We’re lucky enough to have author Jessica Freely with us today, as the first
victim participant in our new series of interviews pulled from the Random Interview Generator. Her new release is called “Broken”, and it’s available now from Loose Id Publishing. Welcome Jessica!
Tell us a little about yourself. What do you like to write? What’s your latest release about? What have you read recently that knocked your socks off? (Note: Feel free to talk about your body of work, not just your most recent release. Don’t feel limited by genre lines when talking about what you like to write and/or read.)
Jessica: For years I struggled with writing. I was driven to do it for some reason, but it was agony. I questioned every word I wrote and it took me ages to finish anything. Then one day I gave myself permission to write whatever I wanted, without worrying about whether it was any good, whether anyone would want to read it, etc. And that turned out to be the first m/m romance I ever wrote. What a difference! It felt as if someone had finally removed the fifty-pound weights around my ankles. Suddenly all I wanted to do was write. And plotting, which I’d always struggled with, just seemed to take care of itself. Of course I still find challenges in writing, but it’s all so much more fun now. I think that’s the advantage of discovering what you love to write about.
Story-wise, I like to play rough with my characters, but I like to reward them in the end too. My rule of thumb is the darker the journey, the happier the ending, and my new release, Broken, is no exception. It’s about Eben, the closeted younger brother of a mob boss, and Xiu, a rent boy the boss just bought from a Hong Kong triad. Needless to say, when these two fall for each other, they’re both in peril.
Broken just came out from Loose Id on Sept. 20: http://www.loose-id.com/Broken.aspx Leave a comment to this post and you’ll be entered to win a free copy. The contest winner will be announced tonight at 9 p.m.
What is there in you or your life that you’ve never encountered in anyone else? – Submitted by Maggie
Jessica: My family has an expression I’ve never heard anyone else use. “Die the death of a rag baby.” It means to retreat in shame and disgrace. When I ask people, nobody has ever heard of it before. Where did it come from? We may never know.
What music do you listen to while you write? Do you soundtrack stories while you work on them? – Submitted by Harper
Jessica: I totally create soundtracks for my books! Certain songs evoke particular feelings that fit with the story I’m telling. Here’s my soundtrack for Broken, for example:
For more audio goodness, you might want to check out the free audio excerpt from Broken on my newsletter group: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/jessicafreely/
If you could steal one thing in the entire world without consequence, what would you steal?
Who’s your favorite member of Winger? (Note: When we said random, we meant it!)
Jessica: LOL. I’m so out of touch, I had to look this up on Google to find out what it was. Uh… John I guess. He’s got that dark, troubled thing going on. And the hair. I love long hair. I don’t think I’d want to date him, but I’d definitely write about him.
Here’s an excerpt from Broken. I also want to mention that for the first four months I am donating half of my proceeds from Broken to Project Polaris, combating human trafficking and modern day slavery.
Thanks to Jessica for taking part in a Random Interview. Check out her excerpt from Broken, below.