My Interview with Author Jessica Stewart!
What’s your name and what genre would you consider your books to be?
Jessica Stewart, my books so far have been mystery, but I have been dabbling in scifi, which I am very excited about.
Tell me about your book. How did you come up with that (story, angle, idea)?
I ran out of books to read when I was on the truck with my husband, I wrote Chapter 1 in 20 minutes. That was the easy part, then I’m sitting there with a woman, the detective that worked the case of her husband’s death, and after two years she learns he is still alive. It was a very fun process!
How did you get interested in writing this particular genre (historical novels, mysteries, sci-fi, children’s books, etc.)?
Honestly it was the genre it happened to fall in, my current wips are a variety of genres, but I have a feeling that scifi will be my main genre.
What kind of research did you do for this book?
Tons of medical research, detective lingo, and police and emt.
Can you tell me about your Series?
Between Hurt and Happiness and After Hurt and Happiness – Revenge, follows a woman and every trial she has faced, each time she finds happiness the punishment life gives her is more severe. Her strength is tested more than seems possible, it is full of unimaginable twists and turns.
Do you have a favorite book out of this series?
My first book for sure, but it is my very first book, so I’m biased. But I have been told the second is even better.
Where did you get the inspiration/idea for your series?
Life, except I must take credit for my twisted/scary mind. Hahaha
Was it always meant to become a series?
Actually no, it was meant to be one book. Many people asked about a second book, and I kept telling them there isn’t one in the works, but maybe eventually.
But all that talk got me thinking, and I had the perfect story in mind, so there was a second book. But that is it, it is finale, there will be no more books, but I can’t say some of the characters won’t show up in other books 😉
What’s a typical working day like for you? When and where do you write? Do you set a daily writing goal?
Honestly, I write when I can, but on the weekends is when I do most of my writing, it’s nothing for me to be typing till 4a.m. During the week I might push out 1 chapter, or 10 it just depends on how busy I get.
Do you have a new book in the making and if so, what’s the name of your upcoming book?
I am working on several books actually, my ADD takes control, and I let it hahaha. I am working on the Eradication Series: Dissemination It is a zombie series, I am having a lot of fun writing it! My other scifi I am working on is Nortbetron. Fiction: Comatose, Untouchable.
How important are character names to you in your books? Is there a special meaning to any of the names?
Character names are very important, they might be plain names, but they fit the characters. I will change a name half way through if it doesn’t fit other names in the book. The only name so far that has any meaning is from Between Hurt and Happiness, Samuel Johnson, Samuel is my husbands middle name, and Johnson is his mother’s maiden name, so both reflect him.
What is the hardest part of writing for you?
Staying on task with one book, what I’m feeling at the moment has a lot to do with which book I’m writing in, the only time I stay with one is when it is very close to being finished.
What do you think of book trailers? Do you have a trailer or do you intend to create one for your own book?
I have one trailer for Between Hurt and Happiness, I am planning on making trailers for the remainder of my books, we will see.
What’s the best thing about being an author?
Writing! Bringing characters that never existed to life, unraveling their stories, and being surprised when the characters become something you never intended.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
In my 40’s, hahaha. Hopefully retired, living on the road with my husband, writing day and night. Atleast that is my dream.
Have you always liked to write?
I wrote poetry my whole life, the written word has always been easier for me. I have always loved to read, every and any genre, writing my own books now is amazing, I surprise myself.
What writing advice do you have for aspiring authors?
Keep writing, even if you don’t think it’s very good, or you get stuck, keep writing. Sometimes even one sentence can bring you everything you need to fill the gaps, and editors can help tremendously 😉
If you didn’t like writing books, or weren’t any good at it, what would you like to do for a living?
I am a CNA, and I have dabbled in photography. So as long as I am helping someone have a better quality of life, or showing the world a different perspective of beauty, I would be happy.
Do you read reviews of your book(s)? Do you respond to them, good or bad? How do you deal with the bad?
Yes I do, I love reviews! Good or bad, it is only an opinion, which everyone is entitled to. Of course good ones put me on cloud nine, but I do not linger on the bad. What’s done is done, store it away and keep it in mind for my next book.
What is your least favourite part of the writing / publishing process?
Can you give us a few tasty morsels from your work-in-progress?
-Norbetron- Shinshi breathed in a ragged breath as she stepped out of her quarters, and in line with the others. Watching all the excitement surrounding her made her
feel empty. Being in the presence of the Elders had always brought comfort, but tonight she felt the twinge of fear. She climbed the stairs and walked through the doorway. Her hands in a tight fist at her sides, she saw her mother already sitting with her siblings, this will be the first time in 20 years she isn’t able to be with her. Her mother smiled sweetly, but Shinshi saw a glimpse of despair in her eyes. The further she got to the front, the louder the whispers grew, she heard quiet taunts aimed towards her, unmarked, too incompetent for obligation. Her cheeks grew warm as she tried to swallow the lump in her throat, she paused at the children waiting to be marked, bowing to then respectfully. She heard gasps fill the room as she pressed on, going up the staircase to the Elders. Both of them stood, each greeting her with a kiss to the forehead, then they donned her with a robe much like their own, then they motioned for her to sit.
Do you have any favorite authors or favorite books?
James Patterson, and Dean Koontz are my favorite authors. It is rather difficult to pick favorite books, I love them all!
Of all the characters you have created, which is your favourite and why?
I think Evan Hibbert is my favorite, yeah he completely screwed up, was always doing the absolute wrong thing, but he learned so much from his experiences. Because of everything he had gone through, he had a real understanding of life, and what family means.
Does writing energize or exhaust you?
Energize, energize, energize!!!!!
What is your writing Kryptonite?
My phone, hahaha, honestly there is just so much to do, take pictures, talk to friends and family, Pinterest, and facebook stalk everyone to see what they have been up to.
Do you try more to be original or to deliver to readers what they want?
Original, giving readers exactly what they want would make books too similar, they want to be surprised.
What other authors are you friends with, and how do they help you become a better writer?
I am part of an amazing group of authors, they are my rock, if anyone has a question someone is bound to have an answer.
Where can your fans find you and follow??
Facebook Author Page https://www.facebook.com/ilovewritingnovels/
Thank you for taking your time to do this interview ❤