Luscious gets to know Jessica Jayne
What’s up folks,
Happy Tuesday! I sit here totally pleased to introduce you to an awesome new author. Well she’s new to me and actually fairly close to home. I was stoked when I realized that too. Please say hello to Jessica Jayne, she sat down with me and filled me in. She’s a fun writer that I believe will be a great addition to the writing community. Plus she brought me a pretty to show off. The other ladies at Luscious had to wrench from my hands since I wanted to pet it but that okay, I’ll get them back later. *leans in and whispers* But I will gladly show it to y’all. Take a look below at her interview and keep reading to see her cover art and red the excerpt.
What’s your snack of choice for a hardcore writing session?
Hmmm… favorite snack?! Trail mix with chocolate chips, of course! J
2. What is your favorite book on the craft of writing?
Stein on Writing by Sol Stein
3. What do you like best (or least) about writing?
My favorite aspect of actual writing is getting all the voices out of my head. There are some stories that truly live out in my head. I have been known to recite scenes out loud in the car. Sometimes a conversation between two characters will be rambling around in my head. I practice the dialogue out loud so that I can hear the words and see if the conversation is believable. Often I have to recite it several times until I feel I got it right. Then I pull over and jot it down in my notebook. Later, I sit down and type out the scene. It feels good to get the conversation on paper (errr… screen)! 😉
My least favorite part of writing is having a day where it feels like nothing I write is any good. You need those days, I realize that! But it can be so frustrating to have three hours to write in peace and quiet (which is a commodity in my house) and not be able to get anything you feel is good enough.
4. What do you read when you’re not writing?
For the most part, I read in the same genre in which I write…erotic or sensual romances. I was told by some very good authors that in order to become a better writer in your particular genre, you need to immerse yourself in it and read as much of it as you can. So, I do. And I enjoy it (and my husband seems to enjoy that I enjoy it so much too)! 😉
But when I need a break from the romance, you can find me reading a classic by one of the Bronte sisters or Ernest Hemingway or an exciting suspense novel. Occasionally, I’ll dive into a biography or a history book. One always needs to challenge the brain!
5. Describe your workspace.
Haha! My workspace varies because I write where I can. If I’m at home, I work at a small desk. Papers may be scattered across the desk and nearby floor. Sometimes I have to write on the go. I have three children, so I’m rarely in one place for too long. I’ve written on my laptop or in a notebook at soccer, dance and cheerleading practices, and on the way to Legoland. I’ve laid out on a blanket at the beach and outlined a few stories. So my workspace is not always the same!
6. Favorite quote?
I have two! J
If nothing ever changed, there would be no butterflies.
Just when the caterpillar thought the world was over, it became a butterfly.
In life, we often resist change. Sometimes it’s because we think things are the way they should be. Sometimes it’s because we are afraid or nervous about the unknown. To me, these quotes symbolize that there is plenty of good to come from change. Sometimes we just have to open ourselves up to the possibilities. Don’t we all want to be butterflies?!
7. What’s your favorite romantic comedy and why?
High Fidelity with John Cusack. First of all, I LOVE John Cusack. (Who didn’t love Say Anything?) Second, the cast is unbelievable: Jack Black, Tim Robbins, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Joan Cusack, Lisa Bonet, Iben Hjejle, Lili Taylor. But mostly, it’s a rare glimpse into relationships from a male’s perspective. It’s a story about a guy, Rob, who just can’t seem to figure out what he wants in life. He’s been in several relationships over his life, but at some point, they all just don’t work out. In the midst of his most recent breakup, Rob looks back on his relationships to see where it all went wrong. Great music. Big laughs. And a realistic romantic story.
8. What’s the one place you’d most like to visit someday?
I’m a traveler at heart! And I have been a lot of places already in my life. I don’t have only one place that I’d most like to visit. To narrow the world down to just one place is impossible… at least for me. But on my short places of where I’ve never been: Ireland, England, Wyoming and North Dakota!
9. Have you ever disliked one of your characters?
Yes, I have. They are not usually the main characters, but there has been a time or two where I thought “Wow! She’s a real bitch!” Haha! It’s amazing how your characters sometimes take on a life of their own and you find yourself reading through a scene and wondering how that happened!
10. What are you working on next?
My WIP list is growing dramatically. I am in the process of creating a sequel to my first novella, More Than Friends. Most of the readers and reviewers have asked for more of Jeni and Brian’s story. So, I am working on that now.
I am also working on a Florida cowboy series. The first book has been bouncing around in my head for almost six months now. I’ve got scenes jotted down all over the place now. The series is going to be about three brothers that are working their family citrus farm. I’m thinking there will be three books… one for each brother. I am still flushing everything out, so don’t hold me to anything just yet… please! But I do promise that the Hayworth brothers will be super sexy and swoon-worthy!
Meet the author
Hometown: A little town an hour outside of Cleveland J
Hobbies: Watching the Ohio State Buckeyes play football J Running races. Making photo books to capture the year with family and friends. Making wine… I am a founding member of the F.O.O.L.s wine club! J
Favorite indulgence: Chocolate (and lots of it) and a good glass of Zinfandel wine from Dry Creek Valley
Gracelyn Riley married a firefighter. She knew that came with risks. But she never imagined herself widowed in her early thirties with two children to care for on her own.
As a fireman, Matt Riley was at the scene when his brother, Chad, was killed. He suffered greatly from survivor’s guilt and depression after the accident.
The last year has been difficult for both Gracelyn and Matt. They’ve relied on each other to get through the tough times. With the anniversary of Chad’s death upon them, Gracelyn and Matt once again turn to each other for comfort and support. They find it in each other’s arms (and bed). Will their desire for each other consume them? Can they overcome the guilt and scrutiny to find love again…together?
“He wasn’t the perfect husband,” Gracelyn said. “I learned about the women. I was so angry with him. So angry. He risked our marriage and our family for a few hot fucks. One of the hardest things I ever did was tell him to leave our home… that I needed to separate from him so I could sort it out on my own. And then, a week later he is gone… for good. I felt so guilty. I loved him. I really did. And he was a great father. I miss him.” Tears started to flow down her face.
“I miss him too,” Matt said. He gave her hand a squeeze. “Gracey, I know you loved him. He knew you loved him. I know he made mistakes in your relationship, but he did love you… a lot… even if he didn’t always show it properly. And he was going to work his ass off to save your marriage.” Matt wiped her tears away with the back of his hand.
“This is just so hard, Matty. Raising Jenna and Josh on my own. It’s a big responsibility when both parents are around, but on my own… I feel like I am screwing everything up,” she cried. “Shit around the house that he would normally take care of sometimes falls by the way side because I forget about it… like the trash. And then I see it sitting there and get mad that he isn’t here to take the trash out or mow the lawn or help the kids with their math homework. He was always better with math than I was. Not to mention, I feel so damn alone.” She looked up at him. Her blue eyes sparkled through her tears.
“You know you can always count on me,” Matt said. He put his arms around her and cradled her. “I’ll help with Jenna and Josh as much as I can. And you know Mom and Pop will always be here to help too. And when I don’t have Brian on the weekend, I can be here to do whatever you need…like I have been.”
“I can’t ask you to do more than you already do,” she said. “You already do so much… too much. You attend the kids’ events and games. You help take care of the yard… fix the little things around the house… make sure my car is always up and running. You need to have a life. You can’t spend your free time taking care of your brother’s widow all the time.”
“Gracey, you are more than just Chad’s widow. You’re family. And you have always been a friend. You’ve been a tremendous support for me. I wouldn’t have made it through this last year without you. I will do whatever I can to help you. You know that. We’ve helped each other through this last year and I’m not abandoning you now. I’ll always be here for you.”
“I just don’t want to be alone anymore,” she cried into his shoulder. Her hands gripped his t-shirt desperately. Matt held her tight. Tears welled in his own eyes. The past year had been difficult for everyone, especially Gracelyn. But she’d always stayed strong…whether for the kids, for everyone else or for herself.
They had shared tears together over the last year, but he had only witnessed her completely break down twice. First, when she found out about the accident. Matt wouldn’t let anyone else break the news to her. He had been at the scene when the accident happened. Several firefighters had to restrain him to keep him from rushing back into the collapsing building to get to his brother. The fire chief wanted to tell Gracelyn about Chad’s death, but Matt refused that as an option. He and Gracelyn were close and he did not want her to find out from anyone other than him, so he rode with the chief to her house. She knew the minute she opened the front door and saw him standing in his turnout pants, t-shirt and suspenders with his face all smudged black from the smoke and his own tears. She collapsed in his arms when he confirmed it. And then when they buried Chad, Gracelyn broke down for the last time… at least in front of anyone else. Maybe she sobbed every night in the shower or lying in bed by herself. But he had not seen it. The sight of her in his arms now… it just broke his heart.