Interview with Jessica Johns

What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
My two beautiful dogs, thirst for life and the old ball and chain (work).
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I read A LOT, do a lot of research and I am also currently studying towards a Masters Degree. When I get time I like to let my hair down with my girlfriends.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I usually read a preview or abstract from a book to see if it tickles my fancy. I also think the title is important, it needs to be eye catching.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I do, it was for GCSE English and was a horror!

The second (short) book I wrote was to my husband, it was erotica and lets just say he loved it!
What is your writing process?
It involves a lot of reading through, rewriting, procrastinating, wine, food, tea and more tea.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I have been reading from a very young age, I want to say Rohl Dahl or 1001 Question and Answers, but I am not 100% sure.

I get a thrill from reading and I have had that from a very young age, I get a kick out of solving the mysteries in books, guessing the culprits in thrillers and just overall enjoyment in reading when I lose myself in a book.

My husband doesn't understand how I manage to finish at least one book a day when I put my mind to it or three!
How do you approach cover design?
I look for something eye catching, but it has to have some reference to the story and title. I also love sleek designs, like the 50 Shades titles.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Wow, that is so difficult!

1. To Kill A Mockingbird - because who doesn't love it?!

2. The Diary of Anne Frank - tragically sad, but absolutely mesmerizing.

3. Anything by Patricia Cornwell, Karin Slaughter, John Connolly, James Patterson, Michael Connolly, Lee Child, Stephen King, Jeffery Deaver, J.K Rowling, E.L James, Karen Rose or autobiographies. Is this cheating, this is cheating, isn't it... okay if I had to choose one I'd say, Patricia Cornwell - Book of the Dead

4. Watch Your Back, by Karen Rose - I just remember reading this and thinking "wow!"

5. The Girl with the Back Tattoo by Amy Schumer
What do you read for pleasure?
Definitely Crime & Thriller books, they are my ultimate, I LOVE Criminology so much so once I finish my other degree I plan to undertake a Criminology course of some kind.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Kindle, without fail.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Social media is always excellent ways of marketing the fruits of your labour, I use Twitter and Facebook.
Describe your desk
Very organised, it is black, has a sleek desk lamp, a printer/scanner/fax machine (I know, a fax machine), my desktop computer (including monitor, mouse and keypad).

My stationery is kept in the drawer or cupboard attached to my desk and I have my mascot, my little red squirrel. a picture of my best friend and I and there is usually a mug of some sort sitting there.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Being able to share my stories with the world and hopefully gaining some positive feedback from readers.
What do your fans mean to you?
They are the most important part of any author's career, their support and feedback means so much.
What are you working on next?
I have a few ideas in the pipeline, one day I would like to write the story of my life, but I don't foresee that happening for a while, I submitted a draft to a magasine once and they turned me down, think I'm still stinging a bit from that.
Who are your favorite authors?
Patricia Cornwell
Lee Child
Stephen King
John Connolly
Michael Connolly
EL James
Karin Slaughter
Karen Rose
JK Rowling

There are so many!
When did you first start writing?
I have been writing little stories since I was a young girl, I would say around 5 or 6, my love of reading saw to it that my imagination spilled onto the page.
What's the story behind your latest book?
It's actually from a dream I had, I always keep a notebook by the side of my bed so if I do remember my dreams I write them down.
What motivated you to become an author?
I showed my stories to my husband and friends and they encouraged me to take the leap and become an author.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
I'll have to come back to you on that one! I haven't published my first book, yet, but we will see!
Published 2016-12-02.
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