I was born and raised in Elk County, Pennsylvania. In 2007, my husband and I built our dream home on the edge of Clearfield and Centre County, PA, just north of State College. I am mom to three daughters, Jaren, Kelly, and Kerry. Kelly drew the map in the front of my Alainnshire books, and Kerry designs my book covers. Jaren lives in Austin, Texas.
By day, I am a mild-mannered staff assistant for the Central Intermediate Unit # 10/ Development Center for Adults. I also function as a GED tester for the CIU #10, a job I really enjoy. It’s wonderful to help people reach their goal of getting a better job or going to school by getting a GED.
I also love anything that has to do with gardening, and I’ve been an active genealogist for over twenty years.
What inspires you to write?
Though I wrote when I was a teen, writing a book wasn’t even on my radar screen for 2012. My husband lost his job in early February under circumstances that made me rather homicidal for a while, I’m afraid. It was during that time that Aislin came knocking. I tried to ignore her then finally sat down and started to write her story for stress relief. And also so I wouldn’t land in jail. LOL! A whole series of stories took shape while I was writing Aislin of Arianrhod. There are four books planned, though I would do more if they presented themselves to me.
Tell us about your writing process.
I am mostly a seat of the pants writer, though I have about twenty pages of backstory and genealogy for the characters in my books. Having this “behind the scenes” stuff helps me keep ages and things straight. Knowing their backstory also helps me help them react appropriately, even if I’m the only one who knows it. I will write anytime I have inspiration, but I find I fire on all eight cylinders when I get up early and write before I go to my other job.
I had originally planned only three books for the Alainnshire series. I have a fourth book started, and that was quite unintentional! My husband Gordon and I were cleaning the house one day, and all of a sudden these wonderful scenes and ideas started playing in my head like a movie. “I’ll be right back,” I said. Two hours later….
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
Absolutely! I got stuck a number of times while writing Aislin of Arianrhod, and I feel as though Aislin fed the story to me during my walks in the woods and other quiet times. I had a very hard time putting the characters in Aislin of Arianrhod aside to write Winter’s Child. Cara Tanner, my heroine in the second book, was a little perturbed with me in the beginning until I ‘got’ her. Thankfully, everyone is in the third book. Old friends!
Sometimes I’ll be writing with a clear idea of what I want to say, and the characters will totally wrest control away from me and take it in a different direction. I love when that happens! It usually ends up better than what I’d originally planned.
What advice would you give other writers?
Don’t be in a hurry (said the impatient Ms. Jesberger). If I had one thing to do over again, I would’ve taken more time to write and revise Aislin. Read other authors you admire to see how they word things. HIRE A PROFESSIONAL EDITOR! Find one you can afford. They make all the difference in the world.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
When it looked like I might actually finish the darned thing, I thought “why not?” I had given birth to my very own cover designer and map artist. All the pieces had come together quite nicely. Seemed like a good idea.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think self-published and indie authors are coming, like it or not. I know change scares the establishment to death, but life IS change. I know a lot of self-published books aren’t up to par, but the good tends to rise to the top. We’ve already seen it a couple of times.
What do you use?
Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer, Beta Readers
What genres do you write?
What formats are your books in?
Both eBook and Print
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