I’m a professional author, artist, and for years I was an Equity Stage Manager in the theatre. I currently serve as President of the Authors of the Flathead, an organization of “writers helping writers.”


My current project is a young adult fantasy series called The Summer King Chronicles. Check out the first book: The Song of the Summer King.


I’m from the mountains of Montana; I’ve traveled the United States with theatre tours and left the country only twice: once to Italy, once to Scotland.


I drink a lot of coffee, I love music and travel and Renaissance art. I read (some) poetry, watch a lot of movies, read, and aspire to get up early. Among other things. I still think the original Star Wars is one of the best stories of our time.


If you’d like to know more, drop me a line!





  • Will online orders of the hard copy be signed?

    Eric 8.Aug.2012 2:04 pm
  • Hi!

    I will try to sign all the books that go out through me. When you order through Paypal, make a note that you’d like yours signed! :)

    jesseowen 8.Aug.2012 2:27 pm
  • Will do! Great work.

    Eric 9.Aug.2012 3:21 pm
  • Dear Jess,

    I think you made a great choice in offering your wonderful new book free on Amazon. There are a great many of us who constantly monitor Amazon for new free books, we may have no money to buy at the current $12-18 dollar price but don’t underestimate our power to give you a lift.

    I enjoyed the book tremendously and really hope there is a sequel. The descriptions were so perfect it’s made me itch to get out my tools and clay and start sculpting.

    Best in all you do,

    Kathryn Walmsley 11.Aug.2012 10:58 am
  • Wow Kathryn, what a wonderful compliment. I’m so so happy that you enjoyed the story, and honored that it inspired you creatively (your work is gorgeous!) I hope you stay tuned for book 2 next year ;D

    jesseowen 11.Aug.2012 12:58 pm
  • Hello Jess,

    Would you be available for an email interview about your book? I just finished reading it, left a review, and I’d love to interview you on my blog, netraptor.org/blog. I want my friends to know about you and your gryfons, since I hang out with a bunch of indie authors. My email is netraptor001 at hotmail dot com. :-)

    Kessie Carroll 13.Aug.2012 3:50 pm
  • I would love to! I’ll send you an email. Thank you for the wonderful review, as well :D

    jesseowen 14.Aug.2012 12:27 am
  • Would like to hear your comments on helping new Authors. My E-mail is janderson015@centurytel.net Thank you, Mr. Anderson

    John Anderson 24.Sep.2012 9:15 pm
  • Hi John! That’s a broad question and I’ll email you o.O

    jesseowen 26.Sep.2012 1:31 pm
  • I just wanted to say that I am impressed with your ability to get your book out before the public and the internet etc. I self published a book, Dakota Gold, and only wished I had your gift. Its one thing writing a novel, but you need to be an enterperner to sell books. Anyway I thought you were thinking of starting your own Publishing Co. Appreicate any input on this.
    Thanks, John Anderson

    John Anderson 26.Sep.2012 3:41 pm
  • Hello Jesse,

    I mainly wanted to tell you what a gift you have getting your book out before the public etc. I am sure you will have a lot of success selling your novel. I have self published a novel, Dakota Gold, and find that writing a book is one thing, but selling it in this competitive world takes a special gift that not too many of us have. I just wondered if you had started your Publishing Co.yet and if you were going to work with new writers etc.

    Thanks, John Anderson

    JAnderson 26.Sep.2012 4:23 pm
  • Wow, thank you! And congratulations on getting your own book out there! I have done a Ton of research on marketing and am pretty shameless when it comes to peddling my book (I stopped a young couple in the store where I work and gave them a promotional bookmark because the guy was wearing a Sonic the Hedgehog hat, and people who like Sonic tend to be in my Target Market ;) . I HIGHLY recommend a book called, “The Complete Guide to Self Publishing,” which is like my publishing bible.

    Right now my main focus is my own work, and I’m not planning on opening myself to new writers for a couple years, simply based on financial resource, energy and time. There are many many groups out there for writers (tons on Facebook!) where you can keep finding support and new readers.

    The biggest, most important thing to keep in mind is that writing and publishing is a lifelong process. Don’t ever, ever, give up. Your audience is out there.

    jesseowen 26.Sep.2012 4:32 pm
  • Apprieciate your input and suggestions. Hope you all the luck in the world in your writing career.

    Mr. Anderson .

    JAnderson 26.Sep.2012 4:56 pm
  • And to you!!

    jesseowen 26.Sep.2012 11:05 pm
  • Message:Jesse, I’d also like to thank-you for making the book available on Amazon. It’s one of the most delightful I’ve read in a long time. (And although it’s positioned as a YA book, it was just perfect for someone many years older…) Your description on Amazon says that you’ve done other writing. Is it available anywhere? And I, too, hope that there will be a sequel!
    Regards, Jenny

    Jenny Kemeny 20.Jan.2013 4:24 pm
  • You’re very welcome Jenny, and thank you so much! There will be a sequel coming out this fall (e-book at the end of the summer!) I will be posting news as it comes available.

    My other writing is unpublished ;) This was the first story I felt was ready for the world.

    Jess E. Owen 29.Jan.2013 3:40 pm
  • Message: Hi Jess, I’m Dax’ uncle Scott i’d like to get your book for my kids, could you tell me how I can buy the book from you, and could you sigh it for them. please let me know. congrats on your book, and please tell Dax we all say hello. Thank you, Scott A Brazis

    scott a brazis 20.Aug.2013 12:56 am
  • Hi! Nice to “meet” you! You can order the book directly through the website here:http://jessowen.com/song-of-the-summer-king/ or from Amazon.com . But if you order through the website I can sign it to your kids personally!
    If you’re so inclined, I’m also running a campaign on Kickstarter to fund the sequel: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/jessowen/skyfire-book-ii-of-the-summer-king-chronicles

    Thanks for coming! I’ll pass on your hello to Dax :)

    Jess E. Owen 20.Aug.2013 6:20 pm
  • Message:Hey!

    I wanted to let you know that I have thoroughly enjoyed the first two novels in this series! They’ve inspired my art and my own writing that of late has been left to dust. Thank you for making the first two available for free on Amazon’s new Unlimited service. I’m now saving up the money to buy all the books as hardcovers for my growing “library”.

    A big thank you and awe inspired “mantle” to you for this amazing series and for sharing this world with all of us readers.

    Evelyn Anderson 22.Apr.2015 2:55 am
  • Oh, that makes me so happy! I’m honored to be an inspiration.
    If you’re saving up, you might want to wait until next years final Kickstarter, when you can get all FOUR books for a deal, and extra goodies ;) Fair winds!

    Jess E. Owen 23.Apr.2015 4:20 pm
  • Message:Hmm. A tantalizing prospect. I may indeed save for then, it would certainly help my limited funds! lol. Fair winds to you as well. I’ll keep watch for that Kickstarter. =D

    Evelyn Anderson 26.Apr.2015 10:29 am

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