"Jessica Lost Her Wobble" is psychological in nature. At mid-life, Jessie, the main character, after many upsets, moves to an island for contemplation of her life and to make a new start. While there she reflects back on her beginnings in the early 20th century in England, her move to New York City and marriage at a young age while making friends with a girl half her age. This friendship opens up a new world for her and helps her explore her own soul. Jessie becomes a part of the island, otherwise known as a local as she re-invents her life there and finds love. But all is not as it seems. This is J. Schlenker's first novel, written during National Novel Writing Month. It was a finalist in the 2014 William Faulkner - William Wisdom Creative Writing Competition.
We live in the middle of nowhere, surrounded by wooded areas and nature. It is my personal writing retreat. In the summer I usually write out back on our deck. I hear the waterfall and birds as I write. This is our fish pond.
There was a lot of rock hauling from our woods and brute physical strength involved in making this idyllic paradise.
J. Schlenker, a late blooming author, lives with her husband out in the splendid center of nowhere in the foothills of Appalachia where the only thing to disturb her writing is croaking frogs and the occasional sounds of hay being cut in the fields. Her first novel, Jessica Lost Her Wobble, published in December 2015, was selected as a finalist in the William Faulkner - William Wisdom Creative Writing Competition and was awarded five stars from Readers' Favorite. The Color of Cold and Ice is her second novel. One of her short stories, The Missing Butler, received honorable mention in the first round of the NYC Competition, and is the lead story of The Missing Butler and Other Life Mysteries (A Collection of Short Stories), which also earned five stars with Readers' Favorites. Upcoming Works are: Sally and The Innkeeper on the Edge of Paris.