Interview with J.A. Jorgenson

Describe your desk
I like to write my book in Google docs. That way I can be writing on my ipad (I have the keyboard attachment) in a comfy chair, or I can open it on my full-size mac when I'm concentrating on corrections.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Northbrook, IL, which isn't far from the setting of my first novel. Even though I now live in Orlando, I use quite a bit of my Chicagoland knowledge in my writing.
When did you first start writing?
I wrote my first novel when I was 14. I spent the entire summer in front of an actual typewriter and wrote a single space, 100+ page book. I was extremely proud of it and took it to Kinkos to have it bound. The following summer I wrote my second novel. I continued to write smaller works and began additional novels ever since.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
It was just time to finally get something out there. I wanted to feel like I had accomplished what I set out to do. Going through the traditional methods takes a lot longer, and comes with a lot of rejection. I wanted the readers to decide if they like the writing, not just the gatekeepers at big publishing houses.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The greatest joy is having someone tell me they loved the book. Nothing feels better than that!
What do your fans mean to you?
Fans mean everything! Anyone who understands my characters also understands a piece of me.
What are you working on next?
The next book in the series is already underway. Kara and Gage need to find a way to be together, but it won't be anywhere as easy as Jess and Declan.
Who are your favorite authors?
JR Ward for sure. Her writing is incredible. I also love reading Jeanine Frost. I never miss a novel by either. I also think Jay Crownover is fantastic. Lee Child and Charlaine Harris are great as well.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
I don't have a choice. I have 3 boys!
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Crafting! I love card making, using my Cricut, and countless side projects. I also love remodeling my house, but I need my husband home to help with that!
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I search for romance, romance-suspense, and then look for books that seem interesting.
What is your writing process?
I write all my ideas for a story down in a computer file. If I have a rough outline, it is in that same document. Then I just start writing a chapter at a time. On occasion, I may write a particularly inspiring scene out and save it to insert later. I also keep a document of facts about the characters as I go. I make a lot up, and it is hard to search back through what I've written to be sure there is accurate continuity.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
My ipad.
What inspired the title for your first novel?
I debated over a title, as most authors probably do. I had named the club "Underground" early on in the book, and I liked the idea that it not only stood for the club, but also the underlying issues Jess has with expressing her sexual self.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yep. I was 14 and wrote a novel about two friends who run away to California to become rock stars.
How do you approach cover design?
For my first book, I actually stumbled across an image that I was completely in love with, but couldn't track down the photographer to get his permission to use it. So, I ended up using Shutterstock. I have some background in design, so I designed the rest myself.
Published 2016-02-11.
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