About Jessica

Jessica Barksdale Inclán is the author of fourteen novels, including the best-selling Her Daughter's Eyes, The Matter of Grace, and When You Believe.  Her fourteenth novel, The Burning Hour, was published April 2016 by Urban Farmhouse Press. She has also published several ebooks and a women's studies textbook, Diverse Voices of Women.  Her work had been translated into Spanish, Portuguese, Dutch, and Czech. 


Inclán teaches composition, creative writing, mythology, and women’s literature at Diablo Valley College in Pleasant Hill, California, and online novel writing courses for UCLA Extension.

Her short stories and poems have appeared or are forthcoming in Rockhurst Review, Flywheel, The Salt Hill Journal, The Drum, The West Wind Review, Compass Rose, Gargoyle and many other journals and newspapers. She is a 2002 recipient of the CAC Artist’s Fellowship in Literature.  Her short story Open Eyes was given first prize by Sandra Cisneros for El Andar magazine's 2000 writing contest. Several of her short stories are available in audio format from Audible.com.


Ms. Inclán has degrees English literature from California State University, Stanislaus and San Francisco State University and a Masters of Fine Arts from Pacific Lutheran's Rainier Writers Workshop.  Ms. Inclán lives in Oakland, California with her husband and two amazing dogs.