About

Jennifer de Guzman is a writer and comics publishing professional living in the San Francisco Bay Area. She writes stories about sad girls, seawater, bottomless wells, airborne plagues, and horses. You can find links to some of them them in the Selected Works section or read them at her Scribd page.

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Chi Roca has a dead girl’s voice in her head. Nearly ten years ago, her older sister Aria drowned, leaving their family shattered — and Chi has been keeping the secret of Aria’s continued presence in her mind ever since.

But Aria had secrets of her own, and as Chi has gotten older she has begun to ask questions. When Aria’s presence disappears on Chi’s sixteenth birthday, Chi decides to try to find the answers, placing herself in the same danger that led to her sister’s death.

Half a Person is a story of grief and the connections it both breaks and forges.

What Are Possible Impossiblities?

“The Poet ought rather to chuse Impossibilities, provided they have Resemblance to the Truth, than the Possible, which are Incredible with all their Possibility.”
- Henry Fielding, quoting Aristotle in The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling
The Books I Read

Francine Prose on Anne Frank, the Extraordinariness of Teenage Girls

Francine Prose has written a new book about Anne Frank, Anne Frank: The Book, The Life, The Afterlife, claiming her as a literary genius and exploring how she actively was revising her journal to prepare it for publication after the war. In an interview with the Wall Street Journal, Prose says something that made me [...]

Alma Matters

Writing Shysters

A comment showed up on my last post that I marked as spam: “It’s not so simple to do a good enough written essays, preferably if you are occupied. I consult you to define [essay mill] and to be spare from query that your work will be done by custom writing service”

All of [...]

Alma Matters

The MFA Statement of Purpose

While I was endeavoring to give good advice to someone applying to San Jose State University’s MFA program, I managed to find my own statement of purpose. I thought I’d post it with the thoughts about why I wrote it the way I did.

Statement of Purpose: The Shoulders of Giants by [...]

Word Traveling

Professionals Don't Work for Free

“If someone can talk you out of being a writer, you’re not a writer. If I can talk you out of being a writer, I’ve done you a favor, because now you’ll be free to pursue your real talent, whatever that may be. And, for the record, everybody has one. The lucky ones figure out [...]

Life in Comics

Publishers Weekly Column

My monthly “Life in Comics” column for Publishers Weekly went up last week — it’s here. September’s column is about independent comics publishers having to compete with big publisher-backed graphic novel imprints. Last month’s column was about how the infrastructure of the comics industry was built to support a model that is increasingly irrelevant and [...]

Favorite Things

A Few of My Favorite Things

Henceforth the memory of Leon was the centre of her boredom; it burnt there more brightly than the fire travellers have left on the snow of a Russian steppe. She sprang towards him, she pressed against him, she stirred carefully the dying embers, sought all around her anything that could revive it; and the [...]