Interview with Jessie G. Talbot

What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The entertainment I can gift to those who may not be having such a swell time at the moment. Books have always been an enormous escape and comfort to me and I want to pay it forward.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Threatening to cry if my book isn't bought.
What do your fans mean to you?
My fans are my oxygen, they keep me going when I'm ready to nail my head to a stump. Thank you!
Who are your favorite authors?
Terry Pratchett, Stephen King, Agatha Christie, Dorothy Sayers, Jane Austen, Charles Dickens, Douglas Adams, Dorothy Parker, L. Frank Baum... you get the idea.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I enjoy reading, container gardening, reading, cooking, hiking, watching classic movies and TV, reading, and wrangling friends and family.
What is your writing process?
I tend to work out the plot and characters in my head and it could be a long time before I'm satisfied enough to sit down and commit it all to paper. I'm a slow, methodical writer and I use the Mad Hatter's method of telling a story. I start at the very beginning and keep going until I reach the end. Then I stop. After about twelve rewrites I show the perfected piece to four or five friends and they tell me what they think. There's a couple more revisions. Finally, when I can't think straight anymore, I release it into the world.
Describe your desk
What desk?! I sit in a comfy chair and balance my netbook on my lap. It works and I have access to everything.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Hmmmm, it would have to be the Disney book 'Cinderella.' I had it memorized when I was two. Fairies! Good vs Evil! Castles! I believe it set me on the path of being a fantasy fan. God knows I related to Dorothy, Wendy, and Alice more than I ever did Pollyanna, Anne, or any of the March girls.
What's the story behind your latest book?
'B' or 'How the Bogeyman Didn't Save Christmas' is the holiday special I'd love to see. Not as cynical as the title might suggest but very funny, adventuresome, scary, and just a bit romantic. I'm very proud of it.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
I'm takin' what they're givin' 'cause I'm workin' for a livin.' (Until a big Hollywood deal comes through. Then I'm off to Bermuda and no one will ever see me again.)
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Through the library, it's a perfect resource.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
The title was 'Skull Island' and it was a mystery. I was about six.
How do you approach cover design?
With a scream you can hear from the moon. I do my own covers and I have no one to blame but myself.
What do you read for pleasure?
Oddly, murder mysteries and biographies. I save the magic for when I'm writing.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
A Kindle Fire.
Published 2017-08-10.
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Books by This Author

Super Witch
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 24,770. Language: English. Published: February 12, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Paranormal, Fiction » Urban
If you can't make it as a witch what else is there? 'Little' Lydia can't work a single spell. She expected to learn how in witch class. She expected all sorts of wonderful things but nooo. Class is awful. No pet owls and the teacher hates her. Well, FINE. She’ll be a SUPERHERO instead!
Souls of the Storm
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 58,690. Language: English. Published: April 9, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Paranormal
She’s not saving the world for herself. Billions of lives are on the line as an insane elemental threat targets the Earth. And it's all Burlie McLauren's fault. What did she do?! What could she do? She has pepper spray but no magic.
An Autumn Beginning
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 21,440. Language: English. Published: January 23, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Clean & wholesome, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Who's growing up and who's just growing older? The Clocke family is having a Thanksgiving celebration of food, fire, and fighting when First Love unexpectedly appears at the door.
Souls in the Flame
Series: Souls by the Sea. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 66,230. Language: English. Published: August 20, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Urban, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Paranormal
She's not saving the town for herself. One fine day Burlie McLauren becomes a victim of a dark force that shatters her self-control. She nearly murders a punk right in front of her little sister's eyes. It wasn’t a teenage spat! Something, someone, has gone wrong and innocent people are in deadly danger.
Souls by the Sea
Series: Souls by the Sea. Price: Free! Words: 43,780. Language: English. Published: April 30, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Paranormal, Fiction » Fantasy » Urban
She's not saving the day for herself. Burlie McLauren is the new girl in Souls by the Sea, a coastal town lousy with witches, and she isn't happy. Like a needing-meds level of not happy but, for her family's sake, she's hanging in there. Until Fisk Iping, the strongest witch in the state, targets them all.
B or How the Bogeyman Didn't Save Christmas
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 39,150. Language: English. Published: July 3, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Holidays & Celebrations / Christmas & Advent, Fiction » African American fiction » General
Christmas is steamrolling Halloween, Thanksgiving, New Years, EVERYTHING and Santa Claus is loving every minute. He's the most popular! Neener! Big mistake. Then, in his workshop, he makes the biggest mistake of all.