MY INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR JESSICA WAYNE!
What’s your name and what genre would you consider your books to be?
Hi! My name is Jessica Wayne and I write Romantic Fantasy and Romantic Suspense.
Tell me about your book. How did you come up with that (story, angle, idea)?
Which one? LOL! I most recently released Collateral Damage, which is a spinoff of one of the characters from A Tethered Duet. I came up with the storyline as I was writing Broken Tether, which appears in the Duet.
How did you get interested in writing this particular genre (historical novels, mysteries, sci-fi, children’s books, etc.)?
I’ve always loved to read a little bit of everything. Contemporary, Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Historical, and Paranormal. Once I started writing, I knew I wanted to write a little bit of everything.
What kind of research did you do for this book?
I researched into artifacts and the way they are dated. I also looked into historical event timelines.
Can you tell me about your Series?
I have two series out. One is my Prophecy Series which weighs heavily in the fantasy genre, with a best friends to lovers romance tossed in. It follows my main character, Anastasia, who grows up in an abusive home not thinking she is worth much. She is rescued by a sorcerer who takes her to another world parallel to our own.
Her best friend and neighbor, Dakota, searches for her until they cross paths again ten years later.
It’s a story of turning tragedy into fuel to propel you towards your destiny.
My other series is straight romantic suspense, and follows a group of people trying to break down the corruption in their cities. It’s titled The Bastards of Corruption (which Amazon HATES by the way LOL. They won’t let me run AD’s since it’s considered ‘profanity’) and contains two books so far, although it will be a four book series.
Do you have a favorite book out of this series?
I think my favorite (so far) is The Sorceress(The Prophecy Series).
Where did you get the inspiration/idea for your series?
When I was a teenager I wrote the first draft (granted with much less adult content). It was just a story that popped into my head one day!
What kind of research did you do for this book?
Honestly, not much. It all came from my head LOL. I did look into different Latin words and meanings.
Was it always meant to become a series?
Not at first, but eventually it became a trilogy and now a 6 book series.
What’s a typical working day like for you? When and where do you write? Do you set a daily writing goal?
I have a schedule that I follow that allows me to make time for everything. I get up at 5:30 and have coffee as I’m going through e-mails and all that great stuff.
Then I work until about eight which is typically when my littles get up, and we have breakfast. I try to wrap my day up by four each afternoon.
Do you have a new book in the making and if so, what’s the name of your upcoming book?
I am working on a co-write project with Fantasy Author Meg Anne, and I am also working on The Prophecy, which is the fourth book in The Prophecy Series.
How important are character names to you in your books? Is there a special meaning to any of the names?
The only character that I gave a special name is Carmen. She is in The Prophecy Series and is named after my late Grandmother.
Where do your ideas come from?
The voices in my head? LOL
Is there a genre that you’ve been wanting to experiment with?
What is the hardest part of writing for you?
Editing. I despise it.
Oh, and blurb writing LOL.
What do you think of book trailers? Do you have a trailer or do you intend to create one for your own book?
I love them! I made a couple for my books and you can watch them on my website (www.jessicawayne.com)
What do you consider to be your best accomplishment?
Learning marketing. It’s been a challenge and sticking with doing it myself has not been easy LOL.
What’s the best thing about being an author?
Reading the positive reviews or having people tell me how much my stories meant to them.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
Hopefully on the USA Today best sellers list! Or having lunch with Nora Roberts, I would totally love that.
Have you always liked to write?
Yes! I’ve been writing as long as I could hold a pencil.
What writing advice do you have for aspiring authors?
Just keep writing. Don’t give up.
If you didn’t like writing books, or weren’t any good at it, what would you like to do for a living?
I think I would like to be a teacher. I was in the Army National Guard for 7 years, and my favorite part was instructing the new recruits. So I think I would want to teach.
Do you read reviews of your book(s)? Do you respond to them, good or bad? How do you deal with the bad?
I do read them! I don’t typically respond to any though. As far as the bad ones, if they are constructive I try to take whatever it is and learn from it. And if they are just mean, well, I ignore them LOL.
What is your least favourite part of the writing / publishing process?
Can you give us a few tasty morsels from your work-in-progress?
I don’t want to do that only because it’s the fourth book in the series, BUT I can tell you that sh** really hits the fan in this one!
Why did you choose to write in your genre? If you write in more than one, how do you balance them?
I didn’t really find a balance between the genres until recently. Now, I am trying to wrap up my series’ and will probably alternate between the genres for releases.
Where did your love of books come from?
My grandmother. She was an avid reader and introduced me at a young age.
Do you have any favorite authors or favorite books?
My favorite authors include Nora Roberts, Karen Marie Moning, Amanda Bouchet, and Raye Wagner!
Of all the characters you have created, which is your favourite and why?
Anastasia is my favorite. She comes from such a rough background and still manages to kick some a$$.
Does writing energize or exhaust you?
It energizes me. Marketing is the exhausting part LOL.
What is your writing Kryptonite?
Hmmmm…. Facebook. Nothing breaks my motivation like surfing through Facebook.
Do you try more to be original or to deliver to readers what they want?
Original. I tend to not write with the trends (not that there’s anything wrong with it!) I just can’t come up with an idea unless it’s something I want to write about.
What other authors are you friends with, and how do they help you become a better writer?
I have quite a few author friends! My author twin is Meg Anne though 🙂 She’s great and keeps me motivated!
If you were writing a book about your life, what would the title be?
The Exhausted Mom LOL
What question have you always wanted to be asked in an interview? How would you answer that question?
Ooohhh this is a good one! Ummmm I have no idea LOL.
Where can your fans find you and follow??
I’m super active all over social media and check my e-mails often! So you guys can reach me at:
Facebook page→ http://www.facebook.com/AuthorJessicaWayne
Readers group→ http://www.facebook.com/groups/jessicaswayneos
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Thank you for taking your time to do this interview ❤️
Thank you so much for having me!!