Deirdra: What are your favorite kind of books to read and why?
Jessie: I’m a paranormal romance fan through and through, although I also love a sweet contemporary story. I guess I’m a hopeless romantic at heart.
Deirdra: How many books on average would you say you read a year?
Jessie: Somewhere between 30 and 50. When I’m writing, I read less.
Deirdra: What is the most recent book you read? Can you tell us a little about it?
Jessie: The most recent book I’ve finished is The Near Witch by Victoria Schwab. It was like part Old English fairy tale, part sweet love story, part ghost story. I really enjoyed the pace and suspense in the novel, and the magical elements made it extra special.
Deirdra: What is the most disappointing thing authors do?
Jessie: Well, as an Indie author myself, I’d have to say its disappointing when I see a great story that’s been poorly edited. The typos can really mess it up for me.
Deirdra: Who are your top five favorite authors?
Jessie: That’s too hard of a question to answer because there are so many fantastic authors out there. I love Stephanie Perkins’s contemporary novels and Stephanie Meyers’s Twilight series.
Deirdra: How do you feel about e-books?
Jessie: Love them. My Kindle and I are BFFs. In fact, I now prefer ebooks over paper books because my Kindle has a built in light.
Jessie: I love to scrapbook and photograph my kiddos.
Deirdra: Where is your favorite place to read?
Jessie: Curled up on the couch, under a blanket, on a rainy afternoon.
Deirdra: What books have made you cry?
Jessie: I can only think of one right now and it was Marley & Me. I was bawling like a baby at the end of that one.
Deirdra: What books have made you laugh?
Jessie: Chris Ryalnder has a series for middle grade boys called The Fourth Stall – they were pretty funny.
Deirdra: What kind of books are you looking to read next? What is on your reading list?
Jessie: My TBR list is so long right now, I don’t think I’ll ever get caught up. I’m still reading and loving the books written by my fellow Indelible authors. And two of my friends have novels coming out this fall – J.A. Souders’s RENEGADE and Kimberly Sabatini’s TOUCHING THE SURFACE – I can’t wait to get my hands on both of those.
Deirdra: Is there any other message you would like to give the literary community?
Jessie: Because so much of publishing is timing and subjective tastes, don’t limit yourself by thinking the only good books out there are the ones that are traditionally published. You’ll miss A LOT of gems if you do.