Jessica L Myers was born to Dutch parents in Melbourne, Australia, and as a toddler travelled with her parents to many parts of Europe.
As a child Jessica’s vivid imagination and quiet demeanor led her to the imaginary worlds of books. Even at a young age her love for the supernatural was prevalent, with her first loved books being R.L. Stine’s Goosebumps series. Following that she took an interest in other non-fantasy fiction, including Virginia C. Andrews series Flowers in the Attic.
In her teen years Jessica spent many private school hours writing poetry and dark short stories, and took up sketching some of the terrifying things that came from the graphic nightmares she’d grown up with.
As an adult and after meeting the love of her life, Jessica moved to Brisbane, Australia, got married and started a small construction business with her husband. With the birth of her son, Jessica suffered PPD and found escape in her books and their fantasy landscapes. It was in this time that her need to write flourished. In 2009 the decision was made and the first words to her YA novel What Lies Inside were written.
What inspires you to write?
My inspiration to write comes from a belief that I can create something from nothing that can mean something profound to me, and hopefully touch other people’s lives in a positive or constructive way. Past events of my life that have shaped who I now am today feed that inspiration and my ideas, giving those past deep wounds and triumphs a place inside the lives of my characters and stories.
Tell us about your writing process.
Usually a story line or character will pop into my head and if it’s a character that person will just develop in my mind, their struggles, loves and needs coming together as I figure out who they are. With story lines I’ll usually see a main goal and the biggest thing that stands in the way of a character or characters achieving their goals.
Once I’m passed the idea stage I have two ways of writing. One is to pick an event that could start the story and just start writing, keeping my main conflicts in mind. The second is to write out a sentence to summarize each scene I’ve already thought up, and put them in the order I think they should happen. Then again I start from the beginning and fill in the space, letting new ideas, characters and conflicts happen as they occur to me.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I wouldn’t say I talk to my characters, but I do listen. My muse–that creative voice in the back of my mind who created my characters–knows who they are and what they need to overcome to become who they need to be.
What advice would you give other writers?
Everyone starts somewhere with a different past full of events that have shaped who they’ve become. Writing can be a personal outlet. It can also be a public one. If you have a passion for the written word and have something to say that matters, go for it! Even if you never take your writing public, what you do learn from expressing through words will be priceless.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I took an amazing book revision course by Holly Lisle who not only educated me but also introduced me to the world of self-publishing. Of course she detailed both viable options, but through weighing up the pros and cons in my case I decided self-publishing was the way for me. Since then I haven’t looked back. The work involved with self-publishing is greater, I won’t deny that, but you keep all rights to your work and YOU make all creative decisions. You aren’t contacted by an editor who wants you to take a five book series and finish it in two or even one, or who wants you to kill the heart and soul of your book by removing the magic that made you start writing in the first place.
These things made my decision, but as I said earlier there are pros and cons either way. Do your research and figure out what’s right for you 🙂
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think the future of book publishing is changing at a rapid rate. Anyone who’s been on Amazon lately couldn’t deny that. They’re available book list is huge, and any book is in your hands (electronically) in seconds. Publishing is much more user friendly and available to the aspiring writer and creates a platform to launch YOU as an author, along with your work. For writers outside the US, Amazon is the most user-friendly option. iTunes is also an achievable platform, but its processes aren’t as clear-cut. Unfortunately Barnes and Noble only caters to US residing authors, as they have informed me, but maybe one day they too will catch onto the growing trend.
What do you use?
Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer
What genres do you write?
Young Adult, Paranormal Romance, Psychological Thriller
What formats are your books in?
Both eBook and Print