Why Story Cauldron?

I love Story. And I capitalize it here to treat it like a concept, a thing bigger than “a story.” Story is the essence of who we are. In Story Cauldron I explore intriguing and quirky places where storytelling exists.

As an added feature for paid subscribers, you can also read my new serial fiction novel series, The Favor Faeries.

Why Subscribe?

Maybe you’re a creator, or maybe you just love a good book or movie. Perhaps you’re an innovator creating stories for video games or audio presentations. Regardless of how you interface with stories, you have a ravenous hunger for good storytelling.

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If you subscribe, each time I write something new, it will be delivered magically right to your inbox, so you won’t have to worry about missing anything.

Expect a mix of things that fascinate and compel me, new stuff that I find that I think is worth sharing with fellow writers and readers, and the occasional update about what I’m doing with my writing.

Be part of something cool

The special thing about storytelling is that it can’t exist in a vacuum. Writers need eager readers, and readers need their next favorite book.

By being part of the Story Cauldron, you get to be a part of the conversation and the fibers that connect us all.

Be the first to read my latest novels

Paid members of Story Cauldron get first access to my latest fiction, as well as receive an exclusive look behind the scenes.

Learn more about St. Louis

My novels are set in my hometown of St. Louis, MO—a city that is underappreciated and often even vilified. But it is also a beautiful place full of history and intrigue. Every so often I’ll be featuring a cool location in Unseen St. Louis.

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I write because I love telling stories and exploring the world around us. By becoming a paid member, you can support my writing journey and acknowledge the value you find in my work.

Who am I?

I’m Jackie Dana, a writer who loves a good story, and I want to share my insights, ideas, things I’m reading, and the cool things I’ve learned along the way.

By day, I’m a freelance writer and editor and specialize in writing articles for companies as well as editing short and long nonfiction. By night, I’m a fiction author, and I write magical novels and short stories.

I have one published novel, By Moonrise and right now I’m writing The Favor Faeries, a YA urban fantasy series about faeries who do small favors for people in exchange for trinkets and snacks. And you can follow along with the story here on Story Cauldron.

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An eclectic brew of speculative fiction and random thoughts about storytelling


As a fiction author, freelance writer, and historian, I enjoy rooting for the underdog and stirring up trouble. Unsurprisingly, my alignment is Chaotic Good. My Substacks: Unseen St. Louis, Story Cauldron, and Fictionistas.