Jessica Cale is a recovering journalist writing romance novels out of a gray bedroom in North Carolina.

She says they’re romance novels, but she kills a lot of characters. She kills some and puts the others through some pretty serious obstacles, including but not limited to poverty, kidnapping, imprisonment, mutilation, and infestation. She says it’s all in the name of historical accuracy, but we know the truth. She’s a bit of a sadist. Took that quote about the course of true love never going smoothly a bit too seriously. 

So let’s call them “gothic” romance. There’s danger, suspense, dark themes, and plenty of sweet, sweet revenge. Every female character is a strong female character, because Lord knows she’ll be more likely to survive the aforementioned obstacles if she knows how to swing a poker. 

Jessica Cale knows how to swing a poker. 

She knows how to do a lot of other things, too. She can navigate the Tube and the Metro, and she can get from one end of Cardiff to the other without stepping outside when it’s raining. She has a decent left hook, can put on liquid eyeliner in a moving vehicle, and she can bake macarons that a real, live French person might consider passable. 

Jess has an MFA in Creative Writing and a BA in Ancient and Medieval History from Swansea University, Wales. Under different names, she has written for BBC History, The Observer, Feedback, Plugged In, The Libertine, Subtext, the International Women’s Day Anthology (2010), and a whole bunch of other people, including an independent magazine she published from 2001 - 2011. 

Jess is the editor of Dirty, Sexy History. She is also proud to be a member of the RWA, the Historical Novel Society, and the Royal Historical Society. 

She edits books, too. If you're in need of an editor, you can find her at Safeword! Author Services and Historical Editorial.

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  1. Looking good! Nice to see the website up and running. X

  2. I found your web page 'dirty, sexy, history' in a Facebook article and was instantly hooked. Do you by chance have any interest in writing a book on historical private life (expounding on the dirty, sexy theme)? It was really interesting and I'd like to learn more

    1. Thanks very much, I'm so glad you're enjoying DSH! I very much have an interest in doing that and I hope to get the opportunity to at some point. On that theme, I have a chapter on medieval sexuality and contraception in the book Sexuality in History coming out next Spring from Pen & Sword. I would absolutely love to do more. :) Is there a certain subject or period you're most interested in?


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