Jessica Rachel Mullaney


Mark Twain once wrote, "Truth is stranger than fiction, but it is because fiction is obliged to stick to possibilities; truth isn't." He was so, so right. Much of the fiction that I write, especially the most shockingly unbelievable parts, is sadly non-fictional. And, while I can't claim to be in the same muckraker league as Upton Sinclair, I aspire to be.

Why? How about these three quotes:

Edmund Burke -- "The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing."

Confucius -- "To see what is right and not to do it is want of courage, or of principle."

Noel Coward -- "It is discouraging how many people are shocked by honesty and how few by deceit."

Yeah, I admit that I have a bit of anti-establishmentarianism in me despite my conservative nature and my wish to remain in quiet anonymity.

As for my writing career, I've written a lot of public domain documents, so I can convey information/a story. But, writing fiction truly was a life's goal, #10 on my bucket list in fact.

I began writing the first novel in A Hollywood Legend Trilogy in 2009 as a cathartic release of sorts. Four years later, and two more books and numerous revisions, I am finally publishing the series. Yippee!

It is going to be tough to leave behind the characters from this series, as I have grown very attached to them. But a new chapter of my life is now beginning, which involves tackling some seriously inexcusable injustices in our country today along with a lot of unpaid volunteerism. But, it will be a labor of love.

I hope that I can depend on the readership of the Smashwords community to support my vision through the purchase of my books, as 50-100% of the royalties from A Hollywood Legend (depending on which book) are donated to charities supporting the less fortunate.

And, my future novels (two already in the works) will likewise earmark 50% at least to charity. And, I challenge my fellow indie authors to consider doing the same. Double your price and give half away to charity ... simple as that.

Great fiction mimics the truth in ways that make us question our ideologies and reach beyond ourselves. Writing this series of books has changed my life. As a reader of the Hollywood Legend Trilogy, I hope you experience the same.

See you in the trenches ...

Jessica Rachel Mullaney

Smashwords Interview

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I was a military brat and I grew up everywhere, which probably made me want to put down roots so that my son could grow up in one location. Don't get me wrong. I don't think that moving from place to place was all that bad. But, I never had those old childhood friends or memories of community that other children had. Consequently, when I finally had a child, I wanted to provide him with the childhood that I never had, including living in a single location until he was grown.

I also think that one of the most profound influences on my childhood was the opportunity to spend my summers with my maternal grandparents. They lived on a farm in Mississippi, and they taught me a lot, including how to make the best ice cream sundae known to the human race. I also was introduced to Louis L'Amour dime store western novels, which influenced my love for reading. I have complete set of his books even today. For some reason, that old timey sense of right and wrong, when a man's integrity meant something, really impressed me. My favorite quote, "You can never stop a man who knows he's a right and just keeps a comin'," whip crack sound effect goes here.
When did you first start writing?
I've been writing all my life. I've composed poems, songs and short stories. None have yet been published although I do have some videos on YouTube with me singing. I don't sing all that well and I don't play the guitar all that well. But, I will claim to be a pretty decent lyricist, and consequently, my songs are poignant and/or funny and/or socially provocative. Someday, I hope to record some of my songs ... I have one named "Jesus Wept" about hypocrisy and one named "No Way Out" about domestic violence, which is pretty moving. I also converted Robert Frosts, " The Road Not Taken" to tune. It's awesome but I don't own the copyright so I could never record it.
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Where to find Jessica Rachel Mullaney online


A Hollywood Legend ... Hero
Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 65,820. Language: English. Published: November 21, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller, Fiction » Romance » Suspense
(5.00 from 1 review)
Buy charitably: 100% of royalties from sales till 2/14/14 go to charity and 50% thereafter. Synopsis: Upon release from jail, the author of A Hollywood Legend…Stalker, infamous for allegedly dismembering her husband & child, then casting their remains in a Seabrook Island, marsh, flees her life as a pariah in her hometown to embrace anonymity in LA, where bad luck follows, coincidentally...or not?

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Smashwords book reviews by Jessica Rachel Mullaney

  • The Island - The Final Chapters on June 04, 2014

    Michael Stark really knows how to write a book. However, of the series, this book was my least favorite. Too many new characters and plots introduced too near the end, and too many old characters lost without fanfare, thus resulting in 4 of 5 stars. Still, I will continue to read this series and follow Michael Stark because the man knows how to tell a tale.
  • The Island - Part 1 on June 04, 2014

    Great read. This was very insightful into the thought process behind grieving for one's beloved parent and the regrets and guilt for one's failure to make the most out of a parent's remaining time, all rolled into an apocalyptic nightmare.
  • The Island - Part 2 on June 04, 2014

    OK. Apparently James Jenkins isn't a fan. But, ignore him because he seems like a major dolt. The second book was a bridge to the next book. You learn more about the characters and the plot ... second sight and demons ... fun stuff for late night reading. Honestly Jenkins, the book was free, it had a great plot, the character development was fantastic and there were no typos (that I found). One star???? Dolt!!!
  • The Island - Part 3 on June 04, 2014

    Enjoyed Book 3 a lot. Gabriel was an awesome character. Loved the willingness of the characters to make sacrifices, big and small, and the recognition that not everyone is willing to sacrifice. You gave us good vs. evil and the power of religious relics ... what more could an apocalyptic tale contain.
  • The Island - Part 4 on June 04, 2014

    The 99 cents is killing me. Just kidding. Raise your price ... you're worth it.