J L Pawley, known as Jess to her fans, is a young author from New Zealand. Her experiments in self-publishing gained over 1.5 million reads on Wattpad, and earned the attention of the Eunoia Publishing Group and Steam Press in 2016. She earned her Master's degree in English with first class honours in 2017, with her original research focusing on the development of social reading communities in interactive ebooks on platforms such as Wattpad and Kindle. She also holds a Bachelor's degree in Media Studies, and a diploma in creative writing.
She has worked as a teacher assistant at high school and university level, as well as for the Auckland public libraries, and is now a full-time writer.