I’m Hannah. I’m a writer, reader, and editor who loves all of the above plus dogs, Earl Grey tea, dark chocolate, museums, summer, and ghost stories. Seriously, I visit A LOT of museums and I’m that person who has to read everything and touch everything before I leave an exhibit. Except for the security guards. They don’t really look kindly on that.
According to Pottermore, I’m a Slytherin, and I’m learning to deal with that. I’m starting to realize that not all Slytherins are evil and some are actually kind of awesome. Besides, green’s my favorite color.
I’m a YA/MG writer who loves writing stories with dark secrets, untold histories, stubborn characters, and the occasional spark of real magic.
My first book, Byberry State Hospital, (Arcadia Publishing, 2013) is a non-fiction pictorial history about the abandoned state mental hospital located in the outskirts of Philadelphia that I grew up near. I used to pass it every Saturday morning on my way to my roller skating lessons (thanks to which I can skate forwards, backwards, in circles, and with minimum injury or embarrassing falls). I used to ask my parents a million questions about the hospital and now I finally know the answers.
I am currently working on a YA novel set in a fictionalized version of the hospital during a plague epidemic.
The Additional Facts:
My full name is Hannah Karena Jones. I grew up in the suburbs of Philadelphia in a pink and green house with a pink plaid kitchen ceiling and many other rainbow-worthy rooms. Every summer I was the water rat at the local swim club who would hold her breath underwater instead of obediently getting out during adult swim. When I wasn’t swimming, I was journaling in my neverending series of diaries (27 composition books and counting!), checking out the maximum amount of books from the public library, reading under the covers like it was my job, and attending various summer camps in a vain attempt to improve my non-existent athletic abilities. The school year was pretty much the same: Reading Olympics, swim team, marching band, chamber orchestra, writing bad poetry for the high school literary magazine. I moved to the only official town in Pennsylvania where I read a lot (about Joan of Arc), wrote a lot (about Joan of Arc), and slept little (thanks to Joan of Arc…noticing a theme here?), ultimately graduating from Bloomsburg University with dual degrees in Creative Writing and History and a minor in Professional Writing. After that, I hung out with some of the best book nerds I’ve ever met at the New York University Summer Publishing Institute.
I’m now what some people might refer to as a “grown up” with a “grown up job” (I’m an associate editor at Transaction Publishers) and I live in NJ with several rainbow-worthy rooms and a cat named Gizmo. I’m a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI).
Feel free to contact me with any questions about literary journals, literary agents, query letters, cover letters, publishing, or writing!
I also freelance edit: This includes developmental editing, line editing, and proofreading. A few of the books I’ve worked on in the past that have since been self-published include:
The Coffeeist Manifesto by Steven D. Ward; 3D Printing: The Next Technology Gold Rush by Christopher D. Winnan; From Now On by Louise Brooks; Super SAVERs to the Rescue by Sripriya Sundararaman Siva; and Magpie and The Wolf Effect by Mark W. Lyon.
If you have some writing that needs professional attention before being sent out to an agent, a publisher, or before you publish it yourself, feel free to contact me for a quote at: HannahKJones10@yahoo.com.