Interview: Jessica Samuels
Today, we introduce you to YA Paranormal Romance author, Jessica Samuels.
Name: Jessica Samuels
Latest Release: The Killer Contract Agency
Genre: Young Adult Paranormal Romance
Jessica Samuels is a Young Adult/ New Adult paranormal romance writer from Chesterfield, Virginia. She is going to Virginia Commonwealth University to become a Journalist and travel all over the world. She has been an avid reader since the fifth grade, and loves to write since it’s something she is passionate about. She loves to play video games and dream about life.
- How long have you been writing?
I’ve been writing since the fifth grade, and I haven’t stopped since.
- What kind(s) of writing do you do?
Novels, Novellas, Short Story, Flash Fiction, Scripts, Plays, Poetry, Non-Fiction, Articles for the web and school. Essays too.
- Why did you choose that particular field or genre?
I love vampires and the supernatural. I also love writing about getting revenge on evil exes and bullies, and I love putting characters together to make them fall in love.
- What inspires you?
Everything. Movies. Books. Television. anything and everything. Conversations I hear, articles I read. Even watching a good television show.
- Where did your love of books/storytelling/reading/writing, etc. come from?
I loved reading at a young age, and when I started excelling in writing as well I fell in love with writing too. I’ve been doing this for so long, and it’s something I do every day.
- How do you find or make time to write?
I find time in between classes, and after school if all my work is done. I find time whenever I can since it’s important to me. I have every Monday off, and I find time to write especially then. I can write when there is downtime at work like watching phones, during lunch, and 15 minute breaks. I even write when I’m going places and running errands especially when I’m going home from school and my mom is driving. I have to make time if I want to write full time.
- Do you write more by logic or intuition, or some combination of the two? Summarize your writing process.
I would say both due to the fact that I sometimes use outlines when I’m stuck and sometimes I don’t use them at all. I write by hand and then type it up. I come up with an idea, write and outline and then start writing just so I don’t get stuck. It all depends on the story since I can have more notes for one story then the other.
- How did you get to be where you are in your life today?
I worked hard to publish 4 ebooks and two paperbacks. I’m also a VCU student getting my Bachelors for Print/Online Journalism. I work three days a week during the weekend at a retail job.
- What projects are you working on at the moment?
At the moment I’m working on several, and I wrote Scarlet book 1 which is with beta readers. Scarlet is a witch, and doesn’t find out till her ex tries to kill her since he wants her witch powers. I’m also halfway through book 2 where she meets Dante and joins The Killer Contract Agency, and it’s where her life changes, and that is also when Nightshade is introduced. I’ve also started on book 3 which has her captured and put in an asylum where an evil necromancer experiments on supernatural creatures. I’m also halfway through AngelWitch which is about a retail worker named Angeline who finds out she is half angel and half witch, and after finding out there is more of her she ends up quitting her retail job to find more of them. It’s going to be a 6 book series since each one has her finding a new member to form the ultimate coven to stop the evil creature heading their way. Of course some are still shaky as I work out the details.
- What process did you go through to get your work published?
I self-published three of them, and for The Killer Contract Agency I wound up finding a publisher after sending my editor to edit my work. Liz suggested I query Write More Publications since it was up their alley, and I got lucky because at the time they were not taking submissions, but I sent it and they said they loved it so I signed a contract with them because I loved their terms.
- What is the hardest part of writing for you?
The hardest part is when you are first starting out with no idea if it will work or not. Then after you are done comes the editing which takes up the most time, and then finally marketing.
- What do you enjoy most about writing? Share your favorite work.
I enjoy the creative process of creating my worlds. I love meeting new characters and writing their stories. This latest story is particularly fun to write since she is really sassy. Like this:
Another day done of this job from hell. The hot water of the shower soothed my sore muscles, but it did nothing for the goop that ran off me in clumps going down the shower drain. Clumps of negative energy residue left over from the customers at my job. The shit that gets sloughed onto me day after day of working in a man made prison of manual labor.
God I hate it! I hate the stupid shits assaulting my mind with impatience, anger, hatred and fear. Of course, I have botanicals to combat their onslaught. Day after day is spent folding clothes while feeling Kyle’s General Store’s customers like bees buzzing in my head. Some are impatient pieces of work. It is just a continuous stream of bullshit and misery. People say be grateful for a job, but even if that means being called names day after day it’s all good? No way! How can I be grateful dealing with people who complain about everything?
- What is the biggest thing people THINK they know about your subject/genre, that isn’t true?
They think it can be full of fluff and that the characters are all the same. They think that everything has already been done before, and that there is nothing original out there. It’s not true; there are books out there with unique voices and people who put spins on the different supernatural creatures out there.
- What is the most important thing that people DON’T know about your subject/genre, that they should?
Every story and author is different. Their voice is what makes them unique. They can take subjects and put a fresh spin on them.
- For those interested in exploring the subject/theme of your work, where should they start?
New Age books, and start reading paranormal romance books. Read fiction and nonfiction books too especially on myths and legends. I love reading about all the various myths and legends associated with vampires. It’s interesting, and search the internet for articles, and if you like magic then new age metaphysical books will help on various subjects. I’ve had a curiosity in certain subjects since I was little which is where it all began.
- What are some ways in which you promote your writing? Do you find that these add or detract from your writing time?
I promote my writing in several different ways. I promote my books using Facebook groups. I do blog tours especially if I have a cover reveal or a book coming out. I film Youtube videos promoting it, and tweeting about it. I share things on facebook, and blog about it. I use Google Plus as well. It can take up more time promoting versus writing but that is why you find the balance between it. There are times when it can detract from my writing time, but there are also times when it can add to it.
- Who are some of your favorite authors? What impact have they had on your writing?
Some of my favorite authors are:
- L.J Smith since I love the worlds she created. I loved her style of writing.
- Laurell K Hamilton her Anita Blake series and Merry Gentry ones are so good because they are descriptive with characters that stick with you.
- Dannika Dark since her Mageri series and her seven series are really well written and I enjoyed her world.
- Yasmine Galenorn since her urban fantasy series are really descriptive with kick ass characters who jump off the page.
- Kerrelyn Sparks since I love her love at stake series they are well written, and the dialogue is witty. Plus, it has vampires and shifters falling in love.
All these authors have supernatural characters and some romance thrown in, and it’s all paranormal romance/urban fantasy. I love reading them.
- What makes your writing stand out from the crowd?
My unique ideas and the fact that people have never seen writing like mine before. My voice is also unique since I have sassy heroines, and write about subjects then make them supernatural.
- What are you currently reading?
Writing Great Books for Young Adults by Regina L.Brooks, Writing the Breakout Novel Workbook by Donald Maass, Chicken Soup for the Soul Inspiration for Writers by Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen, Amy Newmark and Susan M. Heim, and The Writers Craft Series by Rayne Hall. That is non-fiction and there are too many to name for my fiction books.
- What do you think is the future of reading/writing?
Writing will be more for mobile devices and the internet. Reading will be the same as well, and ebooks will become popular along with print. Of course, things change all the time so the future of it can be totally different then what I imagine.
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