About Jessica

Jessica Petersen is a children’s book editor at The Innovation Press, where she’s had the joy of working on everything from board books to middle grade novels, including the award-winning Zoey and Sassafras and Amazing Scientists series. Her own debut as a picture book author/illustrator, Old Tracks, New Tricks, was inspired by the adventures chronicled in her popular children’s activity blog, Play Trains! 

She lives in Seattle with her husband, son, and two ferocious kittens.

You can find her on Instagram (j_e_petersen and playtrains) and Twitter (@j_e_petersen), and she shares her thoughts on the writing craft and the writing life as a regular on the Your Writing Does Not Suck podcast.


Two Debut Interview: Jessica Petersen (5/4/17)
The inspiration behind the digital collage illustrations in Old Tracks, New Tricks, why I love writing dialogue, advice for writing your second book, what pen name I’d choose, the most fun job I’ve had (other than being an author/illustrator), and more fun facts.

Will Write for Cookies: Jessica Petersen (3/11/17)
Writing advice I wish I’d known when I started out, a picture book author/illustrator who inspired me during a visit to my elementary school, why I write for children, and the best chocolate cupcakes ever.

Picture Book Buzz: An Interview with Jessica Petersen (3/6/17)
The process (and challenges) of illustrating a picture book with photos, how and why I started writing for children,  my odd imaginary friend as a child, and more!