Interview with Jessica Beale-Roberts

What do your fans mean to you?
It's very strange to think of having fans! But the people who enjoy my work and take the time to tell me that - well, they mean the world to me. Knowing someone wants to read my work helps motivate me to keep writing.
What are you working on next?
It took me ten years to write and publish my first book, Paramedic Girl, but the next one will hopefully not take as long! My 2017 project is a work of fiction - the working title is When The Lights Went Out. It's set in South Africa and tells the story of how the world is changed forever when a solar flare knocks out all the power on earth. I'm currently working on the first draft.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The greatest joy of writing of writing for me is reaching people, and maybe even helping them. Of course I love seeing people entertained as well!
Who are your favorite authors?
I don't think there is enough space here! I'm a passionate reader - I read for at least three hours every day. I read all sorts of books from classics to modern works. I have to say my all time favourites are Hunter S. Thompson, Terry Pratchett, Sue Townsend, Edgar Allan Poe, George Orwell, and Anthony Burgess - but there are so many more.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Mainly my cats - I get up to avoid them turning the place into a war zone. They tend to revolt if they are not fed on time. Once I'm up I start writing - the mornings are my most productive time.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Thinking about writing mainly - I carry lots of notebooks because I find inspiration all over the place. When I'm not writing I'll be chilling with a book or a movie or snuggling with one of my pets.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes I do! In my teens I was an avid diarist so I guess my diaries (and there are loads) were my first story but I also started writing a book in my late teens called Tears in the Forest which was my first work of fiction.
What is your writing process?
Process you say.... hmmmm..I think I'm still finding my process. Right now, it's sit down and write, then edit, edit, edit....
How do you approach cover design?
Very carefully.
Describe your desk
Covered in post-it notes. I think in post-its. Oh and I have a pen "problem" i.e I can't stop buying them so my desk has pots and pots full of pens.
Published 2017-01-08.
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Books by This Author

Paramedic Girl
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 29,840. Language: English. Published: December 15, 2016. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Autobiographies & Memoirs
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Jessica swings the ambulance door wide open and invites us along for an exciting ride. Paramedic Girl is the memoir of a South African EMT. It’s a personal account of the harrowing and occasionally humorous events that she experienced during the early 2000’s. Jessica shares her honest experiences with death, trauma, workplace discrimination, and PTSD with a straight to the point writing style.