Jessica Subject – “Crash Landing”
Boo! Trick or Treat?
I’ve always enjoyed the treat, but it doesn’t have to be candy.
What costume are you wearing?
This year I’ll be a nurse, but not in front of the kids.
What age did you Trick-or-Treat to and what was your favorite candy?
I think I was 12 the last time I went out. I took my younger brother with me. My favorite candy was those little caramel cubes. Now, I love anything that is chocolate.
How do you feel about “fun-sized?”
They are perfect!
Wait! You can’t come in yet! What did you bring us? Crash Landing. It’s a sci-fi erotica short story.
As his ship plummets toward Earth, Cael believes his life to be over. His last ditch effort to save himself ends in a fiery crash. When he wakes up, he believes he’s entered the afterlife, but his surroundings indicate otherwise. He made it to Earth. But who saved him, and what do they want with him?
How much do you write at night? Do you have any creepy rituals?
I only write at night when inspiration hits. That doesn’t happen very often though, as I’m usually brain dead by the time 8 PM rolls around. I do most of my writing during the day. As for rituals, no. With kids, I’ve learned to write whenever I get the chance. Though one night, when I was in my office printing off a new contract, I had a cat peer in my window. It was really creepy, and I screamed. I always check out that window now before I sit at my desk.
What is your favorite thing about Halloween?
I love seeing all of the kids dressed up in their costumes.
Do you like ghost stories? (What’s your fav?)
I don’t read many fictitious ghost stories, but I like to hear about other people’s real experiences with ghosts.
What is your favorite Holiday and why? Do you have any books about that Holiday?
My favorite holiday would be a toss-up between Christmas and Canada Day. On Christmas, I love seeing my kids open their gifts. It brings me so much joy. And of course, I love spending time with my family. Canada Day is less work than Christmas, and there’s fireworks. Tons of fun every year.
I have two stories that mention Christmas, and one that mentions Canada Day, but in general, neither are specifically about either holiday. I’m going to have to rectify that. LOL
So, what do you write? And why?
I write romance, mainly science fiction, but I do have some contemporary and a paranormal. Heat levels range from sweet to erotica, which is scorching.
In my science fiction romance stories, at least one of the characters is an alien. And honestly, it was therapy for me. After watching the movie, Signs, I was terrified of aliens. It didn’t help that we lived out in the country at the time, in a house surrounded by cornfields. Making aliens sexy in my stories, made them seem less scary. When first contact happens, I’m hoping the beings we meet are more like those in my stories. LOL
Do you have a favorite of your own books and why?
You know, asking that question is like asking a mother to pick her favorite child, right? I love each and every one of my stories, but I must admit, I had so much fun writing Made For Her, which is coming soon from Decadent Publishing. It’s a science fiction romance, but there are no aliens. It’s a futuristic erotic romance involving clones and the military.
What do you think makes a good story?
Emotion. I need to feel what the characters are feeling. I need to be drawn into the story. There are so many fabulous books out there that do that for me. And then there are those that don’t, and I usually never finish them. Recently, I had to stop reading a book because it was too emotional. It was from multiple points of view, and I got so mad at the characters because they were hiding something from the main character. I couldn’t take it anymore, and had to put it away.
Are you a pantser or a plotter?
I’m a little of both. I usually make a rough outline of the story before I start writing. Nothing is ever set in stone though, and the story often changes from what I originally envisioned. Sometimes it the beginning that changes. Sometimes the end. And every once and a while, the whole thing.
Do you have any suggestions for beginning writers?
Read. Read in as many genres as possible. Find out what you like, and what you don’t. Make notes. Honestly, I read books totally differently since I started writing.
Also, have people critique your work. Not friends and family, but other writers, people in the industry. I found my first critique partner on-line. She is still one of my CPs to this day. And I found my first critique group through the local library. You need a thick skin in this industry, as not everyone is going to like your work. It’s better to get used to that before you submit anything, and make your manuscript the best it can be.
What else are you working on right now?
I always have at least one manuscript on the go. I have two right now. The first is called, Another Night, Another Planet, and the other is Alien Adoration. Both are science fiction romance, if you couldn’t tell from the titles. LOL
Last question: Where can our partygoers find you, your work, and pics of your Halloween shenanigans?
Thanks for coming!
Thank you so much for having me!
I’m giving away an eBook copy of either The Power of Three or Crash Landing. Winner’s choice. The contest is international. Winner will be chosen November 8, and notified by email. So, PLEASE leave your email address in the body of your comment. Thanks and good luck!