Jessica Berkery (nee Patient) used to write stories when she was younger in refillable notepads with illustrations of ponies with thin bodies and fat legs. Then she decided that being a friendship bracelet shop owner sounded exciting. But she knew she wouldn’t be able to handle customers and she didn’t really want to own a shop so she went back to the writing.
She was a Bookseller before being carted off to university to study Creative Writing at Roehampton University and then Professional Writing at London Metropolitan University.
Jessica’s short stories have appeared at 3:AM Magazine, The Beat, Metazen, The View from Here Magazine and many other places. (These can be viewed in the 'Published Pieces' page). In 2008 she won the WorldSkills Gold Award for her short story, Jasper’s Betrayal. Extracts were exhibited at the IMAX in London.
Jessica has also been a Book Reviewer for The View From Here Magazine.
Jessica lives in Bedfordshire, England with her husband, Kieran and his Jaguar XJ40.