Interview with Jessica Wilde

Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes, it was a paranormal romance about a woman who moves to a new town and meets a stranger who is more than he appears to be... and I remember writing it late at night in secret so no one would see me. I was so scared that someone would read it and make fun of it so I deleted it off of the computer and never went back to it. I hand wrote some of it when I had started and still have the ideas written down. It's several ideas down the line for what I will work on next and I'm really excited to complete it.
What is your writing process?
When I come up with an idea, I write down the main points of the story, what I want to happen, the characters and their descriptions, and then I just sit down and start. I have started outlining more and it keeps the writing more organized, but I mostly just start typing as the story comes.
A lot of the time, I wake up in the middle of the night with an idea for a scene and have to immediately write it down. Then I'll put it together as I get to that point in the story.
For the Brannock series, each story line hit me all at once and now it's just a process to get in all the details.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I do remember the first Romance I ever read. It was Return to Red Castle by Dorothy Keddington. The love story hit me so hard and it was so well written that I actually felt like I was a part of their story. That's when the Romance genre really peaked my interest and every since then, it's been the bulk of what I read.
I later found out that I am actually distantly related to the author but have never had the pleasure of meeting her.
I love every single one of her stories and Return to Red Castle is still sitting on my bookshelf and I have re-read it countless times along with her others including Flower of the Winds and The Mermaid's Purse.
How do you approach cover design?
I look through thousands of stock photos!!
I have ideas of what I want the cover to look like and I browse for hours if I have to until I find the perfect fit. I am still branching out with cover design, but once I come up with an idea, nothing and no one can change it and next to the writing of the story, it's the most important task for me and it's so exciting to see the final product.
Describe your desk
Empty Peace Tea cans, Fruit by the Foot wrappers (until my husband comes and cleans it up for me because he can't take it anymore haha) My notebooks with all my ideas and quick notes that I wrote down in the middle of the night or when I was away from my computer, sticky notes, a marker board calendar, copies of all of my books... It's not too messy, but I'm working on getting it more organized.
Oh, and whatever I have taken away from my daughter for the day because she wouldn't stop playing with it, like a stack of blank DVD's or the stapler or markers :)
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I spend all my free time with my little girl and my husband. He has been the biggest help for me as I've started publishing my books. He has come home from a long day of work and taken over with his Daddy duties immediately so I can spend some time writing. He's very supportive and I like to spend as much time as I can with him.
My little girl is hilarious and likes to play outside a lot so when I can, we go for picnics and play with our dog or play in the dirt, whatever makes her smile.
I also spend a lot of time reading, but that's mostly when everyone else is settled and in bed or when we just have a lazy day.
What do you read for pleasure?
Romance! A good love story will stick with me for a long time. I love Contemporary, Historical, Suspense, Paranormal... pretty much anything that has a love story woven in somewhere.
Published 2014-05-15.
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Books by This Author

Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 96,250. Language: English. Published: October 11, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » Adult
Merrick went through a hell that no one could possibly imagine. Fighting to protect his country, he watched his friends die in front of him, felt indescribable pain, and lost his sight in the very same moment. Now, he spends his days and nights in a thick darkness no light can penetrate. Until Grace walks into his life and his broken eyes open to a woman that changes everything for him.
Protector (The Brannock Siblings, #4)
Series: The Brannock Siblings, Book 4. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 68,490. Language: English. Published: July 17, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » Adult
Isabelle Brannock was adored by her children in every possible way. Her ability to love reflects in each of them and to this day, they remember the never ending happiness she and their father, Liam, shared. Liam tells his children the story of how he met the love of his life and the struggles and sacrifices he and their mother endured to learn that love conquers all.
Series: Rise & Fall. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 98,880. Language: English. Published: February 23, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Suspense, Fiction » Romance » Adult
Fear. It's the last thing I remembered. I was afraid to fight, afraid to run, afraid to breathe. Then everything went dark. As if life was finally hearing my pleas, my cries to end the torment. My name is Arianna West. I'm stronger now. Alive. I can find a way to survive on my own. I can see what is coming for me. I can channel fear into strength. But I didn't see Jack and Jack changed everything.
Missing (The Brannock Siblings, #3)
Series: The Brannock Siblings, Book 3. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 86,580. Language: English. Published: September 21, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Suspense, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Gus loves his growing family and high risk job and when an unexpected friendship with the fiery red head next door turns into something he can't live without, he'll do anything to keep it. Aiden never wanted to like the handsome jerk who puts his life on the line every day. Too bad he turned out to be the one thing that has been missing from her life. Is loving him worth the risk of losing him?
Conned (The Brannock Siblings, #2)
Series: The Brannock Siblings, Book 2. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 80,400. Language: English. Published: June 17, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » Suspense
Conall Brannock doesn't get attached or ask questions and he protects his family at all costs. Not even the sweet, green eyed witness that just burst into his life and shifted his world can change that. Emily Dawson wants her brother back, even if it means putting herself in harm's way to do it. She knows where her loyalties lie, but Conall and his crazy family are about to change everything.
Leverage (The Brannock Siblings, #1)
Series: The Brannock Siblings, Book 1. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 75,710. Language: English. Published: March 24, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » Suspense
Ash Brannock's world couldn't get any more boring, but a trip back home turns it upside down. Suddenly she finds herself not only hiding, but relying on the one man who has the power to destroy her. Lucas Shade is close to shutting down the biggest case of his career, but a threat is closer and Ash is a prime target. Good thing he knows exactly what he would sacrifice to protect her. Everything.
Every One of Me
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 99,610. Language: English. Published: February 2, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » General
Five years ago, Tessa turned her back on everything, even the man she loved. Diagnosed with Dissociative Identity Disorder, she's back to set her life straight. Charlie never really knew why she left, but he won't allow her to push him away again. Learning to live with the people around her and in her head isn't easy, but Tess has to learn to let go. Because Charlie won't let any one of her go.
Our Time
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 78,100. Language: English. Published: December 1, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Romance » Adult
Jocelyn is a single mother who wants to live her life making her daughter, Olivia, happy. She knows what is important in life and her battles in the past have made her strong. Her new neighbor, Andrew, unexpectedly becomes one of those important things. Andrew wants a life with Jocelyn and Olivia, but when their relationship finally deepens, he learns that the life he wants may not be long enough.