Getting the Scoop on Jessica Scott!

Jessica Scott

It’s author Jessica Scott!

If you haven’t already heard of her, or read one of her captivating books, then I’d like to introduce you to Jessica Scott! She is a woman of many talents and refers to herself as an “Army Officer, Mom, Author, & Wrangler of the Stuffed & Fluffy” (just check her website to see for yourself, see below).

If your not already familiar with her work, you will want to check out her books, “Because of You” and “Until There Was You”, both of which are currently available for purchase from a number of vendors. Her stories are both passionate and heartwarming romances that you will hold dear to your heart long after you have finished reading them.

But this post is about getting the scoop on Jessica (as a woman and a writer). Who better to get it from than the woman herself? I got the chance to have a quick chat with Jessica, and I will share the juicy details with you here:

When did you first know you were meant to be a writer? 

I really didn’t, but I decided that I would seek publication back in 2007 after I finished my first book (which will NEVER see the light of day).”

What was the defining moment in your life that really changed things for your writing career?

“Finishing that first book. That was some heady stuff! Of course, writing the end is really just the beginning because revising is where the real work begins. “

Which of your writing projects are you most proud of?

“I have to say that Because of You is the project I’m most proud of simply because those characters would not give up until their story was told.”

If you could name one person who helped you the most in becoming the person you are today, who would it be and why?

“My mom. She’s such a strong, independent woman. She’s the reason I have the backbone I have today.”

Since most writers are also avid readers, which author or authors are you a fan of? 

“Huge Nalini Singh fan but more recently, Shawntelle Madison has become my go to gal for UF. Full disclaimer that she’s a friend of mine but her voice is just something special! I’m beta reading a project of hers right now and you know it’s going to be good when I get completely sucked in and a whole 30 minutes on the elliptical goes by without me realizing it!”

Do you have an all time favorite book? 

“Whoo that’s such a tough one. I really can’t pick just one.”

How do you overcome writer’s block? 

“Time. I’ve learned that for me it’s not that I’m blocked its that my subconscious hasn’t figured out how to get beyond/through the scene I’m writing. Soemtimes, I have to let it gel, other times, I have to delete a bunch and other times, I have to essentially start over.”

Do you have any favorite bands or playlists to help motivate you during your writing? 

“I definitely write to rock music but really, anything that gets stuck in my head is pure awesomeness. I’m not sure what the connection is between ear worm and word count but there is for me!”

If you could give any piece of advice to your younger self, what would it be?

“Relax and enjoy it. Life goes by so fast. Take time to simply enjoy the moments.”

What suggestions do you have for new authors who are trying to get exposure for their work?

“I guess the best thing to do is simply find something that you enjoy. If you dig Pinterest, go for it. Do it because you love it, not because it sells books. Be yourself, the rest will follow.” 

You can find out more about Jessica and her books by visiting any of the following websites:

http://www.jessicascott.net/Welcome.html

https://it.twitter.com/JessicaScott09

http://www.amazon.com/Jessica-Scott/e/B005H8DT94

Caught in the Storm

Today’s post is not some attempt at pearls of wisdom or insightful quotes. Today my thoughts and prayers go out to all the victims and the families that are suffering in the throws of Hurricane Sandy. The devastation it is causing is heart wrenching, and the loss of lives is absolutely tragic. May God guide the relief workers and everyone who is working hard to save as many lives as possible.

 

http://t.news.msn.com/us/sandys-us-toll-climbs-to-39-82-million-without-power

 

Defying the Odds

I know you have heard stories about people defying the odds. Sometimes its patients with cancer who are given six months to live, but somehow they manage to live another three, five, or ten years. Other times you hear about children born with missing limbs that go on to complete amazing feats like the Olympics.

Do you ever wonder what sets them apart? How is it that these seemingly ordinary people are able to face and overcome these incredible obstacles?

What if there is no single right answer to these questions? Perhaps it is not reliant upon a characteristic or quality within these certain people.

What if it’s a culmination of the support, love, and enduring faith given to them by their friends, family, and the community as a whole? Maybe the answer lies not in what makes that one person so special. Just possibly, it’s about how many other people came together and contributed in any way they could to help a miracle happen.

Taking a Stand

There comes a point in every life that you come to a crossroads. It’s where you find yourself torn between doing what you know is right or doing what is easy.

These two will seldom ever lead to the same path. It is facing this decision that will give you a true insight to your character.

It is easy to say that you would “do the right thing” or that you are “a fighter”. But no one really knows “the stuff of which they are made” until they are tested.

When your time comes to make a stand, make the decision you are truly prepared to live with. Do not base it just on the comfort of the moment, nor upon idealistic principle.

You are the one who will live not only with your decision, but with the consequences which follow. So be firm in your convictions and let your steps be true.

Slaying the Beast

Remember when you were a kid afraid of the monster under the bed, or the one hiding in the closet? You looked the other way and believed that if you didn’t see it, then it wasn’t real.

We teach ourselves the fine art of denial at a very young age. It carries on with us into adulthood. We turn a blind eye to the things in life we don’t like or don’t want to acknowledge. As if by not accepting them as truth, somehow they will cease to exist.

Denial is a band-aid fix, my friend. You’re just playing the part of the little dutch boy with your finger in the dam. Do you really think you can hold back that flood?

Everybody’s got a beast in their lives. Some of us “lucky” people have more than one. Beasts come in many forms. It could be anything, such as financial mismanagement, substance abuse, crumbling relationships, or feeling like a failure as a parent.

Deep down, you know what your beast is. When it rears it’s ugly head you can feel it. It fills you up with so much negativity, it is like a storm swooped in and you’re ducking before the lightning hits.

There is only one way to make things better. It may be a hard journey down a long and nasty road. You may even feel like you’re fighting against yourself. Fear of change lets us grow comfortable even in our misery. But you will never be free until you slay the beast.

Words to Live By

Everyone has a mantra or a motto. You may not consciously realize it, but it’s there in the back of your mind, rearing its head when you need it. Life presents us with situations every day that causes us to draw upon little belief systems we have inside. Call it a personal creed, a motto, a mantra, or a life statement, but there is a way in which you choose to view, and react to, the world and others in it.

Perhaps you “pay it forward”; “perform random acts of kindness”; or “do unto others”?

On the flip-side, maybe you “look out for number one”; “feel only the strong survive”; or “believe in the team of ME”.

The importance is not on whether your inner words are active or passive, positive or negative.  The questions we should really be asking ourselves are these: Why do I view the world in this way? Has it helped me to be happy with my life?

The words you choose should be a true reflection of the life you want to live.

Let Your Freak Flag Fly

Life should be filled with the pursuit of your passions. One of the greatest surprises in life is the reveal of the unexpected. You are so much more than just your day job! Deep inside you have a secret dream of that identity you want to have. Be it a writer, poet, photographer, dancer, artist, rodeo clown, or whatever, it’s your slice of life so take it. The pursuit of your passions is only hindered by the limits you impose upon yourself. Don’t be defined by your daily life. Instead, define your daily life by the fulfillment of your dreams. It’s time to let your freak flag fly!