Jess Hagemann is an award-winning author and accomplished biographer. With an MFA in Creative Writing, Jess taught writing at the university level before starting Cider Spoon Stories in 2015. The first memoir she ever ghostwrote was her Grandpa Jack’s, about his years as a Kansas state arson investigator. Jack passed away just days after finishing the project; his wife says it gave him the peace he needed to let go, knowing his story was set down and he would not be forgotten.
Cider Spoon Stories takes its name from Jess’s midwestern roots. She grew up in a time and place where people sat in rocking chairs on the front porch, sharing stories over mugs of hot apple cider. Those memories feel warm, safe, and intimate: exactly the kind of experience that Cider Spoon Stories replicates.