Interview with Jessica Mulholland

What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I find writing to be cathartic - I use it as a way to funnel my emotions into something tangible. For me, that's the greatest joy - taking something that I feel so strongly internally and giving it life on paper.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Coffee. Okay, really, it's the chance to get to do or learn something interesting. I'm always reading, always searching for something that makes me think about whatever given topic in a different way. Also, coffee.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I watch more movies than is probably healthy. Other than that I enjoy spending time with my family and friends. I really love playing tabletop games, such as Dungeons and Dragons as well as Risk.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Vaguely. I was maybe six or seven, and I had written poetry before but decided I needed to write a book. I think I got maybe a chapter written, if that. It was about a girl who found a puka shell necklace and decided it was going to make her the most popular girl in school.
What do you read for pleasure?
Anything and everything. Right now I'm in the midst of Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, but if you look at my collection you'll find anything from Dan Brown's Angels & Demons to Mercy by Jodi Picoult.
When did you first start writing?
I've written for as long as I can remember. I used to write poetry when I was very young, and through my teen years I wrote short stories, poetry, and song lyrics. I stopped for a few years, but when I was 23 I found that I missed it dearly and started writing again.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I have the Kindle app on my phone, as well as on my laptop. Honestly though, I rarely use either. I prefer physical books.
Describe your desk
As crazy as it might sound, I don't have a desk! I do a lot of my work on my laptop, cozied up in bed.
What is your writing process?
I haven't written a full-length novel yet, so I'm not sure how that process is going to go. When I write short stories and flash fiction, I have the tendency to just jump in feet-first and see what happens - I'll typically have the general basis of a story or concept in mind, and then I just start writing and let the story develop itself. Once I have a rough storyline written I spend quite a bit of time going through, reading it, tweaking bits, and developing the characters or areas I feel are important and need strengthened.
What are you working on next?
I have a ton of little projects that I'm working on all at once. I find it hard to focus on one thing for a long period of time. I do have the premise of a full-length novel in mind, I just need to sit down and start it.
Published 2016-05-23.
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Price: Free! Words: 2,220. Language: English. Published: November 23, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General
Down-on-his-luck thrift store worker Adam finds a magical flute whose powers work through him to return the dismal, dirty world back to its original splendor.