About Jessica Burtch

Jessica Burtch

Jessica Burtch

I’m an editor, a columnist, a blogger, a ghostwriter, a manager, a playwright, a reader, a roadtripper and a mother. My two beautiful boys have four legs and pee outside.

I majored in literature and creative writing at the University of Texas at Austin, with a minor and graduate work in screenwriting. In Los Angeles, I studied playwriting with Scott Horstein, who dramaturged for Arthur Miller on Resurrection Blues, and screenwriting with DreamWorks senior story analyst Pilar Alessandra.

My writing has appeared in papers such as the Austin-American Statesman, The Austin Chronicle, The Boston Globe and The Denver Post, onstage at South Coast Repertory, and is regularly featured at DidionsBible.com and Creators.com. I’ve enjoyed a 10-year career as a professional editor.

Random 411:

I wrote my first play when I was 8, a murder mystery starring my little brother in the critically acclaimed role of the cruel villain, Ebeneeezer. That’s right: three “e’s.”

Current addiction: House of Cards

Previous addiction: Breaking Bad

Currently reading: Easy Riders/Raging Bulls, Beautiful Boy

Just finished: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime, Little Birds

Current movie recommend: Chef

Guilty pleasures: cookies, grilled cheese, New Orleans, Woody Allen

Things that make me want to do more, better, something: Best Friends Animal Society, Much Love Animal Rescue, CASA for Children, Sea Shepherd, people who cook

Dirty little secret: I’m in the newspaper business but haven’t had to wash ink from my hands in years.

I divide my time unevenly between Joshua Tree, Los Angeles and Austin.

Follow me @sicaleigh

Run, Radio Flyer! Apr 07, 2015

They tap for a good tune; they curl for the right moves; they lift us up when we're a tad low; they keep us from falling on our faces. When we're little, there's nothing better than hitching a ride on a bigger set. And when we're older, we try to hav... Read More

There's Nothing Naughty About Spay/Neuter Mar 02, 2015

I'm into S&N. 50 Shades of Spay. Castrado es caliente! February 24 was World Spay Day, and we all had fun putting the sexy in something that is decidedly not. But despite its lack of sizzle, anyone who's ever set foot insi... Read More

America's Pit Bulls: The Numbers Versus the Narrative Feb 21, 2015

Earlier this month, a 30-something Caucasian male attempted to rob a gas station in Saco, Maine. According to authorities, the suspect, still at large, wore a dark-green mask, black gloves and a hoodie. He also carried a gun, and in the course of dem... Read More

All the Presidents' Dogs Feb 16, 2015

In the wake of Presidents Day, I can't stop thinking about all the dog hair that's gracefully wafted through the Oval Office. Dogs have been keeping our presidents young for as long as we've been electing them. While George Washington never lived in... Read More