Welcome!

I’m the author of two novels, The Infinity Pool, published in July 2015, and The Magic Carpet, published July 2019. I’m also an ex-teacher, a text book author and a translator, and mother of two very human adults. This blog is for jottings and ideas related to fiction I’m working on. It considers the work of others too, along with wider reading, writing and language related themes.

My first novel was inspired by quirks and details I noticed on holiday, but I’m a Londoner and the city pushes in everywhere, so my second novel is more urban. It’s turned London into the first city transport network with a magic carpet service. Here’s the cover:

Magic carpet ecover

July 2019 update: I took a blogging break to concentrate on my third novel. I’m back now, to announce publication of The Magic Carpet and will be blogging again but on a less regular basis than before. Meanwhile, four years in, there are posts to revisit about teaching reading and writing to all ages and abilities. That’s how I earned a living for thirty plus years, and I do think that what happens in childhood is what shapes – or impedes – the writing people do when they’re adults. Then there are the posts about leaving teaching – so long, folks, it was (mostly) great but I’m now a writer. Der Infinity-Pool is now out in German, The Magic Carpet has just launched, and my third novel is well underway, but still under wraps.

On this blog, you’ll find some reviews, of books and bookshops, a murder mystery, and a handful of the promised short stories, including one to celebrate my second blogiversary. Some travel writing has found its way on board, and I’ve posts on feminist writing and my heartfelt wish to remain in EuropeChristmas featured, along with World Book Day and one Easter I set you a quiz. But the general theme remains writing, writing, writing, planning my writing, writing courses, my characters and the double edged swords of genre and editing. All you the audience need do is click the links, read, comment, follow and enjoy! Or criticise, if you wish. Thank you so much for your attention.

(You could pass the time if you’re waiting at The Magic Carpet stop by jumping into The Infinity Pool here.)

Jessica Norrie

Contact me: 

Find me on facebook here

Twitter: @jessica_norrie

You can email me on jessica@jessicanorrie.com

You can buy The Infinity Pool here and Der Infinity-Pool here.

You can buy The Magic Carpet here

You can buy my Primary French textbook, Célébrons les Fêtes here.

Or simply comment on one of my blog posts!

©Jessica Norrie 2019

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