Jess completed her first degree in Literature with The Open University, and has since taught creative writing and gained a PhD in Creative Writing Studies. She has also worked as a support worker specialising in acquired brain injury.
Jess was brought up in London as part of a large family from Mayo, and plans to settle somewhere in Ireland in the next few years. Until then, she lives in London with her daughter.
Jess’ debut novel, Himself, was published by Canongate in October 2016. The Hoarder (Mr Flood’s Last Resort in US), her second novel, hit the shelves in February 2018. Jess is finishing her third novel, Things in Jars (due April 2019), and writing a children’s story. She is currently developing her own original TV projects with leading U.K. and international TV producers.