K.T. Hello and welcome. I am very excited to have you here today. Why don’t we start off with a small introduction? Tell us a little about yourself.
J.W. My name is Jamie Sue Wilsoncroft (author name J.S. Wilsoncroft). I live in Pennsylvania with my husband, two children and 3 yappy dogs. I have been a professional dog groomer for over 16 years and a writer for 5 years.
K.T. Any interesting writing quirks or stories you would like to share with my readers?
J.W. A lot of people find it interesting to know that I get my story ideas while I am grooming. So it would be safe to say that I will never quit my day job. *laughs My only writing quirks that I have, is that I need my diet Pepsi, dictionary and thesaurus beside me and when I get an occasional writer’s block, I start twisting my hair ( I’m doing it right now as I am thinking about how to answer these questions without sounding like a dork).
K.T. When did you realize you wanted to be a writer? What sparked the desire to pen your first novel?
J.W. Hahahaha…I never thought about becoming a writer, honestly. I always pictured myself working with animals. It wasn’t until 5 years ago that I woke up one morning with this story in my head. It was about a hearing impaired Mother of two, who sends an email to a popular movie star. As the two become more than friends, the mother goes through an emotional roller coaster ride, trying to decide whether to pursue their relationship. This became my first story that I ever wrote, Roller Coaster Love. Although, I never pursued to get it published, I went on to write many other stories. And today I have 3 short stories published in anthology books and my newly released novella, Remembering Zane. And my soon to be released novel, coming April 15th, The Unfaithful Widow.
K.S. What genre do you write?
J.W. All of the stories that I have written are romance stories. Some are chic lit and some of them are YA. I try to write stories that are mostly suitable for YA but sometimes the stories don’t end up that way and they end up more suitable for older adults. My paranormal/romance, My Haunting Love, coming out sometime in 2012 is for YA, I made sure of that.
K.S. What would you say has inspired you most in your writing career?
J.W. My friends and family and my fans on my short story page on Facebook are the ones that have inspired me the most. When I wrote Roller Coaster Love, I decided to post a chapter every few days and my fans loved the story. They fell in love with Ammie and Rob so much that I ended up writing a sequel, called Roller Coaster Love the Ride Continued. Their love and support kept me going, making me believe that I really could do this, become an author.
K.S. What does your family think of your writing?
J.W. My family is really proud of me. My 10 year daughter especially, she is into writing stories now. And you guessed it….romance. *laughing* She plays it out with her Barbie dolls, then writes it down. Of course her stories are much more innocent than mine. *snickers
K.S. What was one of the most surprising things you learned while creating your book?
J.W. The most interesting thing I found about writing a book?.....Writing a book is the easy part….writing a synopsis or blurbs…ugh!!!!!!! I get stuck for days trying to come up with a good blurb or a synopsis. This is when I’m really twisting and twirling my hair. *laughs
K.S. Can you tell us a little about your novel?
J.W. Remembering Zane???? Well…it came to me while grooming a dog. *laughing* The first thought that came to my mind was a woman walking into a funeral home, smelling an eucalyptus plant. She was so distraught over losing the only man that she ever loved. This story idea came to me and when I sat down at my laptop, everything else just kind of flowed out onto the keyboards.
K.S. Where can we find your novels?
J.W. You can find my short stories on Amazon, Nook, Smashword. My first short story published was “Toothless”. It’s in the anthology, 13 TALES OF THE PARANORMAL, published by Firefly and Wisp Publishing. My second short story, “Jingle Bells and Puppy dog tails” is on the HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS anthology, also published by Firefly and Wisp. My third short story, “Dorothy” is in A CUPPA AND AN ARMCHAIR, published by A Cuppa and an Armchair. Portions of these sells goes to charity to help orphanages over in Third World Countries. My newly released novella, Remembering Zane can be found in all major e-book retailers. And soon…my novel The Unfaithful Widow is to be released April 15th.
K.S. Do you have a website, fan site, or Blog that we can visit?
J.W. You can find me on my website, www.jswilsoncroft.com My blog, jswilsoncroft.blogspot.com and Twitter @jswilsoncroft You can also find my author page on Facebook : JS Wilsoncroft and my short story page: Jamie Wilsoncroft’s Short Story Page. My publisher Firefly and Wisp also has a Facebook page for my novel, The Unfaithful Widow.
K.S. Do you have any closing advice to aspiring writers?
J.W. The best advice that I could give to aspiring writers…..NEVER EVER GIVE UP!!! Keep writing and coming up with fresh new ideas and BE PERSISTANT!!!!