Jesse Teller

Biography

Jesse Teller fell in love with fantasy when he was five years old and played his first game of Dungeons & Dragons. The game gave him the ability to create stories and characters from a young age. He started consuming fantasy in every form and, by nine, was obsessed with the genre. As a young adult, he knew he wanted to make his life about fantasy. From exploring the relationship between man and woman, to studying the qualities of a leader or a tyrant, Jesse Teller uses his stories and settings to study real-world themes and issues.

He lives with his supportive wife, Rebekah, and his two inspiring children, Rayph and Tobin.

Smashwords Interview

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Milwaukee, WI, in a very poor neighborhood. We had a neighborhood gang and rival gangs in the area. I learned very quickly that there were things you did and wore, and things you didn't. I still remember the first time I learned a gang sign and how it made me feel. I felt as though I was a part of something. It made me feel safe, made me feel powerful. That mentality and culture influenced the work I do today. There are shades of violence in everything I write, a mythology to the places and people who live there that is very reminiscent of gang reputations and rumor. Back then, we knew all the members and heard the things they had done. We were proud of the gang that protected us. I look back on that now and see how terrible it was. Violence is not a thing to look up to, or in some cases worship, but the idea of a dark hero keeping the weak safe never left me.
When did you first start writing?
I started writing when I was in fifth grade, not sure of the age. I would do the math, but I'm no good at that. Writing was an idea I had never had before Mr. Olsen gave me my first assignment. Thought you needed permission to write a story before that—never imagined it was a thing I could just do. See, from the age of three, I was obsessed with stories. I used to pretend my stories were dreams so I had an excuse to tell them. I would say, "I had a dream last night. Wanna hear it?" then go on and on with a rolling story for half an hour. I think they knew dreams don't work like that, but they never said anything. Writing became a viable way of telling those stories.
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Where to find Jesse Teller online


Books

Hemlock
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 106,420. Language: English. Published: April 15, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Dark
The busiest pirate bay in Perilisc is newly infested with vampires. These monsters will soon overrun the world, but the Manhunters must try to stop them in secret. Agents of the king are hunting Rayph's vigilante crew. With one false step, they could all end up at a royal execution.
Song
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 92,090. Language: American English. Published: October 5, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Dark, Fiction » Fantasy » General
Some of the darkest minds in Perilisc attacked Mending Keep, releasing all its prisoners. Despite his strained relationship with the crown, Rayph Ivoryfist calls old friends to his aid in a subversive attempt to protect King Nardoc and thwart terrorist plots to ruin the Festival of Blossoms. But someone else is targeting Rayph, and even his fellow Manhunters might not be enough to save him.
Mestlven: Wrath of the Jeweled Lady
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 100,220. Language: English. Published: April 15, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Dark, Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
Meredith Mestlven was abused and betrayed by her nobleman husband. After a desperate fit of retaliation, she fled for her life and lost her sanity. Now nearly 20 years later, she returns to her home at Sorrow Watch to destroy her enemies and reclaim her jewels. How far will she go to satisfy her revenge? Dark, cunning and beautiful, Mestlven will win you
Chaste: Grasp of the Fevered Father
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 82,790. Language: English. Published: October 5, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Dark, Fiction » Horror » Occult
When her devout parents were killed, Cheryl abandoned her destiny as a priestess. Despite the unusual decrees of the new priest, an evil threat preys on the town. Tragic murders have become more frequent, when a few travelers stop for the night. Will they help Cheryl's village or destroy it? To fight back the infectious curse that plagues her home, she must finally face her brutal past.
Legends of Perilisc
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 52,050. Language: English. Published: July 10, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Dark, Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
This collection of short stories features myths and lore from Perilisc, a unique fantasy setting. Journey deeper into its history. Struggles of royalty, immortal love, unruly wizards, lost heroes, blistering vendettas and more, provide gripping insight into the scope of this realm.
Liefdom: Path of the Monstrous Prince
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 91,920. Language: English. Published: May 19, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Dark, Fiction » Adventure » Action
Liefdom is the story of Gentry Mandrake. Born with natural weapons in a race known for pacifism, he is cast out and hated for his differences. His violent nature makes him wonder at the purity of his soul, while the dark creatures he must face seem too great to defeat. Can he overcome such terrible foes to defend those he loves?

Jesse Teller's tag cloud

bounty hunters    demons    dragons    dragonsbane    dryads    fairies    grimdark    insanity    magic    murderess    paladins    pirates    priests    prince    revenge    sword    sword sorcery    swords    theives    vampires    wizard    wizards