Interview with Jeanette Muscella

Who are your favorite authors?
There are so many that I admire. My favorite authors are Raine Miller, Marie Force, J.R. Ward, Penelope Ward and Dianne Duvall.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I mainly read on my IPad. I like the larger screen. I also have two Nook tablets, one in my bedroom, and one next to my favorite leather chair.
How do you approach cover design?
I like to keep it simple and use Power Point to design my covers.
What do you read for pleasure?
My taste in books has changed over the last few years. I tend to gravitate to contemporary romance. Marie Force is my favorite author in that genre. Let's not forget about J.R. Ward and Dianne Duvall. Paranormal is my second favorite genre. Always will be.
Describe your desk
I recently renovated a small bedroom into a reading room, complete with book shelves, and a reclining chair. This is where I write. It's quiet and very relaxing.
When did you first start writing?
I was fifty four years old and my father had just died. I had a difficult time coping with his death and used writing as a way to escape into a fantasy world. Now I write because I absolutely love the process.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I like knowing that I control every aspect of my book. I do not want to be locked into a contract where the content of my book may be altered. Smashwords is a excellent platform for independent authors. I read all of Nicky Charles books and that is how I discovered Smashwords.
What's the story behind your latest book?
Happy At Last takes place simultaneously with Finding My Way Home. Jerry Miller and Joan Randall's relationship is new and fragile. They both have issues from their past relationships that has the potential to tear them apart. I knew once I finished writing Finding My Way Home that I had to tell Jerry's story.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Writing calms me and I enjoy the process of creating characters and building the story. I really enjoyed writing Happy At Last, which is the sequel to Finding My Way Home. I had just touched on Jerry and Joan's story and I immediately knew I had to tell their story.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Of course I love to read. I also like to crocket and make jewelry.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I do most of my surfing at night when I cannot sleep (like now!!). Usually the cover will catch me eye which prompts me to read the review. I really dislike when someone reviews a book and tells you everything. Just tell me if you liked the book.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I clearly remember the first book that I read cover to cover. The book was Shogun by James Clavell. I was so engrossed in the story. I never liked to read and I was really surprised that I finished the book and actually enjoyed the journey. That one book fueled my love of reading.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
That's an easy question. I am still working full time.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes, I do, and it wasn't very good, but I learned from the experience. The book was titled Jack's Secret which is currently unavailable, although I hope to revisit it one day.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
That's a tough question because I have so many favorite authors. If I had to choose, it would be J.R. Ward. The BDB series is seriously awesome.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Being a self-published author is not easy. I mainly use multiple groups on Facebook, my personal Twitter page, and Google Communities.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up and still live in Philadelphia, but where I live did not influence my writing. I have an active imagination and it doesn't take much for me to develop a story. I am currently plotting my next book which will be a departure from what I've currently written to date. I am tackling (and asking myself several times...are you crazy?) a supernatural / paranormal book. Say a prayer for me!!
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
I love Smashwords because my books reach a wider audience. I've read many times in different FB groups that some people cannot afford the expense of purchasing books. Since I work full time, and only publish one book a year, it gives me more pleasure to offer my book for free so that someone who is on a budget can enjoy reading and not have to worry about the added expense. That makes me happy.
What are you working on next?
I am working on a supernatural / paranormal book. I am still plotting the story but I am really excited to see where the story takes me.
What is your writing process?
I am a firm believer in having your entire book plotted before you start writing. That includes the protagonist, antagonist, ancillary characters, and how you want the book to flow. It makes it much easier once you start writing.
Published 2017-12-03.
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Books by This Author

Happy At Last
Price: Free! Words: 112,740. Language: English. Published: November 29, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Jeremy Miller and Joan Randall both have issues that they bring to their relationship. Can two wounded souls find the courage to love again or will circumstances beyond their control tear them apart?
Finding My Way Home
Price: Free! Words: 103,740. Language: English. Published: November 7, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Diane Miller had the perfect life, until one fateful day when a drunk driver struck her car. She has no memory of her husband, children, and family. She feels lost, frightened, and afraid to face a future with no past, and an uncert
The Confession
Price: Free! Words: 67,510. Language: English. Published: September 27, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Adult
John Brady is a troubled young man. Fueled by drugs, alcohol, and resentment, he hurts the only woman he has ever loved. In the light of day, he realizes what he did was a crime, and the guilt nearly kills him. How could he do it? Will God forgive him? He runs to the church, and makes a decision that will forever change his life