Why do you write fiction?
I write fiction simply because I like making stuff up. There are many stories in my head that move me with the points that they make, and I just need to tell them.
Please tell us about your book. What ideas or images inspired this novel?
This book was inspired by someone in my family. She attended college, which was nearly unheard of in her family, became a special-education teacher and touched so many young lives. But her personal life was riddled with tragedy when her fiancé was killed before they were married. For many years, she remained alone in her sadness. She married late in life, and one day she said to me, the only thing she regretted was not having children. She always wanted children. This statement struck me as odd because I had seen the lives of so many young people that she had helped shape and nurture, and I never once thought she had been without children.
And it was this thought that inspired me to write the story of Lady Jane, the heroine of this story. She is unable to have children and because of this, she is physically and mentally abused by her first husband. The story starts after her first husband’s death when Lady Jane must realize where her true strengths lie and that bearing children is not the only way to be a mother.
Do you have an ideal reader in mind when you write? If so, please describe that reader.
I write for women of any kind. The older I get, the more I realize my mother was right: there is so much that every woman has in common regardless of class, race, orientation or religion. At heart, we’re women. We’re in this together.
Please describe your writing routine.
I write whenever I possibly can. I recently got a keyboard for my iPad and now I even write on the go. I’m a plotter, so the story is written before a word hits the page. At that point, I can write anywhere because it’s almost as if I’m filling in the blanks.
What advice do you give new writers just starting out?
Just write. That was the advice given to me, and it’s the advice I live by. My first book required a complete re-write before it could be published. But now, I’m very proud of it. Writing is a craft, and like any craft it takes practice. It gets easier the more you write. So just write.
More about Inevitably A Duchess:
Richard Black, the Duke of Lofton, waited for her, watching as the agony of marriage broke the woman he loved. Lady Jane Haven had to find a reason to survive, a purpose to carry on when it seemed God would not just let her die. But when fate finally offers them a chance to be together, a treasonous plot threatens to keep them apart. And when it becomes more than just a matter of survival, Jane must find the strength to be his duchess.
How to connect with Jessie:
Author’s website: http://jessieclever.com/
Email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Buy Link: http://amzn.to/1hcbOu7