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Jessica McHugh is an author of speculative fiction spanning the genre from horror and alternate history to young adult. A member of the Horror Writers Association and a 2013 Pulp Ark nominee, she has devoted herself to novels, short stories, poetry, and playwriting. Jessica has had fourteen books published in five years, including the bestselling Rabbits in the Garden, The Sky: The World and the gritty coming-of-age thriller, PINS. More info on her speculations and publications can be found at JessicaMcHughBooks.com.


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Jessica McHugh The original inspiration for The Green Kangaroos came from my personal experience living with an addict in my family. It was a rough time all around…moreThe original inspiration for The Green Kangaroos came from my personal experience living with an addict in my family. It was a rough time all around dealing with this family member's lying, thievery, and all around dickishness to the people who loved and only wanted to help him. He was also the middle child, so we definitely had a copy of Judy Blume's "The One in the Middle is the Green Kangaroo" in the house growing up.

After doing some research, I discovered many middle children end up with emotional issues of some sort. Not all, of course, but enough that I thought it a relevant issue for discussion.

As I've had the basic idea for this novel in mind since 2007, the bizarro/sci-fi/futuristic element took me by surprise. I started outlining without a direction in mind, and it all just fell into place before NaNoWriMo 2012 started. Then I just let my mind go crazy during the month, and I was quite pleased with what poured out.

But it all started with an addict I knew and loved. And because I didn't want to punish him by writing this book, I decided I would play him (iow, write in 1st person POV). Of course Perry Samson is much, much worse than the inspiring family member, which I believe was due to my inner addict taking over. ;)(less)
Jessica McHugh As important as I think beta readers are, I also think I'm sometimes too impatient to wait for someone's opinion before I submit--though there have…moreAs important as I think beta readers are, I also think I'm sometimes too impatient to wait for someone's opinion before I submit--though there have been exceptions.

I have a "Darla Decker Diaries" beta reader who's invaluable. I really needed someone who'd be willing to read the entire series and be on the lookout for continuity problems. She really saved my ass when I was approaching my deadline on the last book.

I've had a few people read my short stories before submission, but it's a rarity. I usually only ask for a beta if the story is written in a format I'm not comfortable with yet. But I definitely use them a lot more than I used to. Beta readers rock!(less)
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2014 is the year of #AStoryAWeek. All you have to do is write a story a week. I know, I know,ALL you have to do--like it's not hard. It will be hard at times, but some weeks will be easier than others. Hell, just scroll down through thelisthere:http://mcnito.blogspot.com/p/a-story-week.html. It's not really that long. I actually copy/pasted way too many "weeks" and was pleasantly surprised at... Read more of this blog post »
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A brilliant novel with beautiful, haunting imagery. It jumped into my top 5 favorite books within one hour of the audiobook. I will definitely check out more of Eugenides' work, as well as Nick Landrum, who narrated this edition.
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“Sing a song of suspense in which the players die.
Four and twenty ravens in an Edgar Allan Pie.
When the pie was broken, the ravens couldn't sing.
Their throats had been sliced open by Stephen, the new King.
The King was in his writing house, stifling a laugh
While his queen was in a tizzy of her bloody Lovecraft.
When the dead maid got the garden for her rank as royal whore,
King's shovel made it double and he married nevermore.”
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“That twat is a few syrup pouches shy of a waffle. You shouldn't trust anything she says.”
Jessica McHugh, The Green Kangaroos

“My first step out of the Kum Den is like the cold slap of a bitch in heat. Reality is so beautiful when she's angry. I'd give up another chunk of thigh to fuck the fury out of her.”
Jessica McHugh, The Green Kangaroos

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“There are no more barriers to cross. All I have in common with the uncontrollable and the insane, the vicious and the evil, all the mayhem I have caused and my utter indifference toward it I have now surpassed. My pain is constant and sharp and I do not hope for a better world for anyone, in fact I want my pain to be inflicted on others. I want no one to escape, but even after admitting this there is no catharsis, my punishment continues to elude me and I gain no deeper knowledge of myself; no new knowledge can be extracted from my telling. This confession has meant nothing. ”
Bret Easton Ellis, American Psycho

“Sing a song of suspense in which the players die.
Four and twenty ravens in an Edgar Allan Pie.
When the pie was broken, the ravens couldn't sing.
Their throats had been sliced open by Stephen, the new King.
The King was in his writing house, stifling a laugh
While his queen was in a tizzy of her bloody Lovecraft.
When the dead maid got the garden for her rank as royal whore,
King's shovel made it double and he married nevermore.”
Jessica McHugh

“Start telling the stories that only you can tell, because there’ll always be better writers than you and there’ll always be smarter writers than you. There will always be people who are much better at doing this or doing that - but you are the only you.

Tarantino - you can criticize everything that Quentin does - but nobody writes Tarantino stuff like Tarantino. He is the best Tarantino writer there is, and that was actually the thing that people responded to - they’re going ‘this is an individual writing with his own point of view’.

There are better writers than me out there, there are smarter writers, there are people who can plot better - there are all those kinds of things, but there’s nobody who can write a Neil Gaiman story like I can.”
Neil Gaiman

“Ideas are like fish. If you want to catch little fish, you can stay in the shallow water. But if you want to catch the big fish, you’ve got to go deeper. Down deep, the fish are more powerful and more pure.They’re huge and abstract. And they’re very beautiful.”
David Lynch, Catching the Big Fish: Meditation, Consciousness, and Creativity

“For now she need not think of anybody. She could be herself, by herself. And that was what now she often felt the need of - to think; well not even to think. To be silent; to be alone. All the being and the doing, expansive, glittering, vocal, evaporated; and one shrunk, with a sense of solemnity, to being oneself, a wedge-shaped core of darkness, something invisible to others... and this self having shed its attachments was free for the strangest adventures.”
Virginia Woolf, To the Lighthouse

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Cedric Nye Jessica,
Thank you for accepting my Friend request! I see that I am number 333 on your Friends list..... Very cool! I hope you are having an excellent day.
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