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Our Mentors

Jessica Bayliss
Jessica Bayliss is not mentoring this year, but has mentored Middle Grade
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Jessica Bayliss
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Jessica Bayliss, author of YA thriller, TEN AFTER CLOSING, and YA horror, BROKEN CHORDS, is a clinical psychologist by day and a writer all the time. She has been a lover of thrilling and spooky tales since her days scanning VHS rental shelves—admittedly with eyes half-averted from the gory covers. In the psychology world, she has more than twenty years of experience and training in the cognitive-behavioral model. She’s a psychotherapist, a teacher, and a researcher. A life-long lover of scary tales, she also loves to eat, cook, and exercise—in that order—and is a firm believer that coffee makes the world a better place.

Jessica is represented by Dr. Uwe Stender, Triada US Literary Agency. She is a member of SCBWI, ITW, HWA, and RWA. Her short fiction has been published in several anthologies and lit mags. She serves as a Senior Editor for Allegory Magazine.

Uwe Stender
Triada US Literary Agency

Other Published Works

BROKEN CHORDS (Sky Pony Press, October 2017)

Favorite Books

THE CHANGEOVER by Margaret Mahy
IT by Stephen King
EMMA IN THE NIGHT by Wendy Walker
DOLL BONES by Holly Black

Years Mentored
2017, 2018, 2019
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