MY INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR JESSICA WAYNE
What’s your name and what genre would you consider your books to be?
Hi! I’m Jessica Wayne and I write both fantasy romance and contemporary romance.
Tell me about your book. How did you come up with that (story, angle, idea)?
The series I am currently working on is an epic fantasy romance that I first drafted as a teenager! Granted, with much less adult content, LOL.
How did you get interested in writing this particular genre (historical novels, mysteries, sci-fi, children’s books, etc.)?
I love to write what I love to read, which is a little bit of everything.
What kind of research did you do for this book?
I researched types of injuries/vs healing times as well as some latin names for things. The rest came from my imagination.
Can you tell me about your Series?
It follows Anastasia Carter, a woman who is finally getting a chance at a normal life until she is ripped away and tossed into another world where she is expected to fight a magical war that’s been raging for decades.
Do you have a favorite book out of this series?
This is a tough one! LOL. Probably the final book, Unity. It really portrays how she’s grown as a character and the lengths she’s willing to go in order to save those she loves.
Where did you get the inspiration/idea for your series?
I had a dream one night and it came together from there!
Was it always meant to become a series?
Yes! Although originally it was only going to be a trilogy.
What’s a typical working day like for you? When and where do you write? Do you set a daily writing goal?
I usually get up, get my kiddo ready for school, then come home, grab some breakfast and start writing! I write in 30-40 minute sprints and do housework in between.
Do you have a new book in the making and if so, what’s the name of your upcoming book?
I do! But it’s a secret 🙂
How important are character names to you in your books? Is there a special meaning to any of the names?
Some of them! For instance, Carmen in my Prophecy Series is named after my late grandmother.
Where do your ideas come from?
All over the place, lol. But my best ones pop into my head when I’m in the shower haha.
Is there a genre that you’ve been wanting to experiment with?
What is the hardest part of writing for you?
The editing! I can get that first draft down pretty easily, but the edits are harsh haha.
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’ve made a couple.
What do you consider to be your best accomplishment?
Hitting publish on that first book. It took YEARS for me to do.
What’s the best thing about being an author?
Getting to bring stories to life that will help readers escape reality.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
Hopefully on a bestseller list somewhere!
Have you always liked to write?
Yes! I’ve written tons of books all growing up. It’s always been something I wanted to do.
What writing advice do you have for aspiring authors?
Keep writing! Even when it feels like the words are crap, keep going, finish that first draft, then get going on the second 🙂
If you didn’t like writing books, or weren’t any good at it, what would you like to do for a living?
Eeeekk I don’t know. Once upon a time I made custom cakes, so maybe that?
Do you read reviews of your book(s)? Do you respond to them, good or bad? How do you deal with the bad?
I read them sometimes but I don’t typically respond unless the reader shares it on social media and tags me. I don’t let the bad get to me, everyone is entitled to their own opinion. If it’s constructive, I try to look at it objectively and grow from it.
What is your least favourite part of the writing / publishing process?
The marketing, hands down.
Can you give us a few tasty morsels from your work-in-progress?
I can’t! I’m sorry, I absolutely would if it weren’t a secret 🙂
Why did you choose to write in your genre? If you write in more than one, how do you balance them?
I write what I love to read which is romance in all forms. I am going to start releasing a fantasy trilogy and stand-alone romance each year (or at least that’s a plan). The contemporary romance break helps me to reset after writing a secondary world.
Where did your love of books come from?
My grandmother ❤
Do you have any favorite authors or favorite books?
Nora Roberts! She’s my hero 🙂 I also adore Amanda Bouchet (Nightchaser is AMAZING), and Karen Marie Moning.
Of all the characters you have created, which is your favorite and why?
Hmmmmm. Probably Paislee from Collateral Damage. Shes gone through so much and still manages to kick ass 🙂
Does writing energize or exhaust you?
Energize! if I miss a few days of writing I get grumpy, lol.
What is your writing Kryptonite?
I don’t really know… probably running out of snacks haha.
Do you try more to be original or to deliver to readers what they want?
Original. I write what I want to write, not necessarily what the ‘in’ genre is.
What other authors are you friends with, and how do they help you become a better writer?
Meg Anne is my co-author and book bestie! Writing with her definitely made me become a better writer!
If you were writing a book about your life, what would the title be?
The endless adventures of a crazy lady’s imagination HAHA.
Where can your fans find you and follow??
I have a website complete with a blog! https://www.jessicawayne.com
I am also really active on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/authorjessicawayne
And in my reader’s group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/jessicaswayneos
Thank you for taking your time to do this interview ❤️