|Jessica McHugh is an author of speculative fiction spanning the genre from horror and alternate history to epic fantasy. A prolific writer, she has devoted herself to novels, short stories, poetry, and playwriting. She has had sixteen books published in six years, including the bestselling "Rabbits in the Garden," her bizarro sci-fi novel, "The Green Kangaroos," and the first book in her edgy YA series, "Darla Decker Diaries."|
Born in 1982 and raised in Hampstead, MD, Jessica Brianne McHugh is the youngest of three children. Influenced by two brothers, she grew to love not only things silly and obscene but playful violence as well. Many years were spent in the pursuit of athletic success, winning many trophies and awards for her talents in soccer. But when the girliness started seeping in, she began simultaneously pursuing ballet, tap, jazz, and private dance troupes. The acting bug hit early as well and Jessica joined the prestigious FoolProof acting troupe of Carroll County as well as appeared in several plays including Little Shop of Horrors, the Sound of Music, Love's Labours Lost, and Into the Woods. She was also a member of the award-winning North Carroll Ensemble show choir and performed at places like Hershey Park and Carnagie Hall. Always an amateur writer, she really began dedicating herself to writing after High School, penning the beginning of her fantasy series "Tales of Dominhydor" at 19 years old. Although the first book "Maladrid" took several years to complete, the sequels "Yven" and "Palaplia" quickly followed along with the a great deal of other stories not related to the Dominhydor series.
"When it comes to writing, I have a forward-thinking mind and gimme-gimme heart. The combination results in a lot of stress and simultaneous projects that make me want to kick my own ass. And I do--with more projects. I think you have to be a bit sadomasochistic to get your stories down before reality eats them up."