Please tell us a little about yourself.
My name is and has always been Jessica, and I was born almost 36 years ago in a coal miner city in Germany. Though the only effect of that industry I have ever seen were the breathtaking purple skies in the morning. For about 13 years now I am living in Berlin with the love of my life and am enjoying all kinds of creative outlets, Movies, TV shows of all kind of genres and computer games.
How did you come up with the title of “Sra’kalor”?
For my Ashwood Falls Series I had a concept in my mind when it comes to my book titles. While every book of the Trilogy will play around the same couple, each has a new ‘baddie’ to put obstacles into their way. The book titles are something that is connected to the opponent in the respective book. So Sra’kalor has a connection to the character of Dracon, but what kind of connection that is, you’ll have to find out yourself.
What is your favorite character of “Sra’kalor”?
That is hard, but if I had to decide it would be Alana. Despite the obstacles and the completely foreign life she finds herself in, she finds strength and does not give up. She also is that kind of innocent that I sometimes which to go back to, not knowing about the dangers and evil things in the world.
What genre do you enjoy writing the most and why?
Romance and children’s stories. I just love writing them, and it is really hard to describe why. I just feel fully emerged when I can write romance stories. I am a helpless romantic, always have been. When it comes to children stories, I imagine telling my future kids these stories one day, which gives them the extra spark.
How would you describe your writing style?
Chaotic creative. I have so many ideas all the time. I just write them down and hope to get to it. When it comes to a story I am writing on, I have a million notes written down, and am trying to sort them, so I can integrate them more easily. Though when it comes to actual writing I am the kind that begins and then goes in chronological order. I know that some people write a beginning, then an end and then the parts in between in no particular order, but I would confuse myself with that. I prefer following the story timeline but let it flow and see where it goes.
What authors inspire your writing?
There are quite some. I am reading so much and when I like their writing they inspire me with it. It would be impossible to list them all. Linda Howard, Nalini Singh, John R. Cameron, Lynsay Sands, Shannon K. Butcher, Katie MacAlister, to just name a few.
What would you like to be if you weren’t a writer?
I have never thought about that, to be honest, since I always knew that I want to write. But I would possibly do something with kids.
What are you working on now?
I am working on the second part of the Ashwood Falls Trilogy, which will continue the story of Alana and Leandrus/Tyler. I also am working on a story, that will add a little twist to a well known Fairy Tale. I won’t reveal much about that yet, as that is still in the fledgling stages.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Write what you love, write as often as you can, do your ‘homework’ and don’t give up. There are times when it seems impossible, but those fade away once you see your name on that finished book.
Thank you very much Jessica for stopping by to answer our questions!