Interview with J. G. Sweets

When did you first start writing?
I was bored; maybe fourteen, fifteen. I didn't have a computer to my name, just paper and pen. I wrote maybe a chapter or two. The next year my stepfather built me a computer and I haven't stop clicking away. I always felt like my writing was for my eyes only. It wasn't until this past year that I decided why not share it with the world. Time to unlock the old think tank and let loose!
What's the story behind your latest book?
'Forget Me Not', is about amnesia and its effects on a married couple. Alanna and Raymond Graves had a very solid, tight relationship until his car accident that throws their world into disarray.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
My mind can't conform to the guidelines that many publishing houses want. Who wants to do that? With indie publishing I feel like I can allow those voices (what I lovingly call the characters I create) to take over and let their true voices to be heard. I don't find myself having to force them into a 'happy endings" in order to satisfy an outline that they didn't create for themselves.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Being able to get into my imagination and see what I come up with. It's been a passion of mine that I have long subdued with a few notes here and there. For me to finally publish is like letting go of a breath I never thought I was holding! :)
Who are your favorite authors?
I have a ton of authors that I enjoy! I will just get it down to three. I love historical romances: Beverly Jenkins, Phillipa Gregory and Bertrice Small.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My babies. Well they aren't much of babies anymore since one is almost eight and the other getting close to four. But hey, I'm the momma and so they will always be my babies! My husband is always a handsome sight in the morning even if I am much of a dragon when I first wake up.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
If not writing you can usually find me reading, spending time with the hubby and kids or family. Thats the things I look forward to doing. Now for that I don't like cleaning and getting things ready for the next day. Like doing the laundry. I hate folding especially socks!
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
My husband bought me a Kindle Fire when they first came out for our anniversary. I haven't bought a phyiscal book since. I usually buy the free books and then from there I'll buy from the author if I like their writing. Sometimes I have referrals of authors or those authors I have already read.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes! It was about a girl in high school named Katrina who lived with her two older brothers. Their parents were dead. She had dreams of going to Johnson and Wales for culinary school. She had a boyfriend and a best friend who found out she was pregnant. Life was perfectly planned before Ty Williamson came to town.

I didn't get very far in it but I had to be fifteen years old. It's when I realized life was never going to go as you planned it. I never gave it a title since I never finished it.
What is your writing process?
I don't know if I even have a process yet. I'm really still learning. Forget Me Not, the story about Alanna and Raymond, is my first venture into writing and publishing a complete body of work. I'm going to fine tune it and get back to this with a more solid answer.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
"The Kadin" by Bertrice Small- was my first romantic novel that I had ever read. I picked it up because it just had a simple flower on the cover instead of a damsel in distress and a half naked man holding her. I was trying to be incapacious at the age of sixteen. It was my first venture into romance novels and began my love affair with historical romance novels.

"Petals on the Wind" by V. C. Andrews- it's the sequel to "Flowers in the Attic". Although I had read other V.C. Andrew books prior to this one it is my favorite and sometimes I still pick up to scan through it. I actually cried through it.

"Wild Sweet Love" by Beverly Jenkins- first time I ever seen the heroine and hero both African American in a historical novel. Ms. Jenkins' other works are ones I can't put down.

"Something on the Side" by Carl Weber- he loves his BBW's (Big Beautiful Women) and I love him for it! This is the first book in a series about love, betrayal, friendships, sisterhood and a book club.

"The Queen's Fool" by Phillipa Gregory- Ms. Phillipa weaves the story of the main characters within histories' truths that leave you wanting to go to a library and dig into a reference book!
Published 2014-07-22.
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