Interview with Author of Girl Meets World, Jess Watkins

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Having lost her mother and brother, Stella stands on the roof of her building, about to jump. She is stopped by a handsome young man, who jumps first. Somehow, he survives and Stella soon discovers that Conner holds a dark secret and more than a passing connection to her own unhappiness.

But Conner isn’t the only man to take an interest in Stella. Will is dangerous. He has mood swings, a crazy older brother and the ability to heal abnormally quickly. Stella knows what Conner is, but what exactly is Will – and why does he appear to know more about Conner than she does?

Interview

Hello Jess, glad you could join me today. Did you see Ariel on the way in? I am interviewing her for my new book and she’s not been a werewolf long so you can’t be too careful. But you know a lot about the paranormal, so I don’t have to explain anything to you.

Hello, Crystal. I thought I smelled a werewolf, but I didn’t see her.

I’ll just start with some questions so your fans can get to know you better.

Q. What made you decide to write a paranormal book ?

Paranormal is one of my favourite genres so I thought I would give writing a paranormal book a go and see what I could come up with.

Q. What is the most difficult thing about publishing a book?

I would say it’s trying to make your work stand out, especially when you don’t have a literary agent. You’ve got to capture the readers’ interest which is hard when there are so many good books around.

Q.What experience or education was the most helpful when you started writing your book?

One of my English teachers once said to me “You’re not much of a writing person are you?” which made want to prove her wrong and encouraged me to write. Also moving half way around the world helped me see things from other people’s perspectives.

Q. What has been your overall experience when dealing with other authors?

I’ve found other authors to be very helpful and encouraging. I’m on several writing websites and the members are always supportive and offer advice.

Q. Is there a website or writers group that you found particularly helpful to your writing?

Jottify is probably the website where I get the most feedback from other authors. It’s hard to be critical of your own work so having other people willing to help is brilliant.

Q. Is there a type of music or something else that helps you write when you get stressed out or have a bad day?

I always find that listening to a bit of Paranormalmore or Evanescence cheers me up and gets the creative juices flowing.

Q. How long did it take to write your book?
It took me around six months to write the first draft and then a month or so to edit it.

Q. Have you found family and friends to be supportive and if so, how?

My family and friends have been very supportive, though surprised as I didn’t tell anyone that I was even writing a book. They’ve all been buying my book and recommending it to their friends.

Q. Are you working on another book? Will it continue a series?

I’ve got several books in the works but at the top of the list is the sequel to Girl Meets Underworld. I’m only planning on writing one more book about Stella but you never know, I may end up doing more.

Q. Is there anything you would like to share with other authors or your fans?
Never give up on your dreams. Don’t let people tell you what you can or can’t do.

Thank you, Jess for sharing with us and maybe we’ll see you again when the next book comes out.

Jess Watkins is currently in her final year of university studying a Masters in Chemistry. She has lived in three different countries and owns an unreasonable number of t-shirts. A Whovian, Browncoat and Sherlockian, Jess loves fantasy and sci-fi as well as animals, reading and skiing, and of course writing.

Here’s a link to Jess’s facebook fanpage:
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Jess-Watkins/501916809855138

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