J.M. Frey

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J.M. Frey
JM Frey, Author.jpg
BornJessica Marie Frey
Guelph, Ontario, Canada
OccupationNovelist, Academic
Alma materBrock University, St. Catharines; Ryerson University, Toronto; York University, Toronto
Period2011 to present
GenreSpeculative fiction, Science fiction, Dystopian fiction, Urban Fantasy, Steampunk, Romance
Notable worksTriptych, The Dark Side of the Glass, The Untold Tale (The Accidental Turn Series), The Skylark's Song (The Skylark's SAga)

Jessica Marie Frey /ˈfr/ FRY is a Canadian science fiction and fantasy author. While she is best known for her debut novel Triptych, Frey's work encompasses poetry, academic and magazine articles, screenplays, and short stories. Frey calls herself a "professional geek.".[1]

Frey has appeared at Toronto-area science fiction conventions and is involved with charity and community fan groups and initiatives. She regularly appears on radio shows, television talk shows, and podcasts discussing fandom and genre works.[2]


Frey began writing at the age of eleven. She began by writing fanfiction, which she calls her "apprenticeship to the fandom community",[3] and which led her to write original stories at the age of eighteen. Frey's academic and creative writing focused primarily on Japanese mythology, the Classics, and traditional Japanese theatre.[4] She began her first novel while at Brock University, which has not yet been published, and first began to seriously study creative writing there.

After earning her Bachelor of Arts, Dramatic Literature (honors) in 2005, Frey lived in Fukuoka, Japan for two years,[5] where she taught English as a Japanese Exchange Teacher, and worked on several other to-date-unpublished manuscripts. In 2007, Frey returned to Canada to attend Ryerson and York Universities for a Masters of Arts.

Dragon Moon Press acquired "Triptych" in late 2009[6] after Frey and the acquisitions editor Gabrielle Harbowy[7] met at a party at the Ad Astra science fiction convention. The book was released April 2011.

Frey is based in Toronto.

Critical reception[edit]

Triptych (2011) received a starred review from Publishers Weekly,[8] and was named the #3 best Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Horror book of 2011 by Publishers Weekly's Rose Fox.[9] Triptych was also nominated for the CBC Bookie Award for Science Fiction,[10] the Lambda Literary Award for Bisexual Fiction,[11] and the Lambda Literary Award for Science Fiction. Triptych won best Science Fiction Book at the 2012 San Francisco Book Festival,[12] and was given an honourable mention for Science Fiction Book at the 2012 London Book Festival.[13]

The Untold Tale (2015) was reviewed in Io9, where they compare the book to Redshirts, only "for fantasy, sort of."[14]

The Forgotten Tale (2016) was reviewed by Publishers Weekly where they call the book, "thought-provoking" for the way that it covers the stereotypes of women in fantasy novels.[15]

Frey has frequently presented an academic view on the geek scene in documentaries, podcasts, radio interviews, and television interviews.[4] Her essay, "How Fanfiction Made Me Gay," was written about in the New York Times' Women in the World series.[16]


  • (Back), SilverThought Press, Spring 2008
  • Triptych, Dragon Moon Press, April 2011
  • The Dark Side of the Glass, Double Dragon Press, June 2012
  • The Untold Tale, REUTS Publications, December 2015
  • Ghosts, REUTS Publications, April 2016
  • The Forgotten Tale, REUTS Publications, December 2016
  • Arrivals, REUTS Publications, April 2017
  • The Silenced Tale, REUTS Publications, December 2018


  1. ^ Frey, JM (2011–). "JM Frey, fanpage". JM Frey. Retrieved 2012-07-15. Check date values in: |date= (help)
  2. ^ Frey, JM. "Appearances". JMFrey.net. Retrieved 2012-07-15.
  3. ^ McCourt, DF. ""I WAS A FAN FIRST": A CONVERSATION WITH J.M. FREY". aescifi.ca. Retrieved 2012-07-15.
  4. ^ a b "JM Frey - Press Kit" (PDF). JMFrey.net. Retrieved 2012-07-15.
  5. ^ "Anime North: Featured Guests". Anime North. Retrieved 2012-07-15.
  6. ^ "Dragon Moon Press: Signed - JM Frey". Dragon Moon Press. 2009. Retrieved 2012-07-15.
  7. ^ "Gabrielle Harbowy" (Press release). SF Editors Wiki. Retrieved 2012-07-15.
  8. ^ "Triptych by JM Frey". Publishers Weekly. Retrieved 2012-07-15.
  9. ^ "The Best Books of 2011". Publishers Weekly. Retrieved 2012-07-15.
  10. ^ "Triptych is nominated for a CBC Bookie Award". Dragon Moon Press. Retrieved 2012-07-15.
  11. ^ "24th Annual Lambda Literary Award Finalists Announced". Lambda Literary Awards. Retrieved 2012-07-15.
  12. ^ "SAN FRANCISCO BOOK FESTIVAL WINNERS LIST". San Francisco Book Festival. Retrieved 2012-07-15.
  13. ^ "LONDON BOOK FESTIVAL WINNERS". London Book Festival. Retrieved 2012-07-15.
  14. ^ Anders, Charlie Jane. "All the Science Fiction and Fantasy Books You Can't Afford To Miss In December!". io9. Retrieved 2017-10-04.
  15. ^ "The Forgotten Tale: The Accidental Turn Series, book II". Publishers Weekly. Retrieved 2017-10-04.
  16. ^ "The geek girl's guide to love and sex". Women in the World in Association with The New York Times - WITW. 2015-12-07. Retrieved 2017-10-04.