Interview with Jessica Perez

Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I vaguely recall a short story I wrote in elementary school. It was a fantasy story, something about the typical "save the princess" shenanigans. My memory is a little fuzzy, though - it's been ages!
How do you approach cover design?
I try to come up with a basic concept, then expand on it. With Heartstorm, for example, it started as "girl with hooded face". It then expanded to adjusting the eye color, picking which font to use, etc. I then run the concepts by friends and family members for opinions, then make adjustments before consulting with forums and the like to see what people think. And by forums, I usually mean "I ask someone on NaNoWriMo's site".
What do you read for pleasure?
I read a lot of romance and supernatural books. Bonus points if the book has both, such as Vampire Academy and the like. I also used to read a lot of Anne Rice, though I have a bit of catching up to do now.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I typically use the Kindle app on my Android phone, though I have it on PC as well. My phone is more convenient because it is with me everywhere I go.
When did you first start writing?
I think I first started writing in the third grade. We had this "Writer's Workshop" class we would do once or twice a week, and we would just dedicate an hour or two to focusing on creative writing. We kept composition books at our desks to jot down ideas during other subjects - my teacher wasn't fond of me ignoring history lessons to write stuff down if memory serves.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I got the initial inspiration for Heartstorm after reading the Find You in the Dark series. The original concept for my book was very similar to the first book in that series, and I altered it so it wouldn't be an 80% replica from a male's perspective.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I spent years wanting to publish, and had no idea where to even begin with traditional publishing. A peer from high school, Eva Rayne, self published her first book in 2012, and I began doing some research in the self publishing field. I wrote All I Need and self published it in 2012 and, well, here I am.
What are you working on next?
I am currently finalizing revisions for Heartstorm, after which I will begin working on The Heart Speaks, which will be the sequel.
Who are your favorite authors?
Oh my goodness, there are so many! I grew up with Anne Rice and Tom Clancy, and then I was all over the place from there. If I had to choose, I would have to say Rice is still one of my favorites, along with John Saul and Richelle Mead.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Most of my time outside of writing is spent chatting with people or livestreaming video games. I do read a lot, as well, and I also play the violin. I can also be found watching TV on occasion, though it doesn't happen as often as it used to.
Published 2015-12-01.
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Books by This Author

Razorblade Concerto
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,240. Language: English. Published: December 17, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Social Issues, Fiction » Coming of age
A short story from independent author Jessica Perez, Razorblade Concerto tells the story of high school junior Savannah and her last moments of life as she walks a self destructive path. This story was mentioned in Perez's novel, All I Need, as a work of Short Fiction written by Regina Lanning, one of the main characters..
Heartstorm
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 76,240. Language: English. Published: February 9, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » New adult
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Online college students Ryan Mackay and Emma Brooks discover they live in the same town. The build a relationship, while struggling with their inner demons. But after Emma is kidnapped, will Ryan be able to assist in finding her - or will his anxiety prove too much of a struggle?