This month? I have one of my fav authors to feature today, Jessica Ames! I love her and her books and I'm so excited because she's also here with an excerpt of an unnamed mafia romance!
Welcome Jessica, I'm so excited to have you with us! Are you ready to give an in depth look at your writing?
Tell us a bit about you! I write MC, contemporary and romantic suspense. I live with my dog, Myley, and I love Jason Momoa and cake.
Who or what inspired you to write? I've always loved telling stories and have done since I can remember. I don't know where it comes from, but writing is a compulsion I've never been able to shake off. If I wasn't publishing, I'd still be writing.
If you could have dinner with any 3 authors (dead or alive) who would you choose and what would you like to talk to them about? Carian Cole--I absolutely adore her books. I'd love to ask her where her ideas come from and how she creates such amazingly compelling characters. Kristen Ashley--I love KA. She's one of the first contemporary romance authors I ever read, before I found my love of MC. I'd ask her how she comes up with so many different ideas and creates such wonderful stories, and what she thinks the heart of her books are. JRR Tolkien--fantasy was what started me on my writing journey. It was a love of Lord of the Rings, which my mum used to read to me and my siblings as kids, that made me love world building and creating. I'd talk endless to Tolkien about the creation of Middle Earth and how he came up with it.
If you could recommend one book of yours to a new reader, which would you choose? Why? Snared Rider. It's where the story starts. It sets the landscape for all the Lost Saxons books that come after it. Plus, it was my first book baby. It's the book that catapulted me into this crazy adventure.
Which of your characters do you relate to most? Or which is most similar to your personality? Jem in Forbidden Rider. He wasn't hard to write at all because I mostly channelled what I would say. He's a bit sarcastic and sees a joke in everything.
What’s your favourite book you’ve written to date? Forbidden Rider. It was my favourite book so far in terms of plot and pacing, and I really love the banter between the two characters in it.
Do you talk certain scenes out with anyone to be sure they’re accurate or can be done? My parents are pretty good sounding boards for plots. I'm lucky to have such good support there. I talk a lot to my alpha reader as well. For anything health related, I go to my brother and brother-in-law as they're both medically trained.
What do you do to celebrate writing the end on a book? Is it sad that I usually take an hour to be excited, then start the next book? I probably should do more celebratory stuff, but most of the time I'm working to deadlines, so there isn't time.
What are your publishing goals for the next 6 months? I have want to publish two more Saxons books, a follow up to Sinner's Salvation and I'm part of a Girl Power Collection, which will be out in December. If I can sneak in more books, I will.
Can readers find you at any events in the future? Yes! I'm at Tattooed Bad Boys, York on the 25th April this year. I'll also be at British Book Bash and Creativity in Birmingham in 2020.
If you weren’t an author, what would you be? I'd go back to what I was doing before I started publishing--magazines and content management. I love writing no matter what it's about, and that gave me the chance to write a lot of articles on a lot of topics.
Do you have a favourite book? My favourite book changes every time I read something new. There's so many talented authors out there, putting great stories out consistently.
What are you working on now? I'm currently working on a follow up to Sinner's Salvation and a mafia book that won't be released until probably 2021.
If you had one piece of advice for a new author, what would you tell them? Don't give up. There are times when you'll feel like you're getting nowhere fast, but you just have to keep pushing through. Authoring is a difficult gig.
Do you have an excerpt from your current WIP you’d like to share? This is from my mafia WIP, which I have yet to name. Riona has been taken by the McVay brothers and this is the first interaction between Riona and Liam McVay.Her eyes roam over my face, as if taking in every inch of me to commit to memory. “If you’re going to kill me, then just do it.” “Brave words, but I’ve no intention of killing you, providing your uncles do as they’re told.” She swallows again. “And if I don’t?” I pull my mouth into a tight line. “You’ll find me unpleasant if you cross me.” “Well, I better play nice then, hadn’t I?” My lips curve upwards. “I almost hope you don’t, sweetheart.” I lean into her, my mouth scant inches from her ear. “I think I’d enjoy breaking you.” “I think you’ll find me harder to break than you imagine.” Her voice is breathy as she says the words. I pull back and meet her gaze. Then I say, “Challenge accepted.”