Interview with Jessica Valentine

Who are your favorite authors?
Charles Bukowski, Walt Whitman, Lord Byron, Bob Dylan... the list could go on.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
The chance to defeat what the day has to bring.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Walking my Beagle boy, cooking, drinking wine and spending time with my children.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I usually Google something I am interested in and then search for it on Amazon.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes, and I am afraid I was a bit embarrassed because my parents read it. It was porn!
What is your writing process?
I just regurgitate the words and then mop it up a bit.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I loved reading poetry. I loved Lord Byron and I thought Shel Silverstein was a bit funny as well. I wanted to be a poet. I wanted to be a songwriter. I wanted to express everything I had balled up in my brain to everyone and I only knew how to do it on paper. Lord Byron and his stories of Don Juan taught me how complex writing and poetry could be and Shel Silverstein taught me that although clever poetry could be funny, short but sweet.
How do you approach cover design?
I have someone do it for me! I have a couple people I used to design the cover of my books. I usually tell them what my working title is and what they think about it. Then they usually email me a few pictures they chose and I choose one. If I don't like something I just make my recommendations and we go from there. I trust them so it works.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Ferdinand the Bull (children's book) by Munro Leaf. This was my first book as a child. It taught me that it is ok to be different and to always follow your heart. I have lived this ideal my whole entire life and I will never stop doing so.

Rosie's Walk by Pat Hutchins (children's book). I love the whimsical illustrations, the humor and the fact that my children love this book today. It is a classic that will be loved by all for time to come.

Run with the Hunted by Charles Bukowski. I love the raw meaning behind everything Bukowski writes. I would love to be a writer like him. Someone who says like it is and inspires all.

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho. Another timeless classic. When ever you feel lost read this.

Siddhartha by Hermenn Hesse. What a wonderful story this is, another timeless classic. Read this when ever you are lost.
What do you read for pleasure?
Well, at the moment I enjoy looking at pictures in magazines! I have very small children and only have enough time to read them stories! I do enjoy reading blogs and inspirational stories that people share. I prefer writing than reading!
What is your e-reading device of choice?
MacBook Air- Kindle for Mac. But, I promise I will get my Kindle Fire one day!
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
You will have to read my Secrets to Self-Publishing! I am a big fan of social media and networking events.
Describe your desk
It is my shrine. I have the happiness Buddha, pictures of my nearest and dearest, plants, an elephant pointing to the door in order to bring me wealth and my printer. I also have all of my favourite and inspirational books along with my old fashioned record player.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in the states, in Ohio. And, yes... the foundation of where I grew up has definately influenced my writing.

My children's poetry book Ode to a Princess describes these events.
When did you first start writing?
In the fifth grade my teacher read one of poems. She said if I keep practicing, one day I am going to be a really good poet.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I wanted to share my experience of self-publishing with others. I wanted to let others know how easy it is to be an indie author.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I felt that I needed to make a name for myself before I approach an agent.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
I cannot say enough about Smashwords. Smashwords is such an amazing platform for indie authors. Smashwords saves time when pubishing on the eReader platforms. And, it connects you with other authors which is fantastic!
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Finishing an idea or task!
What do your fans mean to you?
Everything. Without great supporters I would not be inspired.
What are you working on next?
The next one.. it's going to be a good one! Something personal.
Published 2013-12-01.
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Books by This Author

Secrets to Self-Publishing
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 16,380. Language: English. Published: December 1, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Education and Study Guides » Reference, Nonfiction » Publishing » Self-publishing
Learn how to self-publish eBooks and books in print here! Become a sucessful indie author by using hints and tips that no author has ever told before. Hints and tips about marketing, social media and selling your books. This is your guide to self-publishing eBooks and books in print along with hints and tips that will help you succeed.
Ode to a Princess
Price: $6.45 USD. Words: 13,780. Language: English. Published: February 24, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Female authors
Young adult poetry. These writings are a compilation from childhood to mid-adulthood. The writings express beauty, innocence, solitude, betrayal, love, hate, despair, and death. These images I have interpreted through short pieces of writing have been lightly captured in the following pages.
'Get a Grip'- how to transform your life and take back control in 30 days or less
Price: $8.99 USD. Words: 18,610. Language: English. Published: January 7, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Psychology » General, Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Personal Growth / General
How to transform your life and take back control in 30 days or less. This self-help book will guide you in 30 days to a happier more peaceful inner being.