Today, I’m so pleased to have Jody A Kessler here for Friday Featured Author. She has a brand new release out, but before we get to her story, the boxed set, and the interview, let me share a little bit about Jody.
About Jody A. Kessler
When Jody isn’t navigating the terrain of her imagination and writing it down, she can be found exploring the wilderness of Colorado with her family, or in the kitchen baking cookies & brownies – and then trying not to eat them all. She’s passionate about continuing to learn and reads anything and everything that catches her interest. Jody is a full time mom, a Reiki Master, and has taught Hatha yoga for over a decade.
Jody’s debut novel, Death Lies Between Us, is the winner of RomCon’s Readers’ Crown award for best Paranormal Romance in 2014. She is currently working on a historical time travel series set in Montana in the 1860’s. The first book in the series,
The Night Medicine, is available now on Amazon.
She invites you to visit her website at www.jodyakessler.com
Tell us about your latest release?
Heart of the Secret is a fun paranormal romance about a modern-day witch who will do anything to break the 500 year-old wedding curse on her family.
Here is the logline –
A 500 year-old curse, a witch who will do anything to marry her one true love, and the heart of a secret that will either divide them or bring them together…forever.
The storyline for Heart of the Secret came to me almost instantly. I enjoyed writing this novella immensely and I hope to continue writing more books in this series called, Witches of Lane County. The novella is coming out June 16th as part of the Magical Weddings box set.
Are you a plotter or pantser?
Plotter! I’ve found that being a pantser makes it easier to write myself into a corner. This can be devastating and takes away from valuable writing time if I get stuck fixing a major plot problem. So now I love plotting. I use index cards so I can shuffle my scenes around, and I also have timelines, a dry erase board, and outlines. I’m a plotting fanatic.
What was the most difficult part of the publishing process for you?
One of the harder parts of the publishing process is the waiting. Waiting for my kid to go to sleep so I can write another page, waiting for acceptance or rejection letters, waiting for the editor to send the next round of edits, waiting for release day, waiting to be paid, waiting to hit a best-seller list. I must be impatient, but I don’t like waiting.
How about the most fun?
Acceptance is the fun part. Acceptance letters of course, but also emails saying you won an award—that happened to me once—and it was the greatest day! Acknowledgment and acceptance from readers who love your book is really fun. It is the greatest feeling and makes the more challenging aspects of publishing worth it. I have to add that meeting authors and editors has also been a wonderful bonus to joining the publishing world.
What inspired you to write your first book?
I’m not sure I know where the inspiration came from, but I can tell you how it happened.
My infant son had colic forever—it really felt like forever. When the colic finally did pass he was extremely shy with anyone but my husband and me. My kid would scream if anyone even looked at him. He also had sleep problems. So, I decided to close my business and not return to work. I was very fortunate to be able to do this and I loved staying home with my son even if he was testing my sanity.
Anyhow, I’ve always had an extremely active mind and I like to stay busy. I used to write constantly when I was young, but as I became an adult, I sort of stopped. When I was home with my son I realized that I really wanted to start writing again. It was an undeniable urge to put pen to paper and create a story. I bought a spiral notebook and started writing during his naps. My first novel was picked up by a publisher about two years after I bought that first notebook.
Do you have any writing rituals? (Time of day to write, must have beverages? Etc?)
During the day, I crave coffee and tea. I find myself walking into the kitchen for a hot beverage right before every writing session. I like to tell myself that I’m not addicted to caffeine, but I probably am. I’m also a night owl and I am really productive after dark.
Who is your go-to author, the one you know you can always count on to deliver a great story?
I love Diana Gabaldon’s work and will read any of her books twice. But, to be perfectly honest, I am a huge fan of whatever tickles my fancy in the moment. I will read just about any genre and I have a deep love of words. Charles Frazier is another favorite author because his writing is stunning.
I just finished reading All That’s Unspoken by Constance Phillips and I loved it! The novel was exactly what I wanted to read at the time and I couldn’t put it down. I highly recommend it to anyone who likes sweet romance.
What projects are you working on at the present?
I’m currently working on two novels at once. This is new for me. I normally write one book at a time, but I found that the novel on the backburner (I always have a novel stewing—usually a few of them) wouldn’t quit talking to me. I started writing a contemporary romance at the same time that I’m writing a coming of age story. I’m very excited about both novels and hope to release one of them by January/February of 2016.
What do your plans for future projects include?
Oooh….plans. I like plans. Book releases and a writing schedule help me stay productive. I currently have two novels waiting to be released. They are part of my new adult paranormal series, An Angel Falls. I hope to release book 3, Haunting Me, in September and book 4 sometime next year. I also have a release party on Facebook, June 16th for the Magical Weddings box set–you’re all invited by the way—and beyond that, I hope to be happy, content, and writing full time.
Thanks for having me on Feature Fridays! Hope you’re reading a fantastic book!
Heart of the Secret (Part of the Magical Weddings Boxed Set)
Aspen Morgan is an extraordinary, beautiful, and talented witch with the power to control animals and earth magic. She also deeply desires to marry Rook Avesbury. Unfortunately, Aspen knows that being a Morgan means she is destined to a life of solitude. The Morgans of Lane County don’t get married, they don’t explain why, and their secret always dies with them.
While studying the stars along the northwest coast, Rook, a handsome and charming wizard from the British Isles, falls in love with the captivating Aspen Morgan. After seven blissful months together, Rook is ready to spend forever with her.
Will the Morgan family curse be the end of Rook and Aspen, or will she find a way to reveal the deadly secrets of an enchanted journal and break the five hundred-year-old spell that is preventing their happily ever after?
Magical Weddings is available for pre-order for .99 cents on Amazon ~ 15 Enchanting Romances
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