Jessica Strawser inks deal with Lake Union for two new novels:
Read the scoop in Publishers Weekly. More soon on The Last Caretaker, coming November 2023.

The Next Thing You Know is new-in-paperback (March 2023)!

Buzz for A Million Reasons Why (now available!):

Jessica Strawser recently completed a distinguished term as 2019 Writer-in-Residence for the Library Foundation of Cincinnati and Hamilton County. Many of her offerings for readers and fellow writers through the program are still accessible online—including the “Inside the Writer’s Head” podcast, online articles, and more.

Forget You Know Me is NEW IN PAPERBACK (3/3/2020, with a bonus discussion guide inside)!

Not That I Could Tell is NOW AVAILABLE in a special Reading Group Gold paperback edition! (Jan. 8, 2019)

Buzz for Almost Missed You (now in paperback):


Events are regularly added; please see the Events + Workshops page.


OHIO Alumna Named 2019 Writer-in-Residence by Public Library of Cincinnati & Hamilton County
Via my alma mater, the Scripps College of Communication at Ohio University

Public Display of Imagination
A podcast “adventure” delving into Forget You Know Me.

WVXU “Around Cincinnati” Interview With Barbara Gray (2019)
On Forget You Know Me & being named the library’s 2019 Writer-in-Residence

Soapbox Cincinnati: Starring Cincinnati
A roundup of locally set novels and the people who wrote them.

WeGrowMedia: Dabblers vs. Doers
A podcast where the name says it all. (November 2018)

Now Appalachia
Regional podcast interview. (October 2018)

Writer’s Digest: Jessica Strawser Discusses the Journey From Editor to Author & Her New Book, Not That I Could Tell
An in-depth interview with the magazine I led for nearly a decade.

WVXU “Around Cincinnati” Interview With Barbara Gray (2018)
Stream our discussion about the interplay between the characters in Not That I Could Tell, and the inspiration behind them.

WYSO “Book Nook”
A chat with host Vick Mickunas via Yellow Springs, where Not That I Could Tell is set.

“3 Ways to Use ‘Accidental Research’ to Write More Authentic Fiction
Part essay, part how-to, this guest post on Women Writers, Women’s Books discusses the experiences that influenced Not That I Could Tell and offers advice for fellow scribes.

Cover to Cover: A Streaming Radio Discussion of Not That I Could Tell
With gratitude to emcee Mark Dewitt for hosting me.

30 Seconds of Writing Advice, Live with Jessica Strawser, via Writer’s Digest
A lightning round video from my writing room.

The Debutante Ball Interview
With The Queen of Hearts author Kimmery Martin on influences, favorite characters, and basing fiction on real people (or not).

The National Book Review: Jessica Strawser on Her Dazzling Debut
Feature interview with John Valeri.

Literary Mama Profile
“Jessica Strawser works literary magic from two distinct angles …”

Ohio Magazine: “3 Questions With Author Jessica Strawser”
On setting books in my home state, and more.

Cincinnati Public Library “Inside the Writer’s Head” Podcast
A look inside my writing life hosted by the library’s 2017 writer-in-residence, Kurt Dinan.

Interview with YouTube Host Tim Knox
On my new role as Writer’s Digest editor-at-large, fiction writing influences, and more.

Video Chat via Must Read Fiction
Discussing both novels and more.

Video Chat on the “Writing Fun” YouTube Channel
In real time from my writing room.

Featured in 2 Elizabeths: A Literary Magazine With a Heart for Community
On the continued influence of Writer’s Digest on my writing life, and much more.

“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!).

Women and Adversity
A Q&A as part of this ongoing blog series.

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.