Yay! *claps happily* I have fellow Noble Romance author, Jess Anatasi visiting my blog today, along with her absolutely STUNNING cover art! Sigh... cover art happiness... Please take a moment to make her feel welcome!
Before we get started, tell us a little about you, Jess
– I live in
– Jumped up and down saying "oh my god oh my god!" because I loved it so much! CH Scarlett is kind of brilliant, she also did covers for Sanctuary and Severance and I pretty much had the same reaction to all of them.
- Yes, for a while it was the screensaver on my phone (Severance is my screensaver at the moment) and I pretty much plastered it wherever I could think of. I'm sure people were sick of hearing about it.
– Sanctuary and Dead Reality were both already there ready to go, but I wrote Severance in about 4 weeks. I tend to be a prolific writer when I get the time and am on a roll, especially if I'm really enthusiastic about what I'm writing. This past fortnight, I just churned out a 30,000 word novella and am now ready to start work on the 3rd Sanctuary book. With any luck, I might get that written in another 4 – 5 weeks as well.
- Funnily enough, anything "space" related. I'm a total geek. I'll watch documentaries on wormhole theory (though I probably only understand less than half of it) quantum physics (though again, at a disadvantage when it comes to IQ levels) or programs about discovering the rest of the universe. Inspiration can strike at any time. I'm intrigued by the idea of the possibilities, who knows what's "out there", could be anything! I also LOVE sci-fi and spec-fic. Joss Whedon is my ultimate hero, because Firefly/Serenity was quite simply brilliant. Not to mention all things Buffy, Angel and Dollhouse are great. And I am a tiny bit obsessed with Supernatural, Vampire Diaries and Smallville (*sob* Smallville is on its last season!)
- Even though I loved my Sanctuary idea (mixing sci-fi, paranormal and romance) I wasn't ever sure I'd be able to do anything with it. Luckily Noble thought the idea was brilliant and took Sanctuary, giving me the chance to write Severance and continue the series. Although Noble was willing to take the risk on the story, I wasn't sure how readers would receive it, I didn't know if it was too different. But, the reviews and feedback I've been getting have been great. Something about the story just seems to be working and has really hit a chord with readers. And it's at this point I will shamelessly mention the 5/5 stars reviews Severance has gotten – one at Long and Short Romance Reviews (http://longandshortreviews.blogspot.com/2011/03/severance-by-jess-anastasi.html) and the other at The Romance Reviews (http://www.theromancereviews.com/viewbooksreview.php?bookid=2076)
– Yes, I would say that all my stories have a suspenseful element to some degree. I like to keep myself entertained, I like to "challenge" (aka torture) my characters, and I want to keep the reader engaged and invested in the story.
- Make sure the crit partner you're going to be working with understands exactly what you want out of working with her/him. If this isn't established from the start, you could end up wasting your time and it ends up being a frustrating or upsetting experience. Also, you don't have to take on everything your crit partner suggests, they are suggestions. If something doesn't feel true to you, you have the right to say no, even if you crit partner is more experienced in the industry. It's all about learning, after all.
Or my website (which I am terrible at updating, so you'll find more to-the-moment info on my blog www.jessanastasi.com
Be sure to stop by tomorrow to get a sneak peek at one of Jess's unique stories!