News + Events



Joseph-Beth Booksellers (Book Launch! / Signing!)
Rookwood Pavilion, Cincinnati, OH

March 28, 2017, 7 p.m.

Penguin Bookshop (Pittsburgh Launch / Signing)
Sewickley, PA

April 6, 2017, 6 p.m.

Sheraton Columbus Hotel at Capitol Square, Columbus, OH

April 8, 2017

Colorado Springs, CO

May 5-6, 2017

May 10, 2017, 6 p.m.

Erlanger, KY

May 16, 2017, 7 p.m.

Antioch Writers’ Workshop LitSalon (Featured Author)

Fundraiser Hosted at a Private Home in Dayton, OH — Details TBA
Q&A, followed by book signing

May 21, 2017, 4-7 p.m. (light bites & beverages will be served)

Green Tree Public Library (Joint Event With Author Rebecca Drake)

Pittsburgh, PA

June 29, 2017, 7 p.m. (discussion of my Almost Missed You, Rebecca’s Only Ever You and the domestic suspense trend, followed by Q&A and book signing)

Oakmont, PA

July 1, 2017, 10:30 a.m. (coffee & pastries, discussion, Q&A and a book signing)

Antioch Writers’ Workshop (Instructor)

Yellow Springs, OH

July 8, 2017 (daytime workshop + evening faculty signing)

Midwest Writers Workshop (Speaker / Panelist)
Ball State University, Muncie, IN

July 20-22, 2017

Main Campus, 800 Vine St., Cincinnati, OH

August 1, 2017, 7 p.m.

Florence Freedom Better in a Book Night (Celebration of Local Authors at the Ballpark)
UC Health Stadium, Florence, KY

August 4, 2017, 7 p.m.
(free with admission to the game; books available for sale/signing)

Carnegie Center for Literacy & Learning, Lexington, KY

August 10, 2017, 5:30-7:15 p.m.
Info / Registration ($30 Fee)

Writer’s Digest Conference (Speaker / Sponsor Staff / Panelist)
New York Hilton Midtown, NY, NY
August 18-20, 2017
Duke Energy Convention Center, Cincinnati, OH

October 28, 2017, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Alltech Arena at the Kentucky Horse Park, Lexington, KY
November 18, 2017, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Looking for a speaker or panelist who offers a seasoned editor’s expertise as well as a writer’s perspective? Contact me!



“Joy on Paper” Syndicated Radio
Tune in for a live interview broadcast Thursday, June 8, 11 a.m. EST.

Littsburgh: 5 Questions With Jessica Strawser
Interview with the fine literary folks in my hometown of Pittsburgh, plus an excerpt of Almost Missed You.

’17 Scribes Interview With Jessica Strawser
A release day Q&A discussing Almost Missed You.

Around Cincinnati, WVXU (91.7 FM, Cincinnati)
Stream audio of my March 26 interview on my local NPR affiliate.

Tall Poppy Writers: Meet Jessica Strawser
On my favorite books, the perks of the writing gig, and happiness.

The DIYMFA Podcast, Episode 140
Host Gabriela Pereira steers this in-depth interview in which I delve into writing multiple POV suspense, building complicated characters, and more.

Kimmery Martin’s Book Blog
A book review and author interview, all rolled into one.

Wednesdays With Writers
Writer Leslie Lindsay reviews Almost Missed You and asks me all about soul mates, my best advice from my years at Writer’s Digest, and more.

The Sharing Your Book Blog: For Book Lovers, by Authors
A Q&A about Almost Missed You courtesy of fellow author Jill Hannah Anderson.

Alaska Radio: On Top of the World 
A discussion with host Chris Story (and possibly the closest I will ever get to setting foot in Alaska!).

Listen to me talk writing with bestselling author-host Steven James on “The Story Blender” via Suspense Radio (original air date: Feb. 12, 2016)

Get freelance writing tips from my guest spot on “Literary Speaking” (with host Crystal-Lee Quibell’s) via Blogtalk Radio, also available on iTunes (original air date: March 1, 2016)

On Reading With Robin, PopSugar‘s Brenda Janowitz discusses her best spring fiction picks, including Almost Missed You.


Erma Bombeck Writers’ Workshop (Sponsor Representative)
University of Dayton, Ohio, March 31 – April 2, 2016

5th Annual Books-in-Progress Conference (Featured Speaker)
Carnegie Center, Lexington, Kentucky, June 3, 2016

Writer’s Digest Conference (Featured Speaker)
New York Hilton Midtown, August 12 – 14, 2016