She’s a published author of six short stories and is beginning her first full length novel. J.A. doesn’t mess around when it comes to working with a professional team in order to present her best writing.
She also runs her own business and helps people find jobs they love as a professional resume writer.
She is an avid reader of thrillers, romance, new adult and young adult novels. She loves music, movies, and good books. Her downtime consists of a beautiful summer evening with her hubby underneath the stars. If it’s winter, listening to the rain and watching NFL football.
What inspires you to write?
I like to write about topics that are difficult to talk about including mental illness, abuse, new adult life lessons, and domestic violence. My characters give a voice to people who have lost theirs due to difficult situations.
Tell us about your writing process.
I’m a firm believer in an outline or something similar. For my novel I used Larry Brook’s beat sheet. It’s simple and easy to change as my story and characters take shape.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
Yes, they often keep me up at night. They can certainly take over the story and move me into a different direction. I normally see the scene playing differently in my head.
What advice would you give other writers?
Study, listen, and apply solid writing techniques and tools. I’ve heard many authors say rules are made to be broken, but it’s after a writer has a solid understanding and implementation of those tools before they can take liberties. Writing has a structure. It’s the foundation to build your house on.
Also, listen to your instincts about your story. Go with it and watch what unfolds.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I have been traditionally (3 times) and self-published (2 times). Regardless of how I’ve been published, I always work with a qualified editor.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
It’s difficult to predict, but what I don’t see changing is readers wanting a fantastic story to get lost in.
What genres do you write?: Fiction, New Adult Romance, Young Adult, contemporary fiction
What formats are your books in?: eBook
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