Jessica Therrien is the author of the young adult series Children of the Gods. Book one in the series, Oppression, became a Barnes & Noble best-seller shortly after its release. Her trilogy has been translated and sold through major publishers around the world, such as Editions AdA (Canada), EditionsMilan (France), Dunwich Edizioni (Italy), and SharpPoint Press (China).
Aside from her Children of the Gods series, Jessica is also the author of Carry Me Home, a contemporary YA novel, The Mercenary's Daughter (releasing March 31, 2020), and a kid’s picture book called, The Loneliest Whale. Her award-winning stories can also be found in a published anthology of flash fiction.
Jessica is not only an author, but the co-owner of Acorn Publishing, a hybrid publishing imprint that allows authors to keep their rights, profits and all creative control of their work. After her best-selling series was traditionally published, Jessica learned that the conventional methods of publishing aren’t for everyone. She got her rights back and started Acorn Publishing with her writing partner, Holly Kammier. Check out what makes Acorn Publishing different by clicking here!
On a more personal level…
Jessica spent most of her life in the small town of Chilcoot, California, high up in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. In this town of nearly 100 residents, with no streetlights or grocery stores, there was little to do but find ways to be creative. Her mother, the local English teacher, inspired her to do all things artistic, and ultimately instilled in her a love for language.
In 2003, Jessica attended California State University Long Beach where her passion for language found her studying Chinese, and in 2005 she moved to Taiwan to study abroad. From 2005 to 2006 Jessica was fully immersed in the Chinese language as she attended National Taiwan University, and in 2008 she graduated from San Diego State University magna cum laude.
Jessica currently lives in Irvine with her husband and three young children. She is working on another YA novel and a middle grade fantasy series.