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Jessica Khoury

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Jessica Khoury wrote her first book at age 4, a fan fic sequel to Syd Hoff's Danny and the Dinosaur, which she scribbled on notebook paper, stapled together, and placed on the bookshelf of her preschool classroom. Since that day, she's dreamed of being an author.

When not writing, Jess enjoys spending time with family, playing video games, and oil and watercolor painting. She is also a professional mapmaker, and spends far too much time scribbling tiny trees and mountains for fictional worlds.

Jess currently lives in Greenville, South Carolina. She is the author of the Corpus trilogy, The Forbidden Wish, Last of Her Name, and The Mystwick School of Musicraft.
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Jessica Khoury Read as much as you can, in as many genres as you can. Read insatiably. Read ingredients on your food. Read warning labels on heavy machinery. Read th…moreRead as much as you can, in as many genres as you can. Read insatiably. Read ingredients on your food. Read warning labels on heavy machinery. Read the newspaper, read magazines, read manga--anything goes! The best way to learn to write is by reading and imitating other writers. I learned by imitating Brian Jacques and T. A. Barron when I was in middle school. Read and write a little every day, and eventually you'll discover your own unique voice.(less)
Jessica Khoury Hi Emma! I'm so happy to hear you liked Origin! Perhaps you'd like the companion novel, Vitro, which is set in the same world and deals with another C…moreHi Emma! I'm so happy to hear you liked Origin! Perhaps you'd like the companion novel, Vitro, which is set in the same world and deals with another Corpus experiment--this time on a secret island in the South Pacific. The third "Corpus" book is called Kalahari, and it will be out next February.

If you would like to read other sci-fi books similar to Origin, here are some of my recommendations: The House of the Scorpion by Nancy Farmer, Unremembered by Jessica Brody, Control by Lydia Kang, and The Adoration of Jenna Fox by Mary Pearson.(less)
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YASH Fall 2016

HELLO HUNTERS!

I am Jessica Khoury, author of the Corpus trilogy (Origin, Vitro, and Kalahari
and recent Aladdin retelling,  The Forbidden Wish .

I'm your host on this YASH stop! WELCOME! 

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YOU: What's the YA Scavenger Hunt and why are people losing their minds over it like flamingos at a shrimp shack?
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“And what do you know of love?"
"That it must be a choice."
"Oh, my naive thief. " I pause briefly to meet his gaze. "Love is rarely a choice.”
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“As the poets say, stories are truth told through lies.”
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“The things that were once sweet to me are now bitter. The sun is not half so bright. The stars seem dimmer. All this wealth and luxury feels meaningless. All the world is in your shadow, Zahra. I cannot help but see you when I close my eyes.”
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Eugenia (Genie In A Book) Hi Jessica,

Thank you so much for accepting my friend request :)
Looking forward to reading and discovering more of your work,

Genie


Ms. MiLo Thanks for the add Jessica, looking forward to reading your book :)


message 4: by A.M.

A.M. Supinger I can't wait for Origin to come out! Your cover art is beautiful :)


Patricia Puddle Nice to meet you, Jessica.


message 2: by J.

J. Bralick Thank you for the add! :) I'm intrigued by Origin -- I'll have to check it out!


message 1: by Martin (last edited Nov 07, 2011 06:06PM)

Martin Palander Hi Jess thank you for adding me to your friend list, feel free to drop by and leave me a measage anytime you want!


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