Since graduating Evergreen College (Olympia, Washington) with a BA in Creative Writing, and then from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst with a Master’s in Hispanic Literatures, Jenny Jaeckel has written many short stories and illustrated her own stories. But Jaeckel’s first full-length book was a graphic novel about her experience with her baby in the NICU for over five months. She worked through the stress of that time by getting it all out on paper. Her effort won her the Canadian Xeric grant in 2008 (published in the States in 2016, Spot 12: Five Months in the Neonatal ICU). At that point, Jaeckel began to pen two more graphic novels (Siberiak: My Cold War Adventure on the River Ob 2014, and Odd Pieces, forthcoming). She also began to compile some of her short stories into a collection, and these were released in 2016 under the title For the Love of Meat: Nine Illustrated Stories; they are eclectic stories from vastly different parts of the world and different times.
Two of the stories from her collection wouldn’t let Jaeckel rest. They felt unfinished. Jaeckel had to explore these stories more thoroughly. Eventually, though the two stories took place almost 200 years apart, she realized they were related to each other. Exploring this relationship led to five more generations of the Rougeaux family unveiling themselves, and the original stories shifting, until the the whole family epic came together in about 80,000 words. This was the birth of the debut novel House of Rougeaux.
Jaeckel and her publisher at Raincloud Press worked tirelessly with the gifted editor, Neesa Sonoquie (formerly of McSweeney’s), and a diverse group of beta readers to attune House of Rougeaux, in a perfect balance of the magical and the frighteningly real.
Jenny Jaeckel’s previous titles include For the Love of Meat: Nine Illustrated Stories, Siberiak: My Cold War Adventure on the River Ob, and the graphic memoir Spot 12: Five Months in the Neonatal ICU, which was the winner of the 2017 Next Generation Indie Book Awards.
Originally from California, Jenny Jaeckel lives in Victoria, British Columbia, with her husband and child. Find out more about Jenny Jaeckel at www.jennyjaeckel.com.