J. Askew enjoys exploring mental health issues, sexual identity, and disability through sci-fi and horror. She aims to be a leading female author in her genres and thought leader in mental health and LGBTQIA+ issues in our fiction. She believes that to make the world an easier place for young people to come out in, we must make our fiction more diverse and reflect a society without homophobia. She is a member of the LGBTQ community and identifies as bisexual. Recently, her bisexualness has taken a hard “they” turn.
J. Askew also speaks frankly about her OCD and the journey she has been on with it. She believes that in the all-consuming wake of her OCD, she has a strength that may seen alien to others.
J. Askew’s debut novel, Green Again, is New Adult eco-fiction that explores mental health at the end of the world and uses parallels of a healing environment alongside the recovery of psychosis. Green Again is currently doing the submission rounds.
She has also written an LGBTQIA+ novella which follows a couple as they navigate a devastated Britain after a strange disease slows everyone down. It is a window into a relationship that is seriously affected by depression, and the freedom both women crave from the darkness. Sloth is also doing the submission rounds.
The Hollow Way
J. Askew’s second novel, The Hollow Way, is currently in editing with talented editor, Elle Turpitt. The Hollow Way follows Wren Novak, bisexual space prison guard with OCD, as she finds herself responsible for catching the Universe’s most notorious murderer and unravelling the mystery of his evil wake. She must overcome her OCD, her heart, and bring him to justice… in space.
Alongside larger works of fiction, J. Askew is enjoying writing short stories that show the strength of those with alternate needs in a sci-fi or horror setting. She has had many publications since starting out on her writing journey in 2019 and continues to submit to her favourite publications.
“J. Askew has a really good talent for creating brilliant characters and plots and drawing the reader in instantly in such a short space.”Elle Turpitt, Unwrapping Words