30 Sep 2012

Author Interview - Jessica Scott

Jessica Scott is a career army officer, mother of two daughters, three cats, three dogs and two escape-artists hamsters, wife to a career NCO and wrangler of all things stuffed and fluffy. She has commanded two companies, served in Germany, Korea, Fort Hood and Iraq, and been lucky not to get fired. She is a terrible cook and an even worse housekeeper, but she’s a pretty good shot with her assigned weapon. Somehow, her children are pretty well adjusted and her husband still loves her, despite burned water and a messy house.
You can find her online at



Because of You (Book 1,  Coming Home)
From the war-torn streets of Baghdad to the bittersweet comforts of the home front, two wounded hearts navigate the battlefield of coming home from war in this explosive eBook original from newcomer Jessica Scott.

Keeping his men alive is all that matters to Sergeant First Class Shane Garrison. But meeting Jen St. James the night before his latest deployment makes Shane wonder if there’s more to life than war. He leaves for Iraq remembering a single kiss with a woman he’ll never see again—until a near fatal attack lands him back at home and in her care.

Jen has survived her own brush with death and endured its scars. And yet there’s a fire in Shane that makes Jen forget all about her past. He may be her patient, but when this warrior looks her in the eyes, she feels—for the first time in a long time—like a woman. Shane is too proud to ask for help, but for Jen, caring for him is more than a duty—it’s a need. And as Jen guides Shane through the fires of healing, she finds something she never expected—her deepest desire.

Release Date:  Out Now!


 
Until There Was You (Book 2,  Coming Home)
Link to the Goodreads Page - click here
 
Release Date:  8th October 2012

 


 
If you could work with any other author, who would it be and why?
Oh great question. There are so many fantastic authors out there. Wow. Um, I really have no idea. I’d love to work with Shawntelle Madison because she’s got a sense of humor as warped as mine. And I think I’d love to work with Nalini Singh just to learn to be a more evocative writer. She’s got a beautiful way with words. And probably Victoria Dahl because she’s funny as all get out.


What would be a typical working day for you? When and where do you write?
There isn’t really a typical working day for me. The best way for me to write is on my back porch with a cup of coffee and a song stuck in my head. I don’t know why but having a song stuck in my head really helps the writing flow. I don’t normally sit down to write until later in the evening after I get home from work and the family is put to bed.


What is the hardest part of the writing for you?
Making sure I hit those emotional notes that make people care about the characters. I rarely read a book I where I don’t connect with the characters some how and I always try to write a book where readers connect with mine.


When and why did you first start writing?  
Back in 2007, I was at Officer Candidate School at Fort Benning. I was away from my kids and my husband was on his 2nd deployment. I did a lot of hanging around in the bookstore and one day in class, I started writing. I guess you could say the rest is history.


How did you come up with the idea for the book ‘Until There Was You'?
The class that followed OCS had 2 people in it who were constantly at each other’s throats. One day one of my buddies said they should just sleep together and get it overwith and well, the idea for Evan & Claire was born.


Are you a big reader? If so, what are you reading now?
Very much so. I read a ton of non fiction. I love to read books that make me laugh so on my kindle right now is Victoria Dahl’s Close Enough to Touch and Nalini Singh’s Archangel’s Storm.
      
Do you have any advice for other aspiring writers?
Learn your craft. Don’t query until you’re ready. Follow industry folks on twitter and facebook and learn from them. there’s always more to learn. always.


 
 
To celebrate the long awaited release of Jessica's second book, she is having a super giveaway the http://www.jessicascott.net/blog/?p=2818 UNTIL THERE WAS YOU PREORDER SWEEPSTAKES all throughout September until Oct 7th!
If you preorder UNTIL THERE WAS YOU, you get entered into a chance to win a Kindle Fire or a Nook Color.


She is also giving away a digital eARC of UNTIL THERE WAS YOU to someone today!




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