by Jessica Bell
“Warning: Do not read String Bridge–unless you have plenty of spare time. Jessica Bell hooks the reader with a storyline so powerful it consumes you.” ~Glynis Smy, author of Ripper, My Love
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This novel is accompanied by an all-original soundtrack, written and performed by the author, entitled: Melody Hill: On the Other Side. Create your own seamless reading experience with poet and musician Jessica Bell’s original sound track. Download the album here.
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“Jessica Bell’s STRING BRIDGE strummed the fret of my veins, thrummed my blood into a mad rush, played me taut until the final page, yet with echoes still reverberating. A rhythmic debut with metrical tones of heavied dark, fleeting prisms of light, and finally, a burst of joy–just as with any good song, my hopeful heartbeat kept tempo with Bell’s narrative.” ~Kathryn Magendie, author of Sweetie, Tender Graces and Secret Graces,Publishing Editor of Rose & Thorn Journal
“Poet and musician Jessica Bell’s debut novel String Bridge is a rich exploration of desire, guilt, and the difficult balancing act of the modern woman. The writing is lyrical throughout, seamlessly integrating setting, character and plot in a musical structure that allows the reader to identify with Melody’s growing insecurity as her world begins to unravel … String Bridge is a powerful debut from a promising writer, full of music, metaphor, and just a hint of magic.” ~Magdalena Ball, author of Repulsion Thrust and Sleep Before Evening
“The last novel that moved me and engaged me to this extent was Prince of Tidesby Pat Conroy. Like Conroy, Jessica Bell is a brilliant writer of great skill and depth. She doesn’t pull back from the difficult scenes, from conflict, pain, intensity. She puts it all out there, no holds barred, no holding back. She knows how to craft a scene, how to develop character, how to create suspense. This is an absolutely brilliant debut novel. I look forward to reading her next novel, and next and next.” ~Karen Jones Gowen, author of Farm Girl, Uncut Diamonds and House of Diamonds
About the author:
If Jessica Bell could choose only one creative mentor, she’d give the role to Euterpe, the Greek muse of music and lyrics. This is not only because she currently resides in Athens, Greece, but because of her life as a thirty-something Australian-native contemporary fiction author, poet and singer/songwriter/guitarist, whose literary inspiration often stems from songs she’s written.
Being the daughter of a semi-famous rock ‘n’ roll duo from Melbourne, she grew up surrounded by song. For a while it seemed logical to travel the musician’s path, especially when her first band, spAnk, hit it off in the Melbourne indie music scene back in the late 90s. Although she spent her years writing and recording dozens of songs she decided she also had a love for the written word, and began to pursue a career as a writer.
She started as a poet, drawing from her musical background and etching her thoughts and feelings into verse. Those stanzas soon turned into sentences and paragraphs, and eventually into published books.
The preface to her novel String Bridge describes in detail how music has influenced her writing. Her literary voice is said to overflow with “lyrical descriptions, unique metaphors, tight dialogue, and an abundance of sensory detail.” She has also been told she has the ability to take a seemingly ordinary three-chord type story and turn it into a main stage event.
From September 2012, Jessica will be hosting the Homeric Writers’ Retreat & Workshop on the Greek island of Ithaca, home of Odysseus, with Chuck Sambuchino of Writer’s Digest.
Read more at www.jessicabellauthor.com.
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