Hello Jessica Lee. Thank you to taking the time to stop by. I am honored to have you here.
Thanks so much, Marissa. It’s my pleasure and a delight to have been invited.
To start would you mind telling the readers a little about yourself?
Let’s see, I’m a nurse turned stay-at-home mom, turned romance author. lol I never thought I possessed enough creativity to be an author. Science had always been something that came easy for me. But I’m so grateful to have had the opportunity to stay home with my son these last few years and thus explore my creative side, because I truly feel I’ve found my passion. This year, I officially retired from nursing after 24yrs. ( I was really young when I started. *wink*)
Today is the release of All She Wants 4 Christmas, what can you tell us about it?
ASW4C is a short story about a couple whose relationship has stagnated. Monica has grown restless with her perfectly organized life and is in desperate need of something more. Dane thinks he has all he will ever need in his vanilla sex world. Until one night when he witnesses a glimpse of what he’s been missing—a visual image that rocks his world and changes everything.
What inspired you to write erotica with a Christmas theme?
Breathless Press put out a submissions call for Naughty or Nice Christmas themed manuscripts. And as you can see, when Monica and Dane’s story came to mind, I went for the naughty road. lol
You write a couple different genres, do you have a favorite? Is it hard to switch from writing one genre to another?
I would have to say my favorite is erotic paranormal. Karen Marie Moning, JR Ward, and Lora Leigh were a huge inspiration for me, so the paranormal world will always have a place near and dear to my heart.
I wouldn’t say it’s difficult to switch to different genre, but when you go from the paranormal world to a contemporary, normal human world, it does have its restrictions. You don’t have the benefit of shifting your hero into a bird or wolf to save your heroine from the enemy. LOL There are rules you have to follow. That’s one of the main reasons I adore writing in the paranormal genre: you can make up your own.
Where do you get your ideas for the stories you write?
Wow, I wish I knew, because I’d tap into that source and never let go. They just come to me at the strangest times. The idea for Bloodlines popped into my head while driving home from dropping my son off at preschool. I called up my good friend and critique partner on my cell and was like “what do you think about this?”
Do you have any advice for aspiring authors?
I’ve been asked this question in the past, and my answer is this: choose wisely on what you decide to spend your money on. There are a lot of workshops, contest, and all kinds of things out there that will promise to help you become a better writer, or get your name out there. But be careful. Think before you spend your money. Ask yourself, what am I really going to get out of this? Is this truly going to give me what I need to perfect my craft?
I spent way too much money on some things that didn’t pay off. If I had to go back, I would have put a little more thought into some of the contests I’d participated in, and some of the workshops and books I chose to purchase.
Workshops are fantastic. I learned so much through them. But there are a lot of them out there. My advice is to think before you spend. If you can, get some private opinions from others on what instructors and classes worked for them.
What was the adjustment like when you started working from home after being a nurse for twenty-four years?
I was so ready for a break that it was an easy transition. LOL But it does take a lot more discipline to make things happen when you have the whole day. Very easy to procrastinate. But at the same time, you never get away from work. If you allow it, the job can totally consume you morning, noon, and night. You have to find your balance.
When did you know that you wanted to be a writer? Was your family and friends supportive?
As I mentioned earlier, it’s so odd, but I had never considered being a writer. But once I did, the writing bug bit me hard. lol My family is supportive in that they’re proud at what I’ve accomplished, but they (not my husband) would much rather that I wrote something other than erotic.
My husband is wonderfully supportive. If not for him, I would have never completed my first book.
Who inspired you the most to follow your dreams of being a writer?
Within my family, my husband, most definitely. In the business, probably Karen Marie Moning for her talent at spinning the most beautiful words, and Sherrilyn Kenyon’s for her success story. She’s an incredible woman with an incredible tale of perseverance.
What is the writing process like for you? Do you have a particular writing process or any writing rituals?
My favorite time and place to write is in my bed late at night with my lap tray and netbook. Pair that with a either have a hot cup of tea or coffee and maybe a little chocolate for inspiration.
In your free time what can you be found doing?
I’ll admit it… Yes, I do love my soap operas. *wink* Young and the Restless followed by The Bold and the Beautiful. I record those, and when I need a break, I enjoy the escape into their worlds. My guilty pleasure. Hehe
What are you currently working on? Anything you can share regarding your current Work in Progress?
Currently, I’m working on the third installment to my Warriors of the Enclave series.
Is there anything else you would like to share with us?
If you enjoyed Bloodlines that recently came out on November 26th, you’ll be happy to know a short follow-up to Evin and Mason’s story is due out on February 11, 2011, Make Me: A KinKaid Wolf Pack Story.
Thanks again for allowing to stop by today, Marissa. It’s been great!
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