Jessica Freely

Jessica Freely

Jessica Freely is an award-winning author of queer science fiction and romance with over twenty years of combined experience writing, publishing and teaching genre fiction. Writing under the name Anne Harris, she has been a Nebula finalist with her short story, "Still Life with Boobs;" made the short list for the Sense of Gender Award for feminist science fiction in Japanese translation; and recieved the Spectrum Award for best LGBTQ Science Fiction novel. Since 2007 she has mentored graduate students in Seton Hill University's Writing Popular Fiction MFA program, where she also runs workshops and teaches novel structure and synopsis writing, among other subjects.



All the Colors of Love (as Jessica Freely)

     Harmony Ink Press, September 2013


The Book of the Night (As Pearl North)

     Tor Books, September 2012


Dharma Café (as Jessica Freely)

     Loose Id, January 2012


Broken (as Jessica Freely)

     Loose Id, September 2011


The Boy From Ilysies (as Pearl North)

Tor Books, 2010

• André Norton Award Finalist


Amaranth & Ash (as Jessica Freely)

Loose Id, June 2010


Libyrinth (as Pearl North)

     Tor Books, 2009


Inventing Memory (as Anne Harris)

Tor Books, 2004

• Booksense 76 pick

• James Tiptree Jr. Award long list

• Spectrum Award long list


Accidental Creatures (as Anne Harris)

Tor Books, 1998

• Winner of the first Spectrum Award in 1999


The Nature of Smoke (as Anne Harris)

Tor Books, 1996

• Japanese translation shortlisted for Sense of

Gender Award (Japanese Tiptree)

• Locus Recommended Reading List

Awards and Memberships

Spectrum Award for Accidental Creatures

SFWA member

RWA member

Rainbow Romance Writers RWA chapter member

Greater Detroit RWA chapter member

Related Experience

I have been an adjunct faculty member of Seton Hill University's Writing Popular Fiction program since 2007. In that time I have worked one-on-one with over 40 graduate students, helping them to complete their novels. I have taught numerous three-hour lectures on novel structure, synopsis writing, LGBTQ romance, and magic systems for fantasy novels. I've run over seventy critique worlkshops and I've conducted online courses in Classic Fantasy and Current Science Fiction. I am comfortable speaking in front of others and my classes consistently earn four out of four points in student ratings.

In 2013 and 2015 I conducted surveys of LGBTQ romance readers which garnered over 1,000 and 3,000 responses, respectively, providing one of the few quantified sources of information about LGBTQ romance reader's buying habits and demographics.

My first novel came out from Tor Books in 1996 and I have been publishing regularly ever since. I've written mainstream science fiction, young adult, LGBTQ romance, and erotic romance. In 2007, I branched out into the then-new digital publishing world and have been a first-hand participant-observer in the ebook revolution.

There's a saying that an expert is someone who's made every mistake possible in a given field of endeavor. I am an expert with a wide-range of experience, still writing, publishing, and teaching and I'm more excited than ever about helping others hone their craft and take advantage of the opportunities offered by today's complex and vibrant publishing marketplace.

Accessibility Needs

None in particular except that I'm quite short, so those big podiums don't usually work so well for me. If that's what you have, I'll probably just stand in front of it. If a mic is needed, it should be an adjustible one.

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