Jesse Speelman Photography

Author of The Charm Necklace and Running to Stand Still. Writer of stories about finding beauty in brokenness.

I am a storyteller. Adventurer. Partner. Coffee drinker. Magic believer. Rebel with a gypsy soul. INFJ. Swiftie for life. Lover of words and books, the woods and walks.

I have a tendency to ask more questions than there are answers for and think fiction (in any form) is the best place to learn about the world.

I have to believe that something beautiful and transformative will come out of the dark places of heartbreak and disappointment that we all go through. 

I believe you should always honor yourself—where you’ve been, where you’re at, and where you’re going. And that also means I believe in letting yourself be completely broken (as in, vulnerable and human). I also believe in love, the goodness in people, in light and in darkness, in truth, and that there are good things worth fighting for.

I have always had some vague sense that I wanted to become a novelist/writer/certifiably insane person. Ever since my dad bought me the first Harry Potter book back in elementary school I’ve been a huge reader. My dad is an avid fantasy reader and instilled in me a love of all things fantastical and magical through his love of reading, movies, and Saturday night Dungeons & Dragons games (Thanks, Dad!). My favorite D&D character that I developed was a ranger named Zahara. She had a hawk-friend, carried a scimitar, and could track. Basically, she was a badass. And now that I think of it, a pretty good match for Daryl on The Walking Dead.

My mom has also played a huge role in my love of reading. My mom reads a lot and from a myriad of genres. Mom encouraged my love of reading from an early age by always buying me new books from the Scholastic book catalog they sent home in elementary school and taking me to the library every other week during summer vacation (Thanks, Mom!).

My favorite quote (okay, one of my favorite quotes) is: “The world is indeed full of peril, and in it there are many dark places, but still there is much that is fair, and though in all lands love is now mingled with grief, it grows perhaps the greater.”
– J.R.R. Tolkien

When I’m not writing, I’m most likely reading, bingeing on Netflix, going to the movies with my husband, wandering, listening to music, at the beach, traveling, or walking my dog.

Born and bred in Detroit, I grew up reading Harry Potter, watching Gilmore Girls, listening (and dancing) to a lot of music, and wondering why people do what they do. After experimenting at several different colleges, I graduated from Wayne State University with my BA in Psychology in 2013. I live with my techie husband, our dog, cat, and bunny in Charleston, SC.

It’s always good to know you’re not alone in the world. If you think I’m your kind of person, reach out. Let’s chat about books, coffee, tattoos, Once Upon a Time, all things psychology, and the many mysteries of the universe – find me on Twitter, Instagram, Goodreads, or better yet, email me at [email protected]

Photography by Jesse Speelman Photography. Check him out, he’s awesome!