Interview with Jelera Ames

What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Telling the stories that are always playing inside my head. I love getting those stories out and sharing them but also enjoy how characters will change and grow and twist until the story becomes a surprise even to me.
What do your fans mean to you?
Um, I've never given this much thought because I've never thought I'd have fans. That I might or do have those that like my work makes me feel beyond wonderful. I also enjoy the feedback, both negative and positive, it helps me grow as a person and a writer.
What are you working on next?
Ah now that's difficult because I've actually got about six or seven story lines I'm hashing out. Paranormal, science fiction and fantasy romances are my passion so all those I'm working on are in those catagories. I'm hoping to have something new out by the summer so...yeah, soon.
Who are your favorite authors?
That's a very long list. Gena Showalter, Kresley Cole, Larissa Ione, Laurell K. Hamilton, Dana Marie Bell, to name a few. I also enjoy non-romance authors such as Stephen King, Michael Crichton, Jeffery Deaver and Dean Koontz. And these are just to name a few.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My Kids. As simple as that.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I work full time at a hospital so that takes up about 40 hours or more a week. My kids (all boys) play sports and have other school activities that have me running around. So if I'm not working or spending time with the family or doing all those things that daily life demands I'm curled up with a book and simply enjoying the quiet.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Reccomadations from friends, co-workers, family or by browsing the net.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yep, it was about a little girl who cared for a chicken egg so it would hatch and she could be it's mommy. I was about seven and my grandparents had just moved to a farm. I was fascinated with everything, but espcially the baby chicks.
What is your writing process?
I write out the stories long hand first, this way I can change, add or delete anything that might no longer fit as I transfer it to type. I have notebooks, journals and odd pieces of paper stuffed in my Creative Cabinet and despite the mess I know where every single piece of information is. I'm a disorganized organized kind of person.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I can't recall the very first story I read. My mother taught me to read and write by the age of three. All I can say is that I've always had a passion for reading and pounding out stories.
Published 2013-11-04.
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