Good morning. It’s Meet and Greet Monday!
With us today is Romance Author, Jessica Subject.
Hello everyone! Thank you so much, Kacey, for having me!
What do you hope Santa leaves you under the tree this year?
Clothes and books. My needs are pretty simple.
Tell us, what’s the first thought that comes to your head when you read the following words…
Romance … happily ever afters.
Winter … snow. I’ve already had enough.
Vacation … I need one of those.
Dean Winchester … He’s from Supernatural, right? ***Kacey flails… OMG! Oh no she didn’t!!*** LOL
Wolverine … A sexy superhero.
Tell us a bit about yourself. Where do you live, do you have a significant other, any little writers running around your house?
Right now, I’m a stay-at-home mom, with another part-time job besides writing. I am married to my own hero, with two kids. The oldest does write, but she loves to read and draw even more. Plus, she does well in math. Right and left brained. 🙂 The youngest loves to read, but he’s not into writing yet. We’ll see when they get older.
Did you always want to be an author?
No. I always enjoyed reading and writing, but I had so many occupations I wanted to try growing up. And I ended up going to university for marketing. When I realized that wasn’t what I wanted to do, I tried communications studies. It took another ten years before I found what I loved to do. Though, I’d been writing fiction and non-fiction all along.
No matter the story, where do you always draw inspiration from when you begin each story?
There are so many things that inspire me, whether music, a news article I read, a picture, a conversation, or just my family. Each story truly is different. But before I begin any story, I plot it out in the shower. That is the best place for me to think and plan. But don’t tell my hubby, as he is trying to reduce our hydro bill. 😉
Name one quirk you have.
I chew a lot of gum. I do it to prevent grinding my teeth together, which leads to a sore jaw and a headache.
What do you like to do for fun and relax?
Besides reading, and walking, I also do yoga. I started in September, and I’ve become a tad more flexible than when I began.
What are you a collector of?
I collect books. In print and ebooks. Oh, and pens, but I throw them out once they run out of ink.
Have you read any books that have made you cry?
Yes, I’ve read quite a few. The author who comes to mind who makes me cry the most is D.L. Jackson.
What book – print or e-book – is sitting on top of your to be read pile that you are eager to read?
I have to pick just one? Oh gosh! In print, I have an ARC of The Ophelia Prophecy by Sharon Lynn Fisher to read. In ebooks? There are so many. I think I need to take a week off from everything to just read. Maybe over the holidays.
Where have you travelled that you’d love to return? What made it so special the first time?
All the places that come to mind have waterfalls. Owen Sound, North Bay, Canyon Ste-Anne. Sure, I had fun visiting other attractions there, but the waterfalls make me remember the places that much more.
If you were given an all-expense paid, five day/night trip to anywhere, where would you go?
If the kids were with us, Walt Disney World. If they weren’t, Hawaii.
What is your one pet peeve about the writing business?
Someone is always complaining about the way someone else does things.
What do you find most challenging about writing?
Mostly, finding enough time to get as much writing in as I’d like.
What is your favorite section in the current book you’re writing?
Okay, so the two stories I’m writing are not even close to being finished. Here’s the beginning of Always Her Wingman, a new adult futuristic romance:
Forty years ago, long before my birth, Earth intercepted a signal from space. It had originated from twenty light years away, the Gliese 581 system. A greeting, we assumed. Proof of other intelligent life in the universe.
We sent a message back, one of peace. And now Earth waits anxiously for a response.
Around the same time, the first colony was established on Mars. But with the extraterrestrial message, panic ensued. Our people were out there all alone, with no military protection.
And so the SMP, space military presence, was born.
Note From Jessica:
I have a confession to make. I don’t take my kids to see Santa. Okay, so I’ve taken then a couple of times in their life, but I actually try to avoid it.
Why? There are so many reasons. First of all, it’s cold and flu season up here, and Santa is coughed, sneezed, and who-knows-what-other-bodily-fluids-ed on. Can we say germ factory? School is bad enough.
Then there’s the standing in line. I’ve done enough of that in my life. Heck, I went to Wilfred Laurier University (WLU), which we used to joke stood for We Line Up. And my kids don’t do well in lines either. I don’t know many kids that do.
When younger, my son was terrified of Santa. When we were at the mall, he would take the L-O-N-G way around the Santa area. And I’m not going to make a screaming kid sit on Santa’s knee. I am NOT one of those parents.
And let’s not enough talk about the price of the pictures. I mean, why else would we go to see Santa? School pictures aren’t even that expensive.
So, what do we do? We write letters to Santa. Here in Canada, Canada Post has a program where kids can write to Santa at the North Pole, and Santa writes back. My kids love getting their letters from Santa, and it’s a much better keepsake than a picture where one kid is screaming or struggling to leave.
How about you? Do you take your kids to see Santa? Or do you go and visit Santa yourself?
He fills her with forbidden longing…
Widowed for over a year, Sera longs for the company of her younger, sexier neighbor, the one man she can never have—unless she plans to rob the cradle. It’s too dangerous…
She’s the only one for him…
Adam never wanted to settle down…until Sera. But even when her children give him the green light, he must prove age is an alien concept…
Will Sera give him a chance, or will Adam be left in the cold, never more than her alien admirer?