Twenty-four year old Jessica Burkhart (Jessica Ashley) lives in Brooklyn, New York. Her birthday is January 29, 1987.

Before she started writing, Jess was a serious equestrian. Like Sasha from Canterwood Crest, she rode daily and dreamed about competing on the United States Equestrian Team.

But at 13, Jess had a spinal fusion for severe scoliosis. While she recovered, she started writing and loved it! Jess began homeschooling that year and decided to pursue publication.

For six years, Jess wrote dozens of at Florida State University, the idea for Take the Reins came and wouldn't go away. Jess wrote the draft (an awful one!) in 30 days and loved every second she spent writing. She lived vicariously through her characters' adventures with horses.

Now, Jess is fully engaged in Horse World and she'll never leave it again. When she's not writing, Jess loves hanging with her bestie Kate, reading and watching TV. She loves to shop the PINK collection at Victoria's Secret and is obsessed with Twilight and all things RPattz. And, like Sasha, Jess has a lip-gloss collection that fills many, many cosmetic bags.

For more about Jess and the latest news, visit her personal Website or her site for young adult novel projects.

Contact: jess_burkhart AT hotmail DOT com

Snail mail address: Jessica Burkhart
C/O Simon & Schuster
1230 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10020