Jessa Forest


Jessa Forest writes poetry and dark fiction. She is the author of two poetry chapbooks and The Slaughter Chronicles, a grimdark, Lovecraftian-esque paranormal fantasy about werewolves. Her stories question the definable borders of reality and indulge in the gritty, visceral aspects of contemporary fantasy. She was born in Arkansas, USA.

Smashwords Interview

What are you working on now?
Pulling Teeth and Other Stories is out now!

That means I am STILL hard at work writing Book One of The Slaughter Chronicles. New goals: get the manuscript done and to the editor no later than January 22, 2021.

Tentative publication: Spring/Summer 2021

I'm switching up my writing process for this series. I'm usually a discovery writer. Meaning, I love opening up a blank page and writing down whatever pops into my head. I've discovered, to my disappointment, that this is no way to write The Slaughter Chronicles. I've done a lot of brainstorming/worldbuilding and I have a broad, sweeping series outline but I never thought to outline the individual books. I didn't think I needed to outline the books.

Well, the words aren't coming and the story has stalled. So I'm going to try outlining in an attempt to get it finished.

I'm nervous and worried I'm not up to the task of writing this series, which is so terribly important to me and so dear to my heart. But I am determined, and, more importantly, I am spiteful. And I will get another book out to you, dear reader, next year.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I have many reasons.

1. I enjoy the traditional publishing route for short stories and individual poems. I love submitting my work to literary magazines and small presses.

2. I do not love querying agents, picking out excerpts, or writing book synopses hoping and agonizing over whether or not I included the right details that will convince someone else that my stories will make them money.

3. I want my stories to have entertainment value, not monetary value. I don’t want to be dismissed or promoted by a “big name” publisher just because someone in an office thinks I can make them money. While I’m getting worked up about why I dislike “the industry,” I want to say there are too many cases of publishers choosing for the public. The act of choosing represses valid voices and makes creativity elitest. Yes, we have to have content standards but that doesn’t mean we have to promote one trope over another or one type of story over another. Also, in the USA, the mainstream publishing world is very non-inclusive, I don’t want any part of that.

4. I love my editor. I found my editor by hapinstance through nanowrimo. I don’t want to work with a publisher who will assign an editor to me who I might not even like or get along with professionally. I have enough drama like that at my day job, I don’t need it in something I really love.

5. I’m not a control freak (not much anymore...maybe) but I do like making the decisions behind my book design, from interior formatting to the cover, I know exactly what’s going on. I love finding cover artists and graphic designers and managing the aesthetic of my content. I love managing my own website and social media (not that I’m on there that much...sorry guys). I’m not super keen on the business aspect of indie writing, I don’t like learning about marketing strategies but if those things are going to help get my book into your hands then I can deal with it.
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