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Jessica Palmer

photo of Jessica PalmerThe daughter of a clown, of course, Jessica Palmer would become a nurse who specialised in psychiatric nursing. Later she returned to school to get a degree in psychological counselling. Deciding that wasn't quite crazy enough, she began writing professionally in 1978, when she wrote a thirteen part-television series on alcoholism, after years of copious field research.

As a journalist, she has written for United Press International, Associated Press, and numerous other publications and journals. She has ten textbooks in the area of engineering technology to her credit--specifically explosives and radiation, which makes her a danger to herself and others.

Consequently she has been confined to writing fiction--as an exercise in damage limitation. In the US, Palmer has had four adult horror novels published. In the UK, she writes primarily fantasy and science fiction, with some six books currently on the market. Including textbooks and foreign translations, her works have appeared in nearly every country of the world. Her short stories have appeared in magazines and anthologies on both sides of the Atlantic.

After the publication of her most recent book Animal Wisdom Palmer started a nonprofit organization and wildlife rehabilitation center. Since its inception, she has taken care of over 200 animals, including hawks, owls, squirrels and deer. (Animal Wisdom is published by Thorson Books under the name of Jessica Dawn Palmer to differentiate it from her fiction).

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