Date a Girl Who Writes * Why Christians Should Write Grace Beneath the Line * Why Write?


Drops of Jupiter, Revisited * Valuing the Arts * Nine Names * Seeing Saturn * Rooster * Madam, Meet Adam * The Colors * Half-Mast * Brought to You by the Letter V * Her Life in Red * A Traitors’ Tea * We Need to Talk * Fightest * Yellow * Covered Up Our Names (winner of 2013 Katherine Paterson Prize)


The Call * Susan of Narnia * Which Education? * Gala at Death * What I Want to Say * On the Shore * Edmund * Invitation * Scenery Matters * Tall, Dark, and Handsome * Castle * Knit * Routine * Seven Friends * Untitled, for Lane * Strum * Foot in the Fire * Held * Power & Poetry * Timing * Afterward * Jeopardy * Royalty * The Professor * Wendy Darling * Carousel Horses * The Farmer in the Dell


My debut YA novel Truest was published by HarperCollins in fall 2015.
My WIP (Untitled) has an expected publication date of summer 2018.

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  3. Hi Jackie!
    First of all, I really like reading your blog and the novel you’re working on! I love reading fictional works or watching films in which the protagonist is an obsessive-compulsive. Even if I struggled with it in the past, for some reason I also find OCD fascinating.
    The link to Chapter 2 actually links to Chapter 1. Can you please fix it?

    Thanks in advance, and keep up the good work! 🙂


  4. This is fantastic! I’m so captivated by the story, and your fresh imagery is so inspiring. Can’t wait for next Sunday’s afternoon reading 🙂

  5. I think these four chapters are my favorites so far! Gripping, intensely beautiful, and stunning descriptions. Can’t wait for next Sunday!

  6. Jackie,
    I LOVE your Novel. Can’t wait to read the rest! I too struggle with OCD, much the same as you do…a Pure O. I would love to hear HOW your ERT went! I am finally seeking the proper care after suffering on and off for far too many years! Love that you are in a good place and able to put into words what stays trapped in our heads so that others can know what we suffer with.

  7. Jackie,
    I am loving the novel! I have OCD (a Pure O) and have suffered some of the same things you have. It has been helpful to read your blog and novel. I am curious how you tackeled the ERT concerning GOD as that has been an obsession for me as well. I can’t wait to read the rest of your novel, it is great that you are able to put into words what we keep in our heads, so that others can understand.
    Keep sharing, you have touched many!

    • Thank you, Laurie! I am so glad that you are enjoying it. It was my joy and my struggle to spend the last four years writing this story. I wrote it for people like us, so that pure-o’s can have a companion, feeling like someone gets it! I hope you’ll enjoy the rest!
      In Christ,

  8. Your novel is fantastic! I love your characters, your metaphors, and your writing. Please post more!
    P.S. Right now, chapters 9 and 10 both link to chapter 10.

  9. Just read the newest chapters. We are really getting deep into the story, wondering what is going on with Matt. Looking forward to seeing how Neely works through CBT….What about Gabe, what is going to happen with him! Great job with the characters, i feel like I know them and you have done a wonderful job keeping the story moving and flowing together. LOVE it!

  10. I love your story!!! All your characters are extremely likable. Right now, the last chapter is doubled in the link (it’s repeated in the document). Post more chapters soon! I can’t wait to read more. 🙂

  11. Just finished reading the latest chapters! You have done an amazing job with the characters and their interaction! Your honesty allows those without OCD to get some insight into what it is like to live with OCD.
    Looking forward to the next installment

  12. Jackie, I love your story! You make it really easy to sympathize with Neely, and I am looking forward to seeing what happens with Gabe. I read all the chapters as soon as you put them up every Sunday.

  13. Jackie Lea!! I was pitifully behind on my chapter reading and I read probably 2/3rds of it all in just TWO DAYS!! I could NOT stop reading!! I LOVE it! What an amazing, inspiring journey! I can’t wait to get a copy of it in my hands so I can read it all again!

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