About Jessica Page:
I’m an avid reader (and dreamer) who hails from northern Ontario Canada where I live with my husband and fur babies. I hope my stories provide you with an escape and some entertainment for a little while (that’s really all I can ask for).
What inspires you to write?
I’m inspired by many things. I’ve always been creative, and I’ve always had a wild imagination that is influenced by a lot of things. I’m inspired by music, books, movies, life events… it all depends on what’s going on in life, my mood and isn’t exactly something I can pinpoint. Inspiration can come out of nowhere and wisp away just as quickly. Inspiration is a beautiful thing.
Tell us about your writing process.
With each story, I usually start by writing down everything I can think of about the story (i.e. characters, major events, the overall storyline, scenes, details,..). Then throughout the process, I am constantly writing bits and pieces of the dialogue, major events and at times whole scenes (often in sequence of the story development, but at time I just need to get it out of my head). I also use my voice recorder a lot to get dialogue and/or key scenes I think of written down.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I often put myself in the scene and play it out in my mind as I’m writing it. I also read dialogue out loud to get a sense of the flow.
What advice would you give other writers?
Just take a deep breath and jump in. I was always too afraid to put myself out there, to be vulnerable and to be judged, but I now know I would have regretted not trying. I think if writing makes you happy and you’re willing to continue to learn and improve as an author then you’re ahead of the game.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I considered self-publishing at first, but I decided to submit my novels to publishers to get me started. I’m still learning so much about this crazy publishing world, and I decided that I needed some guidance and help to get me started. I’m happy I did it that way because I’ve taken a lot of the pressure of me while I continue to develop and learn as an author. I did a lot of research and bought a few novels from the publishing companies that had expressed interest in my novels to see what kind of novel they were publishing.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
Wow… that’s a very complex question, and I’m still so new at all this I’m not sure I’m the best person to answer. I think book publishing, as it is, allows for a lot of opportunity for people to get their stories out there which is a great thing. The publishing world is in transition much like many other industries, and that will have both positives and negatives associated with it. I can only speak about my experiences, and so far, I’ve had a lovely experience. I’ve had the pleasure of meeting wonderful authors who have become friends. I’ve received beautiful and inspiring words from readers, and I’ve worked with incredibly creative and supportive people. I can only hope that others have similar experiences on their journey in publishing.
What do you use?: Professional Editor, Beta Readers
What genres do you write?: Adult Fiction – Paranormal, Contemporary and Suspense Romance
What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print