Tuesday, 6 November 2012

BLOG TOUR!! Reaction by Jessica Roberts

At the Other End:

View the Reflection (Reflection #1) blog tour for more info on book 1


I’ve previously had that in my life, but only once, briefly, a while ago.  It was during the time I’d started my first year of college.  My own apartment, a new old car, and a life free of deadbeat stepfathers, all of which was fulfilling enough.  But if it wasn’t, I also had a best friend, soul mate, and boyfriend all in one.  Yes, life was near perfect.

But one stormy night can change everything…

For many months I rested in a prolonged sleep, fighting for my life.  Well, more than fighting for it, also dreaming of it.  Dreaming of him.  Thank goodness, the dream is over and I’m back in the real world now.  And all I want is for everything to return to the way it was.  But nothing’s the same; most of all, us.
Once again, I find myself at the crossroads of a ruthless battle, this time not for life, but love.  Do I fight for the guy I twice fell for, or do I let her take him away?

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Author Bio:
JESSICA ROBERTS grew up in the San Francisco, California Bay Area where she spent most of her time playing sports alongside her six siblings. She was crowned Miss Teen California her senior year of high school, and went on to Brigham Young University where she graduated in Human Development. Her love of family, church, writing, athletics, and singing and dancing keeps her life busy and fulfilled. She currently resides in Utah with her husband and three children.
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Take A Seat. Get Strapped In. Let's Go For A Ride:

1. What do you think makes a great story?
I'm a romance junkie, which is a bit odd since I'm not really a romantic person—I don't do sappy very well.  I like male leads that are rugged and masculine, and female leads that are spunky, if not quietly intelligent.  
I like characters that are infectious and relatable, and most often I find myself connecting with them through dialogue.  So I would say clever and witty conversation is a must in a good story.  Or, at the very least, dialogue that is true to life and not stilted or flat.

2. What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your books?
I once read an article where an author said they write for their own enjoyment, and that someone should never write for others, only for themselves.  I’ve sort of adopted this philosophy. 
And I figure if I write a story that appeals to me, it’s bound to appeal to at least a few other people in the world.

3. Do you have a favorite place you love to write
Yep: in front of the fireplace at my mom’s house in California.

4. As a child, what did you want to do when you grew up?
Initially, I wanted to be a rock star.  But it’s changed so many times since then, I’ve lost track. 
I’m an overachiever.  But not in the wake-up-at-4-every-morning-to-practice-my-violin type of way.  More the I’m-going-to-conquer-the-world type of way.  The former is more effective, but the latter has sure made life exciting!

5. What are your favorite books and which authors inspire you?
To be honest, I wasn’t the book-reading type when I was younger.  I read cliff-notes (sorry for the swear word) to write my high school essays, and watched movies to be taken on adventures.
Obviously that changed somewhere along the way.  But because of my past, now every well-written book becomes my new favorite.

6. What is the hardest/easiest part of writing for you?
Easiest - dialogue, it comes really fast.  Hardest - everything in between that.

7. What is your favorite bird?
Oh wow . . . Well, I know my least favorite: Those little chirping black birds that attack your head on that same street every morning riding your Mongoose on your paper route when your thirteen and you don't dare go down that street one day because the birds are especially aggressive and the next day your route gets several complaints and you get fired!

8. What question have you always wanted to be asked in an interview? How would you answer that question?
I once read an interview with Brandon Mull, author of Fablehaven and he was asked about his favorite word to use in his writing.  I thought that was kind of fun.  Mine would be "awesome", "passionate" and any form of the word "thrill".

9. If you were writing a book about your life, what would the title be?
"Laughter!"  I love to laugh.  Maybe too much sometimes.  For instance, when my husband and I were dating, I was driving his car one day and ran into a parked car.  He was in the passenger's seat in red-hot shock, and I was behind the wheel laughing my head off (oops!). 

10. Flash questions:
Favorite food?  Mexican, hands down . . . in the chips and salsa bowl
Favorite drink? Virgin Pina Coladas
Favorite TV show? SYTYCD
Favorite song? You’re On My Mind ~ Kalai (the song Nick sings to Heather in Reflection)
Favorite author? Depends on the genre.  I don’t really have an all-time fav.
Favorite movie? The Sound of Music
Favorite advice? There are no shortcuts to greatness
Favorite vacation spot? Wherever it’s WARM

11. Why did you choose to write YA?
Because that's my favorite genre to read.  And for me, there's nothing better than those first looks and first kisses.  I can't get enough of that stuff!

Caveat: There's a genre of books that is starting to grow in popularity called "New Adult".  It's a cross-over category from YA into Adult and it's for ages 17-25.  My book would fit perfectly into this category, and this is the real age range I like to write for.

12. Describe your book in 10 words or less…
A sweet, spicy, college summer romance with a twist. 

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