Jessica Andersen

Me in five hundred words or less. . . 


When I finished grad school with a PhD in Genetics, a Patent Agent's registration from the U.S. Patent and Trade Office and a finished (albeit deeply flawed) romantic suspense manuscript, I realized something kinda scary. . . I didn't want to work in a big Boston law firm, a genetics lab or a pharma company.  I wanted to write romantic thrillers for a living.


Thankfully, my fiance, Brian, supported the idea (phew!).  He even petitioned his company for domestic partners' health insurance so I could leave the lab to write full time, while working as a scientific editor to keep some $$ coming in.  


I started writing seriously in 1998 and got The Call from Harlequin Intrigue in the spring of 2002.  Dr. Bodyguard came out in the fall of 2003, and since then I've written more than a dozen Intrigues that've been translated into a variety of languages and have sold over a million copies in total.  I've been nominated for a Romantic Times Reviewer's Choice Award and two RITA awards, and hit the Waldenbooks bestseller list.


These days, I'm working on several Intrigues as well as a dark paranormal series set in the final four years before December 21, 2012, the day the ancient Maya predicted the world would end.  Check back for info on the first of the NIGHTSEEKER books, CARNAL PROPHECY, which is scheduled for release in June 2008 as a lead title for Signet Eclipse!