Growing up in Sydney, Ireland and Scotland, Jessica has been a student of writing and riding all her life. Her fascination with the sport of kings is almost unnatural, given she has no roots in the sport outside of her own. She grew up memorising the lives of champions... Phar Lap, Carbine, Secretariat, Nijinsky. As a teenager, she was shortlisted in the Martin Wills Memorial Competition, a British award for young writers in horse racing. She graduated from the University of Stirling with a combined honours degree, and returning to Sydney she worked as a riding instructor before two editorial roles in publishing, first with Breeding & Racing magazine, then OUTBACK. Frustrated by the daily grind (and the urge to finish ‘Peter Pan’), she took to freelancing, and her work continues to appear in many books and publications, both in and out of racing.