Jan 18, 2012

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AAD Author Spotlight: Interview with Jessica Jarman plus giveaway

For my third Authors After Dark Spotlight, I welcome Jessica Jarman!

Questions about AAD:
Have you attended Authors After Dark before or are you an AAD virgin like me? 

AAD 2011 was the first year I attended, and I had a blast. It made the decision to go to NOLA for 2012 very easy.  🙂

What are you most looking forward to at AAD2012?

Seeing people I only get to see at events like this, and meeting readers.

Which author(s) attending AAD2012 are you most looking forward to meeting?

Oh that’s a tough one. Looking at the list of attending authors, it’s hard to pick just a few. There are some awesome authors attending.

Questions about your WRITING and READING HABITS:
What did you do when you found out you were being published for the first time?

I was home alone with my kids, and when I got the email acceptance, I was holding the baby. So I did a little excited butt wiggle in the chair, careful not to wake her. Then after putting her down, I called my hubby first thing and I think I may have squealed in his ear a bit. LOL

Of all of the books you’ve written, which is your favorite?

It’s hard to pick a favorite. I think I have a different answer every time I’m asked this question. LOL It depends on my frame of mind at the time and so on. Right now? Probably Coming Home. It was the first book I ever wrote and it sat on my hard drive for over a decade. I pulled it out last year and polished it up. The characters in that book have “lived” with me the longest so they have a special place in my heart.

Have you ever written a scene that made you blush?

Of course! The first sex scene I ever wrote, I think my face was on fire. LOL I don’t blush too much anymore, but when I first started writing erotic scenes, I definitely did.

Who was your favorite hero or heroine to write?

This is another thing that changes depending on my mood. 🙂 Right now I have to say Thalia from my upcoming release Secrets & Spells. Her entire world is turned upside down in a way that would make a lot of people go running for the hills, but she stands firm and perseveres. She’s strong and vulnerable at the same time, and that is quite appealing to me as an author.

Who is your favorite hero or heroine to read?

Oh that’s tough. I have a lot of books I reread for pleasure and it’s usually the characters that I go back for. LOL Gabriel from Julie Garwood’s Saving Grace. Total alpha male with a sweet side. Roarke from JD Robb’s In Death series gives me goosebumps every time. Mr. Darcy from Pride and Prejudice… Seriously, I could go on and on!

Have you ever been surprised by a reader’s reaction to a scene that you wrote – either good or bad? 

I’m not sure if surprised is the right word, but I’m always thrilled to get mail from readers. When someone connects with a character or story, that makes it all worthwhile.

Have you always been a reader or are you like me and got turned off by the mind-numbingly boring deep and multi-layered books you had to read in High School only to ‘find’ reading again as an adult?

I’ve always been a reader. Though there are books I read in High School that bored the ever loving daylights out of me, but when I revisited them as an adult, I was able to appreciate them—like Hemingway, Orwell, Dickens, Steinbeck, Fitzgerald… Back in the day, I didn’t get what the big deal was with them, and well, I’d rather curl up with a steamy romance than read The Grapes of Wrath (I guess that much hasn’t changed!)

What book do you most remember having read in High School?

Emma by Jane Austen. It was the first assigned book I really, truly enjoyed studying and analyzing.

Questions about YOU:
What is your favorite movie?

The A&E version of Pride and Prejudice. Colin Firth as Mr. Darcy… *dreamy sigh* Love it.

What is your favorite flavor of ice cream?

Mackinaw Island Fudge—and I don’t get it unless I’m in Michigan visiting.*grumble*  Which is probably just as well since my hips don’t need it!

Are you a morning person or a night owl?

Definitely a night owl.

Tell us something people might be surprised to learn about you?

Hmmmm, what would surprise people about me… I have an insane fear of driving near water. Not of water; I love swimming and being around water. But driving on a bridge or on a road bordering a body of water terrifies me. I’m terrified of being trapped in a vehicle in the water. Maybe I died that way in a previous life or something. It’s not paralyzing, and I manage to do it, but my heart races and my palms get sweaty…

Question about your UPCOMING RELEASE(S):
You have a book releasing in March through Resplendence Publishing.  Can you tell us about it?

Secrets & Spells is the first in my Northern Circle series, which is set in a small town in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. I’m super excited about this book. One, I grew up in the UP and am a Yooper girl at heart, and two, after writing contemporaries for a while, I was itching to do a paranormal.

In Secrets & Spells, city cop Thalia Wells moves to Parrish, Michigan to become a small town police officer. She is running from her past and sees this move as a welcome respite from her old life. She doesn’t believe in love or magic, but after a while, she begins to questions whether she can find both in this sleepy little town.

What’s next for you?

I’ll be working on another book in my contemporary series, Angel Lake, as well as more paranormal stories set in Parrish.

Thank you so much Jessica for answering my questions.

Thank you for having me!

Jessica is offering TWO eBooks from her backlist to ONE lucky winner!  Just leave a comment below by Sunday, January 22nd 2012 11:59EST and your entered!  Good Luck to everyone and thank thank Thank You to Jessica for offering this great giveaway!

Here’s where you can find Jessica:

  1. Mackinaw Island Fudge sounds very, very dangerous! It’s probably a very good thing that’s not available outside of Michigan! Thanks so much for the interview and giveaway!

  2. Great interview yet again Julie! I’m really enjoying these author interviews you’re offering up to us for AAD. It’s fun to get to know some awesome authors that will be there better and I think it’s been a great opportunity for you to also get to know more authors on a more personal level. 😀 I still find it very interesting that these authors write scenes that make them blush…for some reason in my little world I would have thought that since it was them writing they wouldn’t blush, but the more you really think about it, it makes sense.

  3. Great interview. Plus, I love running into other yoppers! Oh, and I can vouch for Mackinaw Island fudge ice cream, it is divine. I am definetly adding Spells & Secrets to my TBR list. I can’t wait to meet you at AAD 2012. Thanks!

  4. Hi Jessica, you are a new author for me, and I enjoyed reading the interview. Your new paranormal romance is appealing to me, a lot, I love most books with witches/magic in it.

  5. I’m loving these interviews, what a great way to learn about new authors I’m going to meet in NOLA, Yay!! And of course I’m loving the opportunity to participate in the giveaways.
    I haven’t had Mackinaw Island fudge ice cream but sounds delicious, if one day I’m in Michigan for sure I’ll give it a try.
    Thank you for the giveaway.

  6. Thank you,Julie, for having me on your blog!

    I can attest to the fact Mackinaw Island Fudge (the ice cream and just the fudge itself) is truly addicting. We always have the ice cream when visiting family, and we’ll pick up fudge to bring home…and we attempt to make it last by putting it in the freezer but somehow between the six of us, it disappears rather quickly… I won’t admit how large a part I play in that equation. 🙂

  7. Nice interview. You are a new to me author, but hopefully I will get to meet you at AAD 2012. Your books sound interesting. Thanks for a chance.

  8. I’m so envious! I would love to go to AAD and I’d love some of that ice cream right about now :). Thank you for the interview-I love finding new authors.

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