Jessica Eldredge lives by her pen

Each day, Jessica Grace Eldredge gets up dog-gone early and juggles the world. A writer, ghost-writer, mommy, screenplay auteur, editor, journalist, art enthusiast, socialite and dancer, in so many ways, Eldredge is the fire upon the page.

The one thing she doesn't do much of is sleep. Having returned to Oregon a couple years ago, after graduating Magna Cum Laude from Brigham Young University in Utah in English with dual emphasis in creative writing and editing, Eldredge has risen to the crown of Queen of Rogue Valley free-lancing.

Having been published, co-editor of literary journals, editor of everything from technical manuals to screenplays, and a frequent contributor to local publications and magazines, at 25, Jessica Eldredge is a poster child for over achievement.

"Editing and writing are completely different processes. I just like working with other authors. I like being in a creative environment," said Eldredge. "I try to put myself in places and jobs that facilitate that. It's very exciting to always be around writers that are dedicated to their craft. I also get really excited by others people's work. Most people only seem to get excited by their own. "&

166;But being around the process is very rewarding."

"The initial reason I got interested in literature is that I love getting lost in another world," said Eldredge. "I've always been fascinated by how other people could create a universe with words, and I enjoy traveling from universe to universe." Eldredge is fairly fond of traveling this world as well, and as she sets out pursuing potential Master's of Fine Arts programs, which she hopes to enter next Fall, she's had a lot of good opportunities to travel the country touring various campuses, making connections, leaving a trial of Starbucks cups and gathering good writing material.

"I think that all experience is fodder for writing. I don't think that I'll run out of things to write about," said Eldredge. "I have an interesting life and am surrounded by interesting people." The most interesting person in that life is Eldredge's equally enchanting 3-year-old, Lydia, who has been known to hypnotize even the most stoic passerby with her giant brown eyes and random bouts of excessive cuteness. "She's the most important thing in my life," said Eldredge. "I'd like people to know that." Eldredge also has a passion for dance, having been a dancer, athlete and martial artist all her life, she assists local Salsa maestro Edgar Montiel instruct classes at Tabu.

As an experienced ghost-writer, one service Eldredge offers is to help people who've always wanted to get their life stories out, but whom may lack a degree of articulation or polish. She is eager to further pursue this aperture of her writing cannon because of the one-on-one involvement it elicits. She is also working with Lion's Gate productions on a semi-secretive screenplay project involving a youth-oriented athletic comedy, as well as aiding her former high-school theatre instructor, local playwright and director Michael Fitzgerald on a television series he's working on developing.

"As far as writing goes, I just can't not write," said Eldredge. "It's been that way since I was little. I guess that's just the curse of the writer." Already a published poet, Eldredge is currently revising several searing short stories for future publication.

As for the writing itself, Eldredge lives up to her name, prolific poetry and prose flutters from her with the grace of the Claire de Lune, evoking a classic symmetry often void in much contemporary offering. And, in proper organic form, she regurgitates the beauty and pain she's known in life like a mother phoenix off to set a baby world aflame.

Which, after all, was always her goal. Eldredge often expounds upon her philosophy of syntax philanthropy, in that the power of words, crafted and added to the cultural cannon have the potential to change and benefit people's lives, views and existence. "I still believe that. I want to change something significant in people's lives. I know that writing is my calling, but I also feel that it is my passion and I hope that I might use it as a means to accomplish that."

How does she manage all this and still maintain a porcelain mask of sanity? In an easily distracted world, Eldredge remains grounded. Though she is always moved by metaphor, Eldredge never wants to be moved beyond the humanity and passion that she feels validate the writing endeavor in the first place. She finds art in everything and five minutes with her leaves no room for further distraction. With a stack of business cards, more words than Webster's, a dream, a pen and eyes like lightening-danced-dust-devils, nothing will stop Jessica Eldredge.

"Well, I just think people are interesting; the most interesting thing in the world," said Eldredge. "Everyone has a story to tell. If I can help tell it, I'm happy. It's an interesting process too."

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