Growing up in Sydney, Ireland (Cork) and Scotland, Jessica is an international student of horse racing. The sport, particularly its history, has fascinated her since childhood. The first horse she learned about was 1930s hero Phar Lap, and his story planted in her a long and lively fascination with the history of racing. As a teenager she was shortlisted in the UK Martin Wills Memorial Competition, an award for young writers in horse racing. She graduated from the University of Stirling with a combined honours degree in Environmental Science & Media, and returned to Sydney where she has worked as a riding instructor, editorial assistant and staff writer in two magazines. Frustrated by the daily commute, she went freelance to finish her first book.