Interview with Jessica Marks

What are you working on next?
My next project is very different from Earth Angel. It follows the story of a nineteen year old drug dealer coping with insanity and the world around him.
Who are your favorite authors?
I have many favorite authors, but some of them are Julie Kagawa, Richelle Mead, Jaime McGuire and Jennifer Echols.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Unfortunately most of my time is consumed by high school, but other than that I play the drums and make and sell jewelry.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I wish I didn't. Like, seriously, it was bad. I was thirteen and had just started writing seriously. I started this book called "The Rose Garden" which was about a girl who was unknowingly part mermaid and had to save other mermaids from evil mermaids. Excuse my cringing.
What is your writing process?
All over the place, out of control and utterly sporadic. There is no way rhyme or rhythm to my process, I just do what works. Earth Angel was written within two months of nonstop writing. The book I am working on now is a slow process and mostly just research and ideas at the moment. Very little actual writing has been done yet.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
The first YA Novel I ever read was Wicked by Nancy Holder and Debbie Viguie. It was a bit of a hard read for me at the time, but I remember being fascinated with the magic and the romance, all of which I had never read previously in children or pre-teen books. That book paved the way for my love of YA literature and writing.
What do you read for pleasure?
Anything falling under YA Literature really, but I especially love action, apocalypse themes, fantasy and I am the most hopeless romantic in existence.
Describe your desk
My desk is the world at this point. I carry my little laptop around everywhere and write whenever it's convenient.
When did you first start writing?
I first started writing around first or second grade. Writing has been a love of mine my whole life. When I was in first grade I used to write stories for class, and would be so proud whenever the teacher would read them to all my friends. My grandpa grew me up on storytelling, and eventually I started to create my own. I used to love illustrating little children's books and writing stories on cardboard and paper, and then bind my own "books". Around the time I was thirteen I found a writing website. After discovering a place to write and share stories I was irrevocably in love. I haven't stopped since.
What's the story behind your latest book?
Earth Angel has a strange story of it's creation, actually. The idea was drawn up when I was thirteen, a while after "The Rose Garden" was laid to rest. I can't remember how the idea came to mind, but I had written it down and started the first three chapters. Shortly after I gave it up and didn't look at it again until two years later when I was fifteen. I thought it was a good idea, so I fixed up the first three chapters and cracked out the rest of the book. The editing and publication process actually took longer than writing it.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The greatest joy of writing to me is the ability to create a world free of things I don't want in reality. Real life can be boring, monotonous and drawn out at times, but when writing I can make anything I wish: action, adventure, romance, magic, you name it. Anything that couldn't or shouldn't exist is a part of my life when I create it.
Published 2015-01-04.
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