Jessi Hammond


Jessi Hammond lives in regional Queensland and has been writing since she was in primary school. She likes writing stories that aren't quite what they seem...

Jessi also writes childrens' and YA fiction as Michelle Tatam.

She hopes to upload a new story every two months or so.

Where to find Jessi Hammond online

Where to buy in print


The Kingdom of Kaikara
Series: The Kingdom of Kaikara. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 60,620. Language: Australian English. Published: August 1, 2014. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » General
After he finds a dragon’s egg and accidentally hatches it, Orson is flung into a quest that he doesn’t know he’s on to find someone he doesn’t know he has to find in order to right a great wrong done by someone who didn’t really think about what he was doing. And along the way he finds out he’s not who he thinks he is and that he may be the last hope the Kingdom has against the invading Tarfori...
Drawing Blood
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 2,850. Language: Australian English. Published: August 1, 2014. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
Cara lives in a home where her mother’s alcohol-fuelled violence is a daily reality. One day, after a beating, she discovers that her drawing of three lorikeets is now a drawing of two. Where the third lorikeet had been is a spatter of blood, and there’s a live lorikeet loose in her room. Does she dare use her newfound talent to help herself or will she make things worse…?
The Kingdom's Heir
Series: The Kingdom of Kaikara, Book 8. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 13,260. Language: Australian English. Published: July 3, 2014. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
Having reached Kingstown, Orson plans to use Sotari’s spit to heal the injured King and the dying Prince Andar and let them deal with the Tarfori invasion. But things go wrong and Orson, Keerin and Faris have to fight for their lives. Who will claim the throne of Kaikara? One of the King’s heirs – or the Tarfori Princess Dayanara?
The Unicorn's Secret
Series: The Kingdom of Kaikara, Book 7. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 8,170. Language: Australian English. Published: June 1, 2014. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
With the Tarfori army secretly on the move toward Kingstown, Orson and his friends head that way too, gathering information for the resistance. But after they are attacked by a patrol of Tarfori soldiers, Orson learns the full extent of the Tarforis’ plans for Kaikara. But it is the secret he learns about himself that finally convinces him that the firebird’s prophecy is definitely about him.
The Mergirl's Lake
Series: The Kingdom of Kaikara, Book 6. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 8,930. Language: Australian English. Published: May 2, 2014. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
On their way to Lake Taroi, Orson and his friends find a badly-wounded man who says he has an urgent message for someone near the lake. Taking him there, Orson finds that the rumours of mer in the lake are true when he rescues a mergirl from a couple of local villagers. What he doesn’t expect to find, however, is a secret that will change his life forever.
The Haunting of Castle Bowland
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 5,040. Language: Australian English. Published: April 9, 2014. Category: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
To inherit a castle in Scotland from an uncle she never knew, Nori Graham must stay there for a week. Deadset easy for a tough bush girl from the Northern Territory, right? That’s what Nori thought. But that was before she met the bagpipe-playing ghost, not to mention the distant relatives who wanted the castle for their own…
Worlds Away
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 1,420. Language: Australian English. Published: February 2, 2014. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
Boyd and Jasmine had run away from an abusive home to live on the streets. Then one night Jasmine disappeared, leaving Boyd alone and sick and haunted by eerie music. Now, one year later, he can hear that music again, the notes sifting through the fog, and he is drawn to follow, hoping against hope he will find Jasmine again…
The Fish Tank
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 1,470. Language: Australian English. Published: February 2, 2014. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy
Mike didn’t mind the after-hours plumbing jobs; they paid the bills, and he met some interesting people. Especially the Harrises, with their huge salt-water fish tank full of sea horses. But there was something odd about that tank, not to mention the Harris girl with her sea horse charm and her handful of salt…
Mane Beach
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 3,240. Language: Australian English. Published: December 1, 2013. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
The Gold Coast, Australia. Home of sand, surf and… lions? Gavin’s heard the rumours of a lion loose on the Coast. But, pleasantly drunk from his buck’s night, he decides to walk home along the beach. Unfortunately his midnight stroll turns out a bit differently than he anticipated… This story contains mild coarse language.
The Unicorn Quilt
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 2,880. Language: Australian English. Published: December 1, 2013. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary
Years ago, Susan’s daughter disappeared. Susan blames herself – after all, she’s the one who made the quilt using the magical needle handed down from mother to daughter through the generations. Since that day, Susan has made hundreds of quilts, searching for the world where her daughter disappeared. Now, thirty years later, she thinks she’s found it…
The Giant's Sword
Series: The Kingdom of Kaikara, Book 5. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 8,010. Language: Australian English. Published: October 3, 2013. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » General
Princess Siriatre has gone into hiding, taking refuge in a hidden Giant village, she lives under an assumed name, making new friends, finding her true love – and uncovering an incredible secret. But the King’s Decree against Kaikara’s magical creatures eventually reaches the village, and the King’s Guards have been ordered to kill. Can Siri save her friends, or will her life be torn apart again?
Nowhere to Go
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 1,950. Language: Australian English. Published: July 31, 2013. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Sci-Fi & fantasy
The Rythig have come to Earth on a diplomatic mission. But there is one member of the mission the Earthlings don't know about. And this small Rythig's very big problem could cause an intergalactic incident...
The King's Daughter
Series: The Kingdom of Kaikara, Book 4. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 8,750. Language: Australian English. Published: June 1, 2013. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » General
King Bartol of Kaikara has negotiated a peace treaty with Kaikara’s one-time enemy, Tarfor, part of which involves the marriage of his son, Prince Gareth, to the Tarfori King’s daughter. Bartol’s daughter, Princess Siriatre, has serious doubts about the treaty – but will anyone listen to her before it's too late and Kaikara's magical creatures pay the price?
The Dryad's Forest
Series: The Kingdom of Kaikara, Book 3. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 7,940. Language: Australian English. Published: March 31, 2013. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » General
When Orson arrives in Woodside he discovers that the dryads who have lived in the forest for centuries are being killed by the new Provost as penalty for vandalising the town. A young dryad, Darwei, pleads for Orson’s help to save his people and clear them of the charges laid against them – and he is prepared to risk his own life to prove their innocence.
The Snowcat's Child
Series: The Kingdom of Kaikara, Book 2. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 6,040. Language: Australian English. Published: November 30, 2012. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » General
Orson overhears some interesting news about the shapeshifting snowcats in the Mountains. But when he and Sotari the dragon venture into the snow-covered heights, Orson witnesses the King’s Decree against the magical creatures in action – and its devastating and heartbreaking consequences.
Staring into Space
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 4,340. Language: Australian English. Published: November 1, 2012. Category: Fiction » Poetry » Contemporary Poetry
Odds and ends of poetry, from the stark reality of war and disability, to a child's inability to sleep through the night (true story!). In these pages are true things, sad things, joyful things and just plain silly and fantastic things. Enjoy!
The Ghost of Calliope Creek
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 5,530. Language: Australian English. Published: September 30, 2012. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
Linda and her two young children are escaping an abusive marriage. Jake is dealing with the death of his wife and daughter in the only way he knows how - by immersing himself in his job as a State Emergency Services volunteer. One night of flooding rains will bring them together at Calliope Creek. And a ghost will change all their lives forever.
A Vial Night
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 1,530. Language: Australian English. Published: August 4, 2012. Category: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
Long ago vampires inspired hatred and terror in mankind. But that was before the industrial age. Now, in a shrinking world, they live in close proximity to humans and have to deal with changing human attitudes and confusing technology - not to mention something even the humans dread...
The Dragon's Egg
Series: The Kingdom of Kaikara, Book 1. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 4,030. Language: Australian English. Published: June 4, 2012. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » General
The King of Kaikara has ordered that all magical creatures be destroyed. So when Orson discovers a dragon egg and accidentally hatches it, he has to keep little Sotari a secret from his wife and her horrible family. But Sotari proves to have a secret of her own, one that will change Orson's life forever.
The Cupboard
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 3,350. Language: Australian English. Published: April 3, 2012. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Family
(4.00 from 1 review)
Tommy and his mother are trapped within a cycle of violence, terrorised by Tommy's stepfather. To cope, Tommy escapes into a fantasy-world in his mind, where he is a Hero and fights against the cruel Villain. Until the day Tommy's two worlds collide and Tommy makes a choice that will change his life forever... (There is no overt violence in this story.)
Uncle Tom's Ashes
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 2,200. Language: Australian English. Published: December 17, 2011. Category: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
Uncle Tom’s wishes when he died were quite clear; he wanted to be cremated. ‘Burned in me box’ to use his exact words. It said so in his will. Trouble was, the will didn’t say what was to be done with his ashes. So, naturally, it turned into a family feud…
Nungwarra Dreaming
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 2,030. Language: Australian English. Published: December 12, 2011. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary
Ted Byrne is a born storyteller, and his tales of Nungwarra, the white crocodile spirit of Long Hole, in the Australian outback, have entertained many a tourist. But Ted is using the legend for his own less-than-honourable purposes, and legends have a way of biting back… This story was Highly commended in the Conflux 5 Short Story Competition, 2008
A Christmas Wish
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 2,250. Language: Australian English. Published: December 8, 2011. Category: Fiction » Holiday » Christmas
(3.50 from 2 reviews)
Mr Anderson had been working as Santa at the shopping centre for years. But this Christmas he's been asked to fulfil a young boy's very special wish, something much more important than the latest toy...

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