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Jess Lourey

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Hi, folks! While I write across genres, there's one universal connecting all my books: secrets. I grew up in a house full of 'em, and I remain fascinated by the thoughts and actions we hide from the world.

My beginnings as an author were pretty grim, something I speak about in my TEDx Talk (https://youtu.be/a5vSLh3oPXI). I've come a long way since that first book, and I'm proud to call myself an Amazon Charts bestselling, Edgar, Agatha, and Lefty-nominated, Anthony-winning author of nonfiction, YA adventure, magical realism, and crime fiction. I also love to teach creative writing in international workshops.

I live in Minneapolis with a rotating batch of foster kittens (and occasional foster puppies, but man those goobers are a lot of work).
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Jess Lourey Thank you for your kind words about Unspeakable Things, Benjamin! My publisher, Thomas & Mercer, has an incredibly effective marketing team, and they …moreThank you for your kind words about Unspeakable Things, Benjamin! My publisher, Thomas & Mercer, has an incredibly effective marketing team, and they worked hard to get Unspeakable Things in front of readers. They also have an amazing editing team, which meant that the book was the best it could be once it got in reader's hands. Honestly, though? I think part of it is luck/timing. Unspeakable Things is my 19th book, so for sure not my first rodeo, but I think it landed at a time people were particularly interested in true crime, nostalgia, and healing childhood wounds.(less)
Jess Lourey I'm glad you enjoyed the Lilydale mysteries, C.E. They were both inspired by true crimes in my hometown of Paynesville, Minnesota, and I have no plans…moreI'm glad you enjoyed the Lilydale mysteries, C.E. They were both inspired by true crimes in my hometown of Paynesville, Minnesota, and I have no plans to write another set there, but that may change. Characters from Unspeakable Things and Bloodline may show up in future books, though, and Litani, which comes out in a couple weeks, explores similar themes and Minnesota true crimes.(less)
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The bar has gone quiet but for the haunting strains of “Ode to Billie Joe” drifting out of the jukebox.
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I knew him from one of my dad’s parties, knew him better than I wanted to.
This sentence disturbs me, and it should disturb readers. It’s from my own childhood; my dad fancied himself a swinger and—with my mom’s help—hosted awful parties when I was growing up. I was expected to see respectable adults do terrible things at night and act the next day like it hadn’t happened. I gave voice to a lot of that fear and childhood instability in writing UNSPEAKABLE THINGS.
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" Thank you, Otis and Vicky, for your kind words. Paula, I'm sorry that my publisher has not made it available on Kobo, only Kindle. You can download a ...more "
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AUTHOR’S NOTE
Thank you to everyone who has voted for this book of my heart in the mystery/thriller category of the 2020 Goodreads Choice Awards! While I published eighteen books before UNSPEAKABLE THINGS, UT is the story that made me become a writer. That’s because it’s my story, a fictionalized version of what it was like growing up in a home as well as a community where the unspeakable happened and where so many looked away. Being silenced for much of my childhood built up this desperation to be heard, and I think led to writing novels. I’m thankful to everyone who’s read UNSPEAKABLE THINGSand grateful ...more
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ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
I mentioned earlier that the UNSPEAKABLE THINGSepilogue (http://jessicalourey.com/survey-two) never made it into the published book. I didn’t say why. The epilogue was part of the original manuscript, went through the editing process, and was all formatted and queued up, but I asked for it to be pulled at the last minute. My editor, Jessica Tribble, is amazing for many reasons (she responds to emails quick like silver, she’s got a great eye for story, her editing guidance turns an okay book into a bestseller, her food photos are incredible, she’s created the prettiest baby in the world, etc. ...more
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“And once I opened up all that real estate where before I’d been holding anger and regret, I found a lot of things were simpler than I’d made them.”
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“He watched a lot of TV. I guess many people did. Maybe like him, they preferred their lives delivered to them in a box.”
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“The trick of life,” she said, “is that you can’t hold the pain for too long. The magic, either.”
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