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Jessica is the author of the controversial novels ‘By the Grace’ and the sequel ‘Temptations’. ShelfBloom Publishing called her work “riveting, gripping, raw, real” citing that she has challenged the idea of the traditional church.
An Alabama USA native, Jessica worked as a journalist for over ten years before publishing her first novel. Jessica is a graduate from The University of Alabama with a degree in Journalism and Creative Writing. She lives in the USA with her two sons.
Ramona: How many books have you written so far – name them one by one
Jessica: The first was By the Grace, followed by Temptations and the latest is a novel called Settlers. I have also served as a ghost writer on a few projects.
Ramona: What’s the name of your latest book, and let us know more about it
My novel, Settlers, will be available in February 2019. It is a truly interesting ride. It’s a story of desperation and hope and yes, of love. And, I must thank some of people in my life for this beautiful story. You see, I have friends in just about every age group, 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s and even 60s. And in spending time with them, I realized that some of them have some pretty interesting love lives. But they all share a common goal, as most of us do – the quest to not be alone. I wondered what would happen if I take the issues from this person and give it to this kind of character and vice versa. I kinda wanted to scramble their lives and see what would happen. And what developed was Settlers, a fascinating story that unfolded in ways I didn’t plan, but it worked out like life…unexpectedly.
Ramona: Being an author, how susceptible are you to getting recognized on the street?
Jessica: I fly way under the radar! I don’t care for a lot of attention for myself, only my work. But, I’m likely to be found anywhere. I get bored very easily, so I will pop up just to try something different. But I am always hiding in the crowd away from the spotlight!
Ramona: Did you ever have a rough patch in writing, where nothing in the story seemed to fit or make sense?
Jessica: I believe every writer will have this problem. Yes, I have several times. When it happens, I just move away from it. If it is meant to happen, it will happen. If not, it will not.
Ramona: How do you think concepts such as Kindle, and e-books have changed the present or future of reading?
Jessica: E-books are a blessing and a curse. Personally, I love to hold my physical paper book. I have books in every room in my house. I have bookshelves stuffed with books. I love them. Also, e-books have been a blessing because it gives us access to books instantly. I have several e-books. There have been many occasions where I heard about a book and the next thing you know, a couple of clicks later, I have the book I want. Sadly, I do believe electronic books will replace our books. I hope not, but it’s inevitable.
Ramona: What weather inspires you the most, in terms of bringing out your literary best?
Jessica: Spring! It is murder on my allergies, but I love spring! Things are new. The weather is perfect for me to go outside with my laptop and just write.
Ramona: What is that dream goal you want to achieve?
Jessica: I would love to be able to just write, create and collaborate with other writers I admire. Do nothing else, just create. Then share that world with others so that they see the beauty. That would be a dream come true for me.
Ramona: If you could tell your younger writing self anything, what would it be?
Jessica: I would tell her to follow her own path, especially if it is away from the crowd.
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