She writes…She fights…..Wonder Woman Jessica Kristie Joins The Justice Rogues

Today, we have our first ever person induction into the Justice Rogues Gallery. It’s my pleasure to introduce Jessica Kristie, writer and Modern Day Abolitionist. She has written a novel, Barbed-Wire Butterflies and all the royalties goes to the organization, Courage Worldwide. Jessica graciously agreed to do an interview for us.

What motivated you to get into the Modern Day Abolition movement?

I believe the cause found me. I sat down one day to brainstorm and start gathering ideas for a novel when the words human trafficking popped into my head. it was unexpected, but a moment that changed my life. From there I researched the subject and felt deeply called to join the movement.

When did you decide to combine your love for writing and your activism?

Without knowing it, it became a tightly knit package. After researching the issue the story came to me like it had always been there. It was a divine marriage of both my desire to serve and my need to write.

 How did the idea for Barbed-Wire Butterflies develop? When did you decide to give all the profits to Courage Worldwide?

The words took over and it neatly flowed into a story with characters I quickly connected with and cared about. Courage Worldwide was one of the first non-profit organizations I found when researching. I was excited to learn they were local to me and the more I read about them, the more I felt called to connect. When they read and enjoyed my book, the pieces then fell together and it became a really wonderful partnership. I volunteer for them on a regular basis and have found every person involved to be amazing.

Tell us more about Courage Worldwide and how people can be involved?

Courage Worldwide is an organization that builds homes around the world for children rescued out of sex trafficking. They have a home in Sacramento, Tanzania, and one being built in Hawaii. Their goal is to build a home in every city that needs one. Their hearts are big and they live each day with God-sized dreams to eradicate slavery in our lifetime. They are constantly looking for new volunteers, funding, and partnerships from like-minded people and organizations.

How can writers collaborate on similar projects?

The best way to build a relationship with any organization is to volunteer. This way they are able to get to know you and your heart. Non-profits want to work with people who have similar goals and honorable intentions. It is also a business, so make sure you approach any organization with a professional and completed product or idea. If it is meant to be, then the pieces will come together.

Bonus Question: If you could be a Superhero who would you be and why?

I wish I could be more original but I have to say Wonder Woman. I used to watch the show as a kid and spin around on the playground pretending I had turned and then go jump over anything I could find. I was also a fan of Teela from He-Man, so she would be my power-house backup pick. :)

Barbed-Wire Butterflies (Amazon, Barnes and Noble)

Elani Benjamin had never imagined the level of fear and uncertainty that was now a demoralizing part of her everyday life. With freedom ripped from her world, Elani must stand alongside the hundreds of other women forced into slave labor by the mysterious organization that runs The Hub. At only thirteen years of age, she must decide if she will give in to the daily atrocities surrounding her or keep fighting her courageous, emotional battle for freedom. Malnutrition, intimidation, and abuse force them all into an isolated depression that guarantees compliance. On the edge of surrender, Elani finds an ally in Eddie, a repentant long-term employee of The Hub who gives her the resolution to find a way out of her imprisonment and the hope of reclaiming her stolen freedom.

100% of all print royalties and a percentage of digital copies go to Courage Worldwide, an international, non-profit organization that is building homes around the world for children rescued out of sex trafficking.

Jessica’s Bio

Jessica has been published in several online and print magazines such as Zouch, Muse, and The Huffington Post. You can find all of Jessica’s appearances under her Press Page at JessicaKristie.com. Jessica has committed 100% of all print royalties and a percentage of digital copies and merchandise to Courage Worldwide, an international non-profit organization that is building homes around the world for children rescued out of sex trafficking.

Born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, Jessica Kristie discovered her passion for writing as a child. Along with her creative side, she works in the publishing industry, is an avid supporter of all creative souls, and hopes to draw readers into her world through shared emotion. She inspires to forgive, remember, and heal, while continuing to dedicate herself to the eradication of all forms of human trafficking.

 

About Jonathan Ryan

Jonathan Ryan is a novelist, blogger and columnist. His novel, 3 Gates of the Dead, published by Open Road Media, is in bookstores everywhere. The sequel, Dark Bride, will be out early next year along with a powerful new Young Adult Trilogy, Revolution of the Wolf and a moving middle grade series, Ghost Bear.

  • http://www.sherryfoley.com Sherry Foley

    Jonathan, Thank you for hosting Jessica Kristie with a great interview and brining attention to such a worthy cause that many aren’t aware of happening today. I myself wasn’t aware of it and LOVED Barbed-Wire Butterflies.
    Jessica, Loved this interview! This book was wonderful. Elaini Benjamin is such an endearing young girl who you just want to wrap in your arms and cherish. I love her courage. Thank you for all the work you do in bringing awareness to this cause.

    • http://www.authorjonathanryan.com Jonathan Ryan

      My pleasure, Sherry. Thanks for stopping by. Spread the word!

  • http://hemmie-writing.blogspot.co.uk Hemmie Martin

    Although I was aware Of Jessica Kristie’s commitment to this cause, I didn’t know exactly how it had come about. What an amazing story! And what an amazing group of people you all are!

    • http://www.authorjonathanryan.com Jonathan Ryan

      Thanks, Hemmie. Spread the word!

  • http://kellieelmore.com Kellie Elmore

    Great interview with one of my own personal hero’s <3

    • http://www.authorjonathanryan.com Jonathan Ryan

      Thanks for stopping in, Kellie. Spread the word!

  • http://www.richardtrevae.com Richard Trevae

    Excellent interview! I applaud your efforts in this important area of human trafficing. Of course, we know of your writing skills and to see them at work for a cause such as this is heartwarming. :-)

    • http://www.authorjonathanryan.com Jonathan Ryan

      Thanks for stopping in, Richard. Spread the word.

  • Laura Power

    Such an inspiring story in aid of a truly humbling cause!

    • http://www.authorjonathanryan.com Jonathan Ryan

      Thanks for dropping by, Laura. Spread the word!

  • S. Carpenter

    Great interview!

  • http://jessicakristie.com Jessica Kristie

    Thank you everyone for the lovely show of support and thank you Jonathan for having me! xoxo

    • http://www.authorjonathanryan.com Jonathan Ryan

      Thanks for being Justice Rogue, Jessica. You’ve helped demonstrate on of the many trans formative powers of being an artist.

  • http://www.sarahelleemm.com/ Sarah Elle Emm

    I really enjoyed reading about how the story came to Jessica and am so touched by her desire to help this cause. Thanks for sharing this interview, Jonathan. I look forward to reading Jessica’s novel!

    • http://www.authorjonathanryan.com Jonathan Ryan

      Thanks, Sarah! Share if you can.


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