Interview with Jessica Reece

What are you working on next?
A quirky fantasy novel where the characters of classic stories find the boundaries of their universes merging. They must race against time to restore their natural worlds, or face certain disaster. It's a rollicking adventure that will have you rooting for the villians, laughing hysterically, and wondering what happens next.
Who are your favorite authors?
I really enjoy an eclectic mix of literature, but some of my favorite authors include Charlotte Bronte, Neil Gaiman, Mark Twain, Dean Koontz, and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. What I love most are authors that draw you into the lives of their characters, and leave you wondering what has happened to them long after the story has ended.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
When I am not writing, I like to stay busy creating through painting, sketching, sewing, or crafting. I love to be in my garden, and enjoy being silly with my daughter as much as possible.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I wrote my first story at four years old, and believe it or not, I still have it. It was a story about a dog that gets beamed up by some aliens, and the adventures they all have on the moon. I fully expect it to win many awards in the future.
What is your writing process?
Generally speaking, I fly by the seat of my pants. I get an idea, and try to slap it on paper as quickly as I can before it fades away like the brilliant flare of fireworks. I've never been one for outlines, but I have certainly wished that I could on occasion.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I don't remember the first book that I ever read, but I cannot recall a time that I was not surrounded by books. Some of my all time childhood favorites (which I still enjoy rereading occasionally) include The Hobbit, Jane Eyre, Black Beauty, and Gulliver's Travels.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
One of my greatest joys in writing is hearing from one of my readers how my words affected them. I hope the stories I create impact my readers in ways that they have impacted me--genuine characters that have rich lives, with hopes, dreams, setbacks, and successes.
Describe your desk
Oh, my poor desk. It should be named "Hurricane Jessica." My creative process is messy, chaotic, and unplanned. As a result, my desk is one big organized disaster. I've never been able to write at a pristine, neat, or bare desk. I find the chaos stimulating, invigorating, and hopefully something incredible can come out of such a mess.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I moved a lot when I was kid. A lot. Like, practically every year. As a result, books became my best friends. While some people might express sympathy for so much instability at such a young age, I find that it taught me to be an excellent observer of others; I'm a born people watcher, and even as a child, I found myself creating rich mental stories about the lives of the people, friends and strangers alike, around me.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I felt like this avenue will give me the greatest control over how my writing reaches the world. There is something incredibly satisfying about doing the hard word myself, and at the end of the day being able to say "I did that." I believe that more and more readers are reaching out to the world of indie writing to discover unique, interesting voices they might not otherwise have encountered through traditional publishing methods.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Reviews! I love to search genres that happen to be my favorite, and then search by best review. There is nothing more powerful than hearing from other readers how a particular piece of writing affected them. I try to leave a review on every e-book I read--its so gratifying as an author to get the feedback, as well as hopefully helpful to other readers when they make their purchasing decisions.
Published 2015-05-09.
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Books by This Author

Josie's Ghost
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 12,610. Language: English. Published: October 12, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
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Josephine Harper is an author who finds herself with a wicked case of writer's block since a car accident months ago. She returns to The Cottage, a treasured home once owned by the grandmother that raised her. Strange things begin happening at The Cottage, and Josie must race against time to discover the truth.
The Curse in the Lace
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 51,170. Language: English. Published: May 23, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Supernatural
A young woman buys a wedding dress from an antique shop, discovering too late the fateful, cursed history of the dress. She races against time to undo the curse and save herself as well as the man she loves.