I’m happy to welcome author Jessica Lemmon to the blog today. It’s been a long time since I had an author here, but I really liked Jessica’s book, so knew I just had to invite her to drop by! So let’s get too it, shall we?
1) How long have you been writing?
I’ve always loved to write, but started writing with a focus on publishing in January of 2010.
2) How many balls do you juggle on a daily basis, and how do you manage to keep them all in the air (usually), (ball = work, writing, family, etc.)
The ultimate question! How? I do work part time outside of the home, but most of my time is dedicated to writing. I’m fortunate in that my brain pretty much only works from 8-5, so when the evening hours come, I’m free to relax. Unless there’s a deadline and I’m pushing to finish!
3) What can you tell us about your upcoming release IF YOU DARE? What I’m looking for is the story about how the story came to be, not just the blurb and what not. J
My latest is a fun, sexy short story about two coworkers who butt heads constantly. I love enemies-to-lovers romances, and Marcus and Lily’s story definitely fits the bill! I threw in a hero who dares the heroine to stay the night in an allegedly haunted house, and gave Marcus an inexplicable, distracting crush on Lily, and the story practically wrote itself.
4) You write both contemporary romance and some paranormal with your novella. What is it about these genres that you like so much? Do you have one you prefer over the other?
Great question! I adore contemporary romance, and smart-aleck characters. I want my readers to have a highly emotional experience, whether they laugh or cry (and sometimes they tell me they do both!)
I love scary movies, so those two genres are easily blended. In IF YOU DARE, there’s enough spooky stuff to give you chills, but enough sexy to warm you up again.
5) Do you think you’ll end up focusing on one over the others?
Contemporary, most definitely, but as I said above, I don’t mind mixing in a little from another genre. 🙂
6) What was it like getting “the call”?
Amazing! I swear it was like I couldn’t get anyone to look twice at my manuscript a few months prior to getting that phone call last July. Then my agent had three publishers interested. It was surreal! And I’m so blessed and grateful to have not only books with Grand Central, but this novella with Entangled Publishing. I’m humbled to work with so many great people.
7) Got any more books planned? What’s in your future?
Absolutely! The Love in the Balance series continues with Book 3: THE MILLIONAIRE AFFAIR in April 2014, about a millionaire ad exec who works down a list of extracurricular bedroom activities with a vintage store owner who has had a crush on him for a decade and a half.
I’m also working on a series I’m nicknaming The Bad Boy series. (You can see my Pinterest boards here: www.pinterest.com/lemmony for a peek at all of my hero inspiration.)
8) Got any advice for those still struggling through the trenches?
Yes. Don’t give up! Often, the first book you write isn’t the one that will get you published. It’s because you’re new and haven’t found your style or voice yet. Keep writing. I wrote 6 books from 2010-2013. It was book #5 that made me think I was finally onto something. Those other books were not wasted; they helped me learn how to write!
If you want to be published, don’t give up on that dream. Knuckle down, and get feedback from as many professionals as you can. Join the RWA (or other writing chapter if you don’t write romance) and get a critique partner. It’s okay to get rejected. We all do. Don’t let it stop you. Let it HELP you get better.
9) Sweet or sour?
Salty! I’m a huge fan of potato chips.
10) Chocolate or vanilla?
Jessica Lemmon has always been a dreamer. At some point, she decided head-in-the-clouds thinking was childish and went out and got herself a job. …And then she got another one because that one was lousy. And when that one stopped being fulfilling, she went out and got another …and another.
Soon it became apparent she’d only be truly happy doing what she loved. And since “eating potato chips” isn’t a viable career, she opted to become a writer. With fire in her heart, she dusted off a book she’d started years prior, finished it, and submitted it. It may have been the worst book ever, but it didn’t stop her from writing another one. Now she has several books finished, several more started, and even more marinating in her brain (which currently resides in the clouds,thankyouverymuch), and she couldn’t be happier.
She firmly believes God gifts us with talents for a purpose, and with His help, you can create the life you want.
SHE’LL MAKE HIM A BET…
Lily McIntire is sick of losing every office wager to her overly cocky—and yeah, devilishly handsome—coworker, Marcus Black. After a few too many tequila shots, and a taunt from Marcus that she’s a wuss, Lily lays down a bet he can’t refuse: One night in the abandoned and spooky Willow Mansion alone for his recent office win, a trip to Hawaii.
HE CAN’T REFUSE…
There’s only one thing Marcus wants more than his upcoming vacation to Hawaii: to take his sexy coworker on a real date. Every time he’s tried to get close to Lily, she’s shut him down cold. Too bad the sexual tension has hit the boiling point. Now, he’ll have to scare her out of the mansion if he has a prayer of taking her out any time soon.
UNTIL ALL BETS ARE OFF…
In between trying to scare Lily out of her pants and get his hands into them, Marcus realizes there’s more to the mansion than either of them counted on. Suddenly, it’s not just he and Lily that are going “bump in the night”. If they manage to survive the night and escape the mansion unscathed, can they survive each other in the light of day? Or will what happens at Willow Mansion stay at Willow Mansion?
So, thanks for coming by, everyone. Make sure to leave lots of comments to make Jessica feel warm and welcome!