Welcome Jessica E. Subject back to my blog! She is here answering a few questions, as well as imparting some advice, and also letting us in on her audio tour for her book, Beneath the Starry Sky. 🙂
1. Are you a plotter or a pantster?
Thank you for having me, Gina! I’m a recovering pantser. I used to pants everything. Now, I only pants super short stories. I’m working to make my stories longer with each one, so I’m plotting now. I’m not an intense plotter though. Some of the templates I’ve seen for plotting scare me. I took a workshop through RWA with Stephanie Bond, and loved the plot outline she used. It’s the one I stick to, though, I do often make changes from the original as I delve further into the story.
2. What inspired Beneath a Starry Sky?
Beneath the Starry Sky was my second 1Night Stand story. Readers meet Tamara in my first, Celestial Seduction, but only as a secondary character. I wanted to write her story. Having alopecia areata, she had her only problems to deal with.
3. Name three things on your desk.
A mug that I received from Kate Richards and Valerie Mann. It holds pens and highlighters, and also egg carton flowers that my son made for me. Does that count as one or three? LOL I also have a stack of writing notebooks, as I generally write the first draft of all my stories in a notebook. I also have a pile of articles that I printed out. Some are writing craft related, while others might be inspiration for a future story.
4. How do you write your novels? Do you have a formula or do you just jump on in there and go?
I used to jump in and go. Now, I use the plotting worksheet that Stephanie Bond provided in her workshop. Sometimes I’ll create a Pinterest board for the new project, and maybe even a playlist ahead of time.
5. What writing advice would you give to new romance novelists that would have helped you as a newbie?
There are so many things I know now that I wish I’d known as a newbie. Some of them, I just learned this past weekend. I guess the most important thing is to be always learning. No one knows any part of this business inside and out because the industry is always changing. So, be willing to learn, in your craft, your genre, making your stories marketable, and in marketing itself. Because what works once, may not work the next time.
Beneath the Starry Sky ~ An Audio Book!
A 1Night Stand story
By Jessica E. Subject
Narrated by Audrey Lusk
Erotic Contemporary Romance
Left at the altar with bald patches on her head and her self-confidence stripped away, Tamara Johnson must pick up the pieces of her life and face her Alopecia Areata, the autoimmune disease causing her hair to fall out. She is convinced no man will date a bald woman and arranges a one-night stand through Madame Evangeline’s popular service, 1Night Stand. With her new wig held firmly in place, Tamara arrives at the Castillo Hotel in Las Vegas for a night of passion and pleasure. Anything more than one night would mean exposing her bald head, and she will never do that to any man again.
Running into the Castillo Hotel, away from the paparazzi constantly at his heels, Josh Summers wants to spend his next few days locked away from the flashing lights and screaming fans. When he finds an incredibly sexy woman lying on his hotel room bed in nothing but lingerie, he thinks management has made a mistake. Leaving her behind, he heads for the lobby to get the situation rectified. But an unexpected text from Madame Evangeline sends him back to his room. Though unsure whether the woman on the bed is really his perfect match or just another fan believing him to be like his character on television, he knows he must find out, even if it means he must risk telling her his own secrets. If Tamara can handle his imperfections, she just might be his ideal woman.
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About the Author
Jessica E. Subject is the author of science fiction romance, mostly alien romances, ranging from sweet to super hot. Sometimes she dabbles in paranormal and contemporary as well, bringing to life a wide variety of characters. In her stories, you could not only meet a sexy alien or two, but also clones and androids. You may be transported to a dystopian world where rebels are fighting to live and love, or to another planet for a romantic rendezvous.
When Jessica isn’t reading, writing, or doing dreaded housework, she likes to get out and walk with her giant, hairy dog her family adopted from the local animal shelter.
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