Meet Jess Tholmer, our writer of the week!

Jessica Tholmer likes to write, read, and never do arithmetic. 

She lives on Twitter, loves her three brothers, has a cat named Jolene (like the Dolly Parton song), and knows The Simpsons / Friends like the back of her hand. Perhaps most importantly, Jess is super obsessed with Titanic and saw it about a million times in the movie theater (OK —14 times) and still hopes to marry Leonardo DiCaprio one day (even with the man bun).
 
Hometown: 
Born in Los Angeles (actually Glendale, holla), but I have been a Pacific Northwesterner since I was wee. I’ll round up and just say Seattle.
 
Where I live now:
I live in Bellingham, Washington, or as I tell people, “Seattle!” It’s about two hours north of Seattle, but no one has ever heard of it UNLESS you have a random connection to it and then you probably know everything. (Y’all can count me as a random connection.)
 
Fave book of ALL time:
I think it’s ultimately The Autobiography of Malcolm X because that book really changed how I feel as a biracial lady…but I’m not gonna pretend that Harry Potter (POA shout out) isn’t like…tied for first.
 
Person who inspires me the most: 
My big brother Daniel. (Awww / gag!) I have three brothers, but he has always been the most solid person in my life. He’s smart, which made me want to try to be smart. He reads a lot, which made me read a lot. He’s the funniest person alive, which made me laugh a lot growing up / now. There’s nothing like getting a really serious text message about Black equality and then almost immediately a text of a Kardashian meme.
 
What made me want to become a writer:
My junior year English teacher Miss Merrilyn Tucker was the first person to ever put it in my head. I could talk about this lady forever —she reminded me of an American Emma Thompson, which is why I keep thinking her name is Miss Thompson. Miss Tucker strayed from the routine curriculum and assigned all of these incredible non-stereotypically-high-school English books for us to read in class and was just an overall badass feminist. She liked my writing and made me feel like I had a real talent. Even if she was lying to me, I took it to heart!
 
Music I listen to when I write:
I have to go no lyrics, so I’m a big fan of Explosions in the Sky, though if I’m trying to be emotional, I’ll sneak some Sufjan on. Literally always Glee covers for editing, though. Hey, I am who I am.
 
Writers I look up to:
JK Rowling, obviously, but also Nora Ephron was my favorite, Cheryl Strayed, Paul Beatty, Toni Morrison, Anis Mojgani, Dave Wheeler, and I’m a huge fan of Miss Anne T. Donahue.
Favorite GIF ever:
Forever and always this. 

This is the best meme:

My favorite story I wrote for HelloGiggles is…
This is such a hard question because in three years, I have written a TON. I am going to say my favorite EINTKILF was George Costanza because Jason Alexander told me it was funny, which was the highlight of my life. My favorite non-EINTKILF piece ever was my letter to President Obama
 
…though I take a lot of pride in the piece I wrote about Ben Affleck being Batman because everyone got really mad and I was like…kind of kidding.
 
The title of my memoir would be…
I Should Have Washed My Bangs Today, and Other Bad Decisions I’ve Made in My 20s.
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