Interview with Jasmine Free

What motivated you to become an indie author?
It was a challenge and I like challenges. I had the idea to purchase a new computer for Christmas and decided to try my hand at writing, which I was terrified to do by the way because it seemed so daunting. It's something I used to dabble in years ago when I started a new job and didn't know anyone. I would grab a napkin during lunch and jot down my thoughts and adventures. I hadn't done it since then but it had always been on my list as something i wanted to do. I decided to put one foot in front of the other and just start. You can't have a destination without a start. I became like a mad scientist in the creative process as everything just flowed out of me. My characters had been there for oh so long waiting to be placed on a page and expressed.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords helped me to learn how to format my work properly. I am a hands on kind of writer who likes to learn every aspect of the craft so i didn't want to pay someone else to format my work or create pictures for my books. I needed to create and didn't want to give anyone else the fun of that creation. I was like a jealous lover who did not want to share what should be all mine. Smashwords has also distributed my work in places I would not have gotten exposure to. Someone bought my books in New Zealand a few weeks ago and i was floored. The feeling of excitement was palpable.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The greatest joy of writing is being able to express myself in a way I can't do otherwise. I have spent the last few years working for corporate America and losing a bit of myself in that work. I lived for 8 - 12 hours a day at a cubicle lost and unfulfilled, whereas now i am in my home, in my private space creating. I feel like a painter who has a blank canvas to create whatever I want to create. It is sensual and exhilarating.
What do your fans mean to you?
My fans mean the world to me. Every time someone buys a book from me I feel like i'm sharing a part of my soul with them. They are getting a chance to peek into my world for just a moment. There is a little bit of me in every character I create, their vulnerabilities, their anger, their pain and most of all their triumphs. I want my characters to fight for what they want in life, which in turn i hope gives my fans courage to do the same. Don't just accept what's given but instead reach out and grab what you want out of like.
What are you working on next?
I just finished my latest book Heat so I am going to take a mini break which will probably be for a few days until i am inspired. I would like to finish a book I started as my first book back in January of this year which was a self-motivational book. I have some goals of my own that I need to accomplish. I tend to use some of my own advice to get up in the morning and get done what I need to get done. I think it could help quite a few people. My experience is that there are so many people who will tell you things that you can't do so you have to shut out those voices and focus on the ones telling you the positive things you can do and accomplish for yourself.
Who are your favorite authors?
Sidney Sheldon is by far my favorite. I read just about all of his books and have some on my bookcase in my collection. He had very strong women characters that I related to as a young girl. They were powerful, running businesses, and often times wealthy women unlike the Harlequin Romances I used to read at 12 years old where the women were always being dominated and saved by mysterious men. You'll see that my women are flawed and sometimes misguided but they tend to find their strength and voices through their journey. I also like Dean Koont who scares the crap out of me but his books are page turners that you just can't put down. John Grisham is another winner because he has underdogs I can root for.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
I like order and cleanliness. Every day I wake up with a list in my head of what I want to accomplish for the day. It can range from the most minute to more lofty goals. I don't thrive in chaos so as I accomplish what I set out to do I feel an inner triumph that's very fulfilling. Sometimes when I write I have to find a way to bring order to the chaos in my characters' lives which is not easy. As i am growing so are they, since some facet of me goes into them.

I do also pray throughout the day for the gift of life that God has given me. Every day I am here on the planet I get to accomplish what I couldn't get done before. I get to reach a new goal and silently help those around me. I like to touch other lives in a positive and empowering way and the longer I am here the more chances I have to do that. I am not there yet but I truly believe that one day I will be a well known, powerful author and I am preparing myself for that. Think of how many more people I can help if I do.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Mostly through emails that I receive from apple and Amazon.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes vividly. It was in January 2014 that I wrote Addicted Love. It was my first baby that was rough around the edges but clever inside the pages. I struggled with formatting and it took forever to get it the way I wanted but it was an absolute labor of love. It woke up that hunger and drive in me to create more.
What is your writing process?
I like to work during the day so on weekends I wake up early usually around 8 am and write until I get hungry which is usually around 11 or twelve. I sometimes play romantic music from Pandora when I am writing the romance portion of the story or more aggressive songs when I am writing one of my more daring parts to a story. At other times I need dead silence which is why I write when everyone else is asleep and the phone is not ringing to distract me. Sometimes I can be extremely creative when I'm tired so if i feel inspired at that moment i will sit at the computer and pour from my soul what comes forth.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Yes, the first story was Dr. Seuss' The Cat in the Hat. I didn't feel a major change in my life at that time except for everything seemed to go from being blurred to where I all of a sudden was able to decipher words on my own. Like somehow a key had unlocked that part of my brain. So I guess it did have a profound affect on my life. I've been a reader ever since.
How do you approach cover design?
I look for what reflects what's going on inside the book. If it's a romance novel I try to find models that resemble the characters in some way. The same for my more dramatic work.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I have an iPad that is like another appendage. The first thing I do when I wake up is check my emails on it. I am on that thing all day, much more than my phone.
Published 2014-06-26.
Smashwords Interviews are created by the profiled author, publisher or reader.

Books by This Author

Point of No Return
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 50,390. Language: English. Published: February 20, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » African American fiction » Contemporary woman
Joy was buzzed when she had a one -night stand with the handsome stranger. She hadn’t been this reckless since college and was shocked to wake up the next morning unsure of where she was and who the hell was lying next to her. The whole night was a complete blur. She made her escape comforted by the knowledge that no one would ever know about her indiscretion. Her secret was safe... or was it?
Heat
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 51,070. Language: English. Published: June 26, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Sylvia had been in love with Bobby since they were five but he abandoned her after going off to College. She moves on to gorgeous Phillip Boyd her strapping blond Adonis until her past walks back into her life a changed man. Bobby was now a tattooed sexually promiscuous bad boy who takes her through sordid sexual adventures. The flame from their passion threatens to destroy and consume them all.
Naughtier Girls
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 49,430. Language: English. Published: March 28, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Adult
Jacqueline, Stacie, Sheila and Janet are the four women navigating the world of dating, promiscuity, sensuality and love. Some are able to be true to themselves whether bad or good, while others struggle to have the fantasy of the white knight on a white horse coming to save them. This is volume 2 of the Naughty girl series which shows further development and growth of all these women .
Naughty Girls
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 52,690. Language: English. Published: March 19, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Adult
Every woman has a naughty side. Jacqueline is barely existing in an unfulfilling marriage, resorting to explicit fantasies about her co-worker. Sheila suffers a traumatic event and turns into the seductive tigress she didn't realize existed deep inside her. Janet falls in love w/black Adonis Sam who sweeps her off her feet. Stacie has numerous affairs with no apologies to satisfy her lustful need.
Addicted Love
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 52,120. Language: English. Published: March 18, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
John came out of nowhere & swept Vanessa off her feet. Everything happened so fast she didn't have time to protect her heart. Their love was like a tornado that could not be denied but John had a dark secret. He was torn between the love of his life & the wife he committed to ten years earlier. This titillating love affair takes you through the heartbreak of both women in love with the same man.