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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Jessica Null Vealitzek  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction

Born: 1976 in Arlington Heights, Illinois

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Illinois Connection

I was born and raised in Arlington Heights and attended Lake Forest College, then went on to graduate school at Roosevelt University. My debut novel is mostly set in fictional Ackerman, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

I grew up in the Midwest, in a middle-class Chicago suburb, the middle child of a C.P.A. with the heart of a literature professor and a homemaker with the mind of an entrepreneur. My family told stories around the dinner table. I listened.After college (in the Midwest), and a move to another city (in the Midwest), I wrote for money, first as an exhibit writer and then as a political communications director. Then I moved back to my hometown, had children, and finally did what I'd always wanted to do: sit in a room and write for free.My debut novel, The Rooms Are Filled, was published in the spring of 2014. It is loosely based on one of my family's stories.I also write online for Great New Books and PDXX Collective, and blog at True STORIES. I am a contributor to the anthologies Three Minus One and The HerStories Project, and my writing has appeared in The Chicago Sun-Times and the Detroit Free-Press.


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Titles At Your Library

The Rooms Are Filled: A Novel
ISBN: 1938314581

She Writes Press. 2014

The Rooms Are Filled is the moving, 1983 coming-of-age story of two outcasts brought together by circumstance: a Minnesota farm boy transplanted to suburban Chicago after his father dies, and his teacher, a closeted young woman starting over after a failed attempt to live openly. Readers will root for these two as they navigate their new lives, as they attempt to change to become who they are.


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