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Wednesday, 25 June 2014

Welcome Wednesday - Jessica Stevens

Hello, and welcome to my new weekly Welcome Wednesday.

Here you will find lots of different authors saying hello, giving you a little snippet of what they are working on, or even promoting their new book.

I thought I would kick start this with a little hello from yours truly.

I live in Luton with my husband, daughter, two son's and our dog. During the week we are busy with work/family life, but at the weekends, we try to spend as much time together as possible. Yes this does include dragging my older two out for walks in the woods, which just happens to be one of my favourite places to walk. My daughter is keen on taking photo's, especially of birds, whilst my eldest son likes to climb trees and play hide and seek whilst dressed in his camouflage clothes! One day I fear I will actually loose him. My youngest toddles along picking up sticks, finding a tree stump and some dead leaves and cooks us something to eat. I swear that boy can make an oven out of anything!

Our dog wonders close by, sniffing out deer and rabbits, whilst my hubby and I walk on, taking in the tranquillity that comes from the trees, hoping that the fresh air will help the children go to sleep at bed time so we might enjoy five minutes together. But every weekend we manage to tire out them as well as ourselves and often fall asleep on the sofa. Oh well, one weekend we will manage it lol.

I have just signed my first solo contract for a book called Alana, which is due to be released in August this year.  To say I am a tad excited is a bit of an understatement. I keep pinching myself just to see if I wake up. I don't :-)

I started writing this book a few years ago as part of the NaNoWrimo 2011. Back then I had just sent my baby off to reception class at school, so was looking forward to spending the day's writing.

By New Year, we found out we were expecting another baby. Soon after I went completely off sex. As in I couldn't read it and I certainly couldn't write it. Bit of an issue when you're an aspiring romance writer. It actually made me feel sick. So although I wrote Alana, it was a slow process as I fought with my characters so they would not have sex. I lost. Then it took ages to write the scenes. I can laugh about it now, but at the time, I just really wanted to get it written before the baby arrived.

I didn't succeed. My son was born the following September and life of a mother of two young children and a new born took over. I dabbled in bits here and there, but nothing significant.

But something incredible happened. All the days of dabbling lead to me writing, The End. Yes it took a few years, but I am so proud that I finished the story. Each time I read through it to edit it, I fell in love with my characters even more.

Just goes to show, if you put in the effort, you can achieve your dream.

Well that's how I came to be an Author. Hope to see you around my blog again soon.


Until next time, take care.


Jessica Stevens
xXx

10 comments:

  1. Thanks for sharing your start. I'm excited for you, Jessica. I know that feeling of falling in love with your characters each time. I also know how hard it is to write with little ones around. :)

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    1. :-) Thanks for stopping by S.J.Maylee and sharing in the beginning of, what hope will be, a long journey. See you again soon. xxx

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  2. Having been with you on this journey, I can only say, WELL DONE! Alana is a fab story. May there be many, many more :-)

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    1. Thank you so much for being such a BIG part of this journey with me. <3 xxxx

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  3. It is a funny journey for us all, but 'The End' is where we all want to wind up. You have done marvelously, Jessica, and those of us that knew you when are so proud for you. "May the best day of your past be the worst day of your future." ~ ☼ღஜ レo√乇 ¸.☆¨¯`*.✿.*˜"*°

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    1. Aww Muffy, you made me go a bit mushy. Thank you so much my lovely xxx

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  4. So glad you got past your aversion to sex!! ;) Good luck with your upcoming release. x

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    1. lol So am I. Thanks very much hun xx

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  5. Excellent intro... Congrats on your publishing contract... Very exciting!

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    1. Thank you so much for stopping by Maya xxx

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