meet the author

I am thrilled that everyone who reads one of my books knows they are getting a one-of-a-kind book worthy of a one-of-a-kind kid!

~ j.l. gee

Before I wrote my first book, I struggled with finding my path in life. As a single mom, having a job that let me be available for my kids when they needed me was non-negotiable for me. I had been in the publishing world for quite a while, creating and selling journals and planners – and making a decent living from them – but after several years, I was having a hard time finding joy in that endeavor anymore.  

I was bored. 

I began dreading the thought of sitting down at my computer. I knew I needed a change.

Then one day it happened. My teenage son and I were having a conversation about his future plans, and he turned the tables on me. “If YOU could have any job in the world, what would it be?” he asked.

Without hesitation, I replied, “I would write children’s books.”

“So then, why don’t you?” he asked.

All their lives, I have told my kids that they can do anything they want, if they just work for it. But for some reason, I wasn’t following that advice for myself.

I had ALWAYS wanted to write books for kids. For as long as I can remember, I’ve had stories floating around in my head. All I needed to do was write them down. 

But I was afraid. What if I wasn’t good enough? What if no one liked my stories? What if I spent all that time writing a book, but no one ever read it?

But that one simple question from my son had fanned the tiny spark that glowed inside me. I chewed on that question for days. Until finally, that spark ignited into a full-on flame… He was right!


I decided I would give it a try. But, at the time, no one but my kids knew about it.

In my spare time, I created the most lovable character I could come up with. A character that children could fall in love with, and a world that incorporated reality, fantasy, and a whole lot of magic. That is when Jaspurr Beans – a tall, blue, imaginary cat – was born.

As it turns out, however, the road to a published book was more difficult than I ever imagined.

I had no idea what steps I needed to take to write a full-blown children’s chapter book. It was lightyears away from just writing down what was floating around inside my head! Structure, formatting, illustrations, legalities… I felt like I was swimming in self-doubt and uncertainty!

But I took a breath, enrolled in an online course (or seven!), and slowly began figuring it out. It was a long, difficult process, filled with many setbacks and obstacles, but eventually I got through it. 

I wrote the book!

And then… the REALLY hard part arrived. I had to take what I had written, and put it out into the world. 

I had to actually PUBLISH it. I had to let other people know what I had done. I had to let other people read it. I was terrified that they would tell me it was awful. That I would get horrible reviews. That no one would purchase my book. 

That I would be a failure. 

But in the end, my debut book – Jaspurr Beans: Best (Imaginary) Friends Forever – was a success! People bought it. People read it with their kids. People enjoyed it enough to give it 5-star reviews! (Ok, so it never reached the NYT Best Seller list, but hey… give me some time, I’ll get there!)

After 44 years on this planet, my dream had become a reality.

I am now OFFICIALLY an author, and I can’t wait to see where this journey takes me. Thank you so much for supporting me, and I hope the kids and teens in your life enjoy my characters and stories as much as I enjoy creating them! 

With deepest gratitude and a full heart,

j.l. gee