Circa 1977

J.L. HILTON is a lifelong fan of science fiction and fantasy who grew up in the ’70s and ’80s with Star Wars, Star Trek, Narnia, Atari 2600, Apple ][, D&D, The Twilight Zone, Heinlein, Bradbury, and the original Battlestar Galactica.

She is the author of Stellarnet Rebel, 2013 EPIC Award finalist for best sci-fi ebook and winner of the Galaxy Award for Best Non-Traditional Romance, and its sequel Stellarnet Prince, both published by Carina Press, and also writes video game articles and fanfiction.

As JEWELSMITH, she has a Youtube channel for mature gamers. As JLHjewelry, she makes unique science-fiction/fantasy themed jewelry.

  • Founded the Raleigh “Can’t Stop the Serenity” annual charity event in 2006
  • Featured in a Rings & Things article “Steampunk: The Ultimate in Vintage Fashion,” August 2008
  • Contributed to Steampunk Style Jewelry during 2009, published in January 2010

Since 2012, she’s participated in Illogicon, ConTemporal, StellarCon, ConCarolinas, Escapist Expo and other events, as an author, gamer and jewelry designer.

Jen has a dusty old psych degree and a collection of eclectic skills including newspaper reporter, columnist, editor, calligrapher, tarot reader, poet, cake decorator, award-winning photographer, tying a cherry stem in a knot with her tongue, and remembering the lyrics to obscure songs.

Some of her real-life adventures include deciphering Mojave Desert petroglyphs with an archaeology professor, petting a tiger, visiting Thomas Jefferson’s bedroom, interviewing celebrity psychic Kenny Kingston, flying remote-control experimental military technology, having high tea at the Huntington mansion, studying ancient Irish history at Duke University, and learning authentic Elizabethan dialect to work for a master perfume maker at a Renaissance Faire.

Contact her at (at) gmail (dot) com or find her on social media:

Author website:
Jewelry website:
Twitch channel:
YouTube gaming channel: Jewelsmith
AO3: Jewelsmith

FAVORITE MOVIES & MUSICALS: The Crow, Legend, Howl’s Moving Castle, Strange Magic, Midnight Madness, Hawk the Slayer, Edward Scissorhands, Beauty and the Beast, Phantom of the Opera, Les Miserables

FAVORITE TV SHOWS: Mr. Sunshine, My Horrible Boss, North & South (BBC), Vicar of Dibley, Detectorists, Lucifer, Firefly, Babylon 5, ST: TNG, Deadwood, Twilight Zone

FAVORITE VIDEO GAMES: Skyrim, God of War, Fallout: New Vegas, Fallout 4, BioShock, BioShock 2, Dishonored, Death of the Outsider

FAVORITE BOOKS: Les Miserables, Jane Eyre, Vanity Fair, John Dies at the End, The Book of Uncommon Prayer (Katherine Mosby)

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