Interview with Jessica Short

Describe your desk
A confused mess but I know where everything is.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in the interior of British Columbia with a lot of pine pollen. Being allergic to pine pollen I was forced to stay inside during much of the spring and summer. Books and table top games became my friends.
When did you first start telling stories?
I first realized that I could tell stories after seeing the movie "Legend" in a Kelowna theatre. That movie was so bad that I realized that I could have told a better story than that. It was a major Rubicon for me.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
It allowed me to publish stories for others to enjoy and potentially get paid for them. All for free.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Finishing the first draft.
Who are your favorite authors?
David Gemmell, Jim Butcher, Larry Correia, and of course Tolkien
What's the story behind your latest book?
Ice and Pride started as another novella similar in size to the first three. One request I've gotten from my editors and 'practice' readers has been more about the City of Gates so I decided I'd do that and write the story from Lia's perspective as she is more of the 'fixer' of the group; selling off loot and getting jobs for the party (just ask her). It them got away from me as who they were helping and why had to be fleshed out, and Lia also told me in middle of the story that she wanted to come out as a domme so that had to be worked in. Long story short Ice and Pride is going to end up to be a 40,000 word novel (my first to be published)

So now along with the greater understanding of the City of Gates, the story now involved the Team helping a young woman whose a power in her own right to rescue her soulmate from those who wish both harm. Of course much to Lia's professional embarrassment it involves most of the team to be naked for a fair chunk of the adventure.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Working, playing table top or computer games, listening to audiobooks and living life.

Of course all through this time my unconscious is always working a plot lines or character ideas.
What is your writing process?
I've found the best thing to do is get out of the house. There is a 24 hour McDonalds nearby and I find that's a good place for me to write.
How do you approach cover design?
I wanted the image to speak as much for itself as possible, so I kept the lettering simple.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
KOBO arc 7HD

A nice sized tablet
What do you read for pleasure?
I don't so much as read as listen. I'm dyslexic and actually have a very slow reading speed; but my oral memory and comprehension is very high. So when I discovered audio books a few years ago it has really opened up whole new worlds for me.

For me I get the greatest pleasure from History. I do find the real world is in many ways far more unrealistic than any fiction that I've read. I'm also taking advantage of the audio books to listen to many of the classic of history and literature.
Published 2015-08-28.
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Books by This Author

Means and Ends: The Blood Princess Saga Book 5
Series: The Blood Princess Saga. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 55,370. Language: Canadian English. Published: November 21, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Action/Adventure, Fiction » Fantasy » Dark
Because it's a dimensional crossroad, even the Gods keep an eye on the City of Gates. This is brought home to the Black Bitches when Gwendolen the team's cleric is 'requested' by her church to stop a trade deal between two other dimensions. The only problem is that the deal is going down in the one place in the city where mortals have never broken into.
Through the Gates: The Blood Princess Saga Books 1-3
Series: The Blood Princess Saga. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 60,640. Language: Commonwealth English. Published: April 17, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Action/Adventure, Fiction » Fantasy » Dark
Enter the City of Gates a depraved, evil city where magic and money rule all. Where for most the distance between freedom and slaver is measure by a knife's edge. This books contained the first three novellas of the Blood Princess Saga, plus Leveling a new short story available only in this anthology.
Ice and Pride: The Blood Princess Saga Book 4
Series: The Blood Princess Saga. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 45,730. Language: Canadian English. Published: November 1, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Action/Adventure, Fiction » Fantasy » Dark
In the City of Gates' sometimes employers come from outside the city's walls. These employers offer challenges, that while paying well can also get you killed. So when Lia, her team's thief, gets a new job for the team, trying to get a noble back from the Compact, the Blood Princess is of course cautious. But even her care, may not be enough when they finds out who their employer really is.
A Night at the Dark Queen: The Blood Princess Saga Book 3
Series: The Blood Princess Saga, Book 3. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 17,770. Language: Canadian English. Published: July 23, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Action/Adventure, Fiction » Fantasy » Dark
Every legend has an origin story. For the Blood Princess it started with an innocent enough question. 'Where’s the best place to get some action?' The unfortunate part was that it was asked to hedonistic nymphomaniac. What followed became a tale of debauchery famous even in a city known for its debauchery
Knife Work: The Blood Princess Saga Book 2
Series: The Blood Princess Saga, Book 2. Price: Free! Words: 17,980. Language: Canadian English. Published: July 6, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Action/Adventure, Fiction » Fantasy » Dark
In the City of Gates the Blood Princess knows that you have to take work when you can. Even when it means taking care of a Compact Princess on a day she's playing grown up at the City's Slave Pens. But then things start to unravel; as old enemies return and new destinies are revealed. To survive the Blood Princess will need her wits and a really sharp knife.
Best Laid Plans: The Blood Princess Saga Book 1
Series: The Blood Princess Saga, Book 1. Price: Free! Words: 18,750. Language: Canadian English. Published: April 2, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Action/Adventure, Fiction » Fantasy » Dark
The pressure is always greater when time is your enemy. However, it’s under pressure that the Blood Princess and her all female team work best. Hired to rescue a nobleman's twin daughters they have one night to succeed or the twins are forever lost. In this revised even edgier story she will face both torture and humiliation. And that's if everything goes according to plan