I was born Jessica Margaret McLean on 17th July 1988. I live in the UK and I'm studying an M.A in Creative Writing while teaching Drama and English. Writing has always been a hobby of mine and I have written an assortment of plays and novels over the years. I hope you enjoy reading them.
I was about 11 when I wrote my first novel, it was meant to be a trilogy, I only finished book one though but my English teacher was quite impressed with it.
I was 14 when I wrote my first play that was performed on my school stage, it was directed by one of the students in 6th form and I acted in it and also helped direct it.
Although I took the performing arts track as I grew up I’ve always continued to write both novels and plays, though my theatrical training has made it easier to write plays and dialogue than big block texts in novels.
J.M.McLean in 60 seconds
When did you start writing?1999 Scotland
What do you love about short stories?They get straight to the point and straight into the action.
Do you write in other forms?Novels and plays
What distracts you from writing?Need for employment.
Outside of writing, what are your other passions?Acting, Directing
What is your favourite book?Wicked
Who are your favourite writers?Jane Austen, Shakespeare and Oscar Wilde
Where is your dream location?New York or L.A
What one item would you put into Room 101?Inaccuracy in Historical Pieces
Do you have any advice for new writers?Research thoroughly everything you want to write about.
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