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!