Author Spotlight: Jessica Hawkins!

Missed my interview with Jessica Hawkins? No worries! I will be copying them onto blog posts at the end of their time so they can be easily found under the ‘Author Spotlight’ category!
I know, it took me a while to do this but my light bulb just turned on haha! I will be copying previous Author Spotlights as I go so you can find them as well. It will just take some time so please bear with me.
You can find the interview below:

Name: Jessica Hawkins
Genre/s you write: Contemporary forbidden romance
Birthday: May 18th
Number of books out: 9, soon to be 10!

-What are you currently working on?
I’m writing a spin-off of Slip of the Tongue, my last novel. In SotT, the main character has a brother, Andrew, who intrigued me from the moment he was on the page. I HAD to explore his story. It’s with the editor now, so there’ll be more changes to make, but I expect to release it in August.
-Do you edit your own books?
No. I go through a self-editing process, but once that’s done, I send it to a content editor. When her changes are applied, I move on to a sort of advanced proofread to catch those mistakes that inevitably slip through. I met my editor at a romance conference. She was giving a presentation and I was so impressed by her professionalism and knowledge, I approached her afterward. We’ve been working together ever since! 
-Do you have a morning routine? 
I’ve recently found I’m most productive if I write first thing in the morning, so now, yes—I have a routine. I wake up, put my dog in the car, and head to the local coffee shop for something strong and delicious. Then I come home and aim to write 2,000 words, which is about 2 hours. Sometimes I continue, most times I shift into business/social media mode, which can be just as important as the writing.
-Do you travel a lot while you write? 
I love to travel. In fact, I just returned from a trip that included Chicago, London, and Paris. I have a series based in Chicago, and it was my first visit there, so I was delighted. I don’t have anything set in London or Paris, but you can bet the ideas are flowing now that I’ve been there. I tend to have a difficult time writing while I travel—I’m better at self-editing on the go—but usually when I return from a trip, I feel regenerated and inspired, and the words come spilling out. Slip of the Tongue was a result of a 3-week road trip to Seattle. I did a lot of driving, which meant large chunks of time to develop the story in my head. When I got home, I wrote Slip of the Tongue in 6 weeks.

-What is your favorite book? Why?
It’s a toss up between Gone with the Wind and The Bronze Horseman trilogy. They sink you into their worlds and then drown you in them. I love to be tortured when I read, and for me, they both accomplished that.
-What are 3 of your ultimate life necessities?
Burt’s Bees tinted lip balms, good-looking sunglasses and a camera of some sort. My laptop is my real lifeline, though. It’s like an extra limb
-Funny publishing/writing moment?
Many years ago, I started writing my first series. It was only a few scenes or so, nothing major. It was loosely inspired by Anna Karenina, so as a stand-in, I named the female character ‘Anna’ and based on my love of the TV show Nip/Tuck, I chose ‘Christian’ for my hero. Imagine my surprise when I re-opened the file years later—after Fifty Shades of Grey had been released. My first order of business was obviously renaming those characters.
-What is your favorite quote?
In terms of writing, “The best stories don’t come from ‘good vs. bad’ but ‘good vs. good.’”

Coming this summer: The First Taste, a spin-off of Amazon bestseller, Slip of the Tongue. I’m so looking forward to sharing this story with everyone. Andrew Beckwith is a bad boy-turned-single-dad with a heart of steel that has only one weakness—his daughter. He’s vowed never to fall in love again, but hard as he tries, some things can’t be controlled. Stay tuned!


My review/s for this author:

[Night Fever Series] [Slip of the Tongue]


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