Pretty Odd Fiction
The poems in this collection were written between 1994 and 2000, the first poem inspired by an event that was the catalyst for my long, sometimes ugly, but necessary journey away from counterfeit gods to the one true God of the universe. They are in rough chronological order, although some have been shifted forward or backward for thematic purposes—a reminder that healing and growth are not always linear; however, when we choose to earnestly follow Jesus, we can be assured that, over the course of a lifetime, our trend will always be forward and up.
Jessica E. Thomas became fascinated with the somewhat strange and slightly askew at an early age while watching television shows like The Twilight Zone and Tales from the Darkside, and while reading literature such as Shel Silverstein’s Where the Sidewalk Ends.
She wrote her first poetry book at age eight and continued writing poetry throughout her tweens and teens, convinced it would prepare her to write the Great American Novel. In her early twenties, with English degree in hand, she entered the real world where the job of spinning a dull yarn was surprisingly underappreciated as well as undercompensated.
Determined to eat, she entered the professional world of Marketing in 1997 and later transitioned to Information Technology. Since 2001, she has worked in the pharmaceutical, student loan, and defense financing industries as a computer programmer, systems analyst, Web developer, and technical writer. Despite spending most of her time talking to computers, she continues to write for human audiences as well.