Jessica was kind enough to let me interview her and help her readers gain a little insight into the book, as well as, herself. Purchase your copy at one of the following retailers…
Thank you so much for hosting me today!
What is the inspiration behind Beneath the Starry Sky?
Tamara from Beneath the Starry Sky is a minor character in my first published story, Celestial Seduction. After that story released, my muse begged me to write Tamara’s story.
How did you come up with the title?
Would you believe from a children’s book? I always have such trouble coming up with titles and usually wait until just before I send the story to my critique partners to select a title, or a couple of choices. With Beneath the Starry Sky, I was reading a bedtime story to my son, and found the phrase in his book. It was an ah-ha moment as it suits the story perfectly.
If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in this book?
I’ve rewritten certain scenes in this story, a couple times. I only wish I’d written them the same as the end product from the beginning. It would have saved me some time. LOL
Is there anything that you found particularly challenging in writing this story?
I love a story that can stir my emotions, and I try to do the same with my stories. The biggest challenge was ensuring I did just that.
Did you learn anything from writing this book and what was it?
Tamara, the heroine in Beneath the Starry Sky, has Alopecia Areata. Before writing this story, I knew a little about the autoimmune disease, but through research, I learned so much more.
Was there one character vs. another that you liked writing more?
I always have fun writing my male point-of-views, in this story, Josh Summers. I get to put myself in a different mindset, and I usually have my husband read the scene over to make sure it’s not too far off from a male’s perspective.
Who is your favorite character in the book?
That’s a difficult question, as I love both characters. But, being female, I can relate to Tamara more than Josh.
What are your current projects?
I’m working on the sequel to a novel coming out later this year, as well as more short stories and novellas.
Can you share a little of your current work with us?
Sure, here’s a scene from the first chapter of All Grown Up:
“You can beat the alien.”
Groaning, she pivoted to focus on the ass who couldn’t keep his mouth shut. “Thanks for volunteering, Dietrict. I look forward to our match next Tuesday.”
His face blanched as he received pats on the back.
Satisfied with his reaction, she focused on her current opponent. “You ready, Gioia?”
He gulped then nodded.
I don’t think I’ll ever grow tired of making these guys sweat. Starting out slow, she kept her movements deliberate and easy to block. Lunge punch. Uppercut. Roundhouse to his head. Then she retreated so as not to leave herself exposed.
“Beat ET,” Dietrict said. Then the chant continued throughout the room.
Focus and breathe. Master Young’s calming words recited in her mind. Inhale. Exhale.
She blocked out the chanting and focused on her opponent.
“C’mon Gioia. You’re not going to let a puny alien girl beat you.”
Red flashed before her eyes. Gioia’s fist slammed into her chin. As she rocked back from the force, the onlookers cheered. The chanting grew louder.
With new determination, she increased the speed and force of her kicks and punches. I’m done being nice. Gioia lost focus after she punched him in the side of the head. She used the opportunity to snap his knee with a side kick. He fell to the ground, his breathing labored.
“You done yet or do you want to go another round?” He wasn’t enough of a challenge for her anyway. She’d barely broken a sweat.
What book are you currently reading?
I’m reading Screwing the Superhero by Rebecca Royce. It’s the first book in her Sexy Superheroes series which takes a fresh look at the superhero life.
Once again, thank you for hosting me today!
[box]Jessica Subject started writing to encourage her daughter to read. Now she writes to keep herself grounded. Although she reads many genres, she enjoys writing Science Fiction Romance the most and believes everyone in the universe deserves a happily ever after. She lives Southwestern Ontario, Canada with her husband and two kids and loves to hear from anyone who has enjoyed her stories. [/box]
[author] [author_image timthumb='on']http://www.hesperialovesbooks.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/73872_1419552338252_1515964016_30876331_2312237_n.jpg [/author_image] [author_info]I read to save my sanity, plain & simple. I am a married mother of 3 (2 of which are teenagers, yay me!) who needs an escape from the eye rolls, attitude and day to day drama that comes along with raising teenagers. Without books, I would be medicated [/author_info] [/author]