Interview with Jessica Walsh

Published 2015-09-21.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
We spend a good portion of the year travelling to different conventions all over the US and I've always found that selling books in person to people who show up at our tables is the best technique. As for online, there's so many different things to do and they all work together. I think the most effective technique is to just keep going. It may not seem like it's working, but when you stop then sales stop. So you have to keep promoting in a bunch of different ways.
Describe your desk
My main desk at home is actually used for sewing, not writing. There's two sewing machines on one side of the huge table and a drawer of current projects on the other. There's plenty of room for me to lay out fabric pieces, and have a laptop set up so I can watch Netflix while I'm sewing. And I'm surrounded by accessories and tools on all sides, within an easy reach.

As for writing - because that's probably what you're here for - I prefer to either be on a computer with my chrome book super early in the morning when there's almost no sound anywhere or at my 'real life' job during breaks. I don't really have a desk for writing, as I write better under a deadline. If I had a specific place, it would be too easy to go there any time. Which all seems counterproductive, but it works quite well.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in the midwest a loner who loved to climb trees and read books. I didn't spend much time with people and instead preferred to read stories and make up my own. This obviously has melted into my stories since I'm now writing those stories that hopefully other loner kids are sneaking off to read. I also grew up traveling a lot with my parents and going to plays and musicals. It taught me about different cultures and different forms of storyteller, so now I enjoy picking and choosing my mediums, depending on what sort of story I want to tell.
What's the story behind your latest book?
Blushing Apples is my first step into erotica territory and writing a serialized story. Aside from trying out the new genre of erotica and learning the so called 'rules' there, I also wanted to play with the story of Snow White. So I hide little elements of it in the story, which the reader may or may not be able to pick up on. I'm sure as I write more parts it will become more clear that was part of the inspiration. As for this new genre, I'm liking it quite a bit and will definitely be writing more in it.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Honestly, I started with a standard publisher first. After learning how contracts work and experiencing the editing process and marketing, I wasn't convinced that I couldn't handle it better myself, so that's what I did. There are some publishers that I still like to work with, such as Dreamspinner, but other pieces such as Seeking the Storyteller and my erotica work seems to fit a bit better in the Indie publishing world.
What do your fans mean to you?
I love my fans. There is nothing more amazing in the world then having someone come up to you whom you've never met, or only met briefly and they can talk about your characters as if they know them as well as you. We've experienced people cosplaying out characters and coming up to us at conventions asking about the next book, it's a wonderful feeling. I love knowing that this world I've created is something other people can enjoy with me.
What are you working on next?
I have quite a few projects on my plate, mostly because I work better like that. I have a sequel i'm planning to Blushing Apples, plus a few other erotic works in various stages. I'm editing the sequel to Seeking the Storyteller and working on a few fantasy and horror stories in between.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
The alarm clock, first of all - because I still have a 'real life' job outside of writing. Beyond that I love getting up and creating. There's so many ideas dancing around in my head that it will take years to get them all out and that's not even counting the new ones that pop up, so one day is certainly not enough.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
My other huge hobby is costume making/cosplay. I take commissions and make clothes and dresses on order, specializing in plus sized fashion and ballgowns. I love designing dresses, especially based on anime characters, and then bringing the dresses into reality for other people. My partner and I also travel to Anime Conventions all year long selling our crafts and books, all over the US.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I have a few select authors that I know I will always love. Otherwise I like to start with free books and use them to preview which series I might like. I'm also big into urban fantasy and you can often find me reading whatever sounds interesting there, especially if it has kick ass female characters.
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