Jessica Stilling grew up in McHenry, IL, a town near Chicago. She has studied literature and creative writing at The New School and City College of the City University of New York. She has worked in publishing both as an editor and at a literary agency and she has had short fiction published in numerous literary journals. Jessica has taught at The New School, The Gotham Writer's Workshop, SUNY Old Westbury and The City University of New York. She currently lives in New York City.
The idea for Betwixt and Between came to Jessica through her children...
"The idea for Betwixt and Between came to me while I was playing with my two year old son. He had just discovered his shadow and as he was waving his hand around, playing with it, I told him, “You know I know a story about a boy who lost his shadow.” I then proceeded to tell him the story of Peter Pan, the lost boys and Neverland. As I was telling him this story the idea for this novel sort of fell into my head and I thought, 'What if the reason the lost boys never grow up is because they are no longer living.' And so the premise of this novel was born."
This novel explores one of the darkest times in a parents’ life, the almost unimaginable, death of a child, through this part realist and part fantastical story.