Image: Jessica is white and in her mid 30s. She is smiling at the camera. Her hair is brown and shaved on the sides and back of her head; she has long pink and purple hair on top of her head, which is styled to fall over the left side of her forehead. She is wearing a black top.
Contact Jessica: jessicahealywalton at gmail.com
Jessica Walton is a picture book author, freelance writer, teacher, parent, daughter of a trans parent, and proud queer disabled woman. Jess' left leg is amputated above the knee, and she lives with chronic pain. She tweets frequently about disability, pain, LGBTI issues, children's literature, diverse families, and parenting.
Jess' work as a freelance writer has been published on the Writers Victoria website, Queer Girl Cafe, and Nerdy Book Club. Jess has also reviewed books with amputee characters for Disability in Kid Lit. Jess hopes to write opinion pieces and essays about her identity as a queer disabled woman, and about disability and ableism more broadly.
Introducing Teddy is Jessica's first picture book, illustrated by Dougal MacPherson. Jess wrote it to help explain gender identity in a simple, positive way to her kids. Introducing Teddy began as a Kickstarter project, but has now been published in the US, UK and Australia by Bloomsbury. It has also been translated into nine other languages.
You can find Jessica on Twitter @jesshealywalton
Writers Victoria, December 2016: World reflected back — diversity in Kid Lit
Queer Girl Café, July 2016: Finding Community, Finding Pride
Nerdy Book Club, May 2016: A Forest Full of Memories
Jessica is available as a source and for personal essays and opinion editorial
Additional communication availability: Phone, Twitter DMs
Languages: English (Fluent)