critically acclaimed author
Jessica Jiji is a critically acclaimed author spanning different genres. “Diamonds Take Forever” is classic RomCom with an Arabic twist. And her latest, “How to Judge a Book by its Lover” is a laugh-out-loud comedy about wanting what you can’t have – until you get it and discover you were better off before.
The daughter of an Iraqi immigrant, Jessica also drew on her roots to write a literary romance novel based in the Middle East: “Sweet Dates in Basra” crosses borders and decades to take the reader on a journey of forbidden love in newly independent Iraq.
Jessica has also collaborated on three full-length screenplays with internationally renowned author Paul Grossman. “Queen of the CIA” is a comedic caper about how the spy agency recruits a new costume designer who is openly gay. “Miss Interpreter” is a political thriller about a translator working at the United Nations who stumbles on a plot to subvert its operations. And “I Married a Shaman,” inspired by Paul’s ex, follows the courtship of a Korean woman whose new boyfriend loves her culture more than she ever did.
Jessica is also the co-author, with Adam Chernick, of “EXcommunicating,” a play about an engaged couple grappling with the difference between lies and omission. In addition, she collaborated with Seth Jacobson on “The Superman of Avenue C” for the 48-hour film project.