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Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Author Interview + Giveaway: Jessica Miller @JLMreadingrocks

I want to welcome Jessica Miller to my blog today! She was kind enough to take some time out of her busy schedule to answer a few questions so that we can get to know a little bit more about her and her books.

ME: I know you’ve just published The Wanderers and Reborn and I really want to talk about that. But first, I’d like my readers to know a little about you.

ME:Where are you from?

JM: I’m from a small suburb in Pennsylvania where the winters are freezing and the summers are hot but I would take the hot summer over the frigid cold.

ME: What is your favorite quality about yourself?

JM: I have no filter. Sometimes it’s a good thing speaking my mind other times I tend to get myself in trouble. I also have random thoughts that I say out loud which makes my friends question my sanity.

ME: We’re going to talk about this book that you’ve written, but first, let us learn a little about how you got your start in writing.

ME: Do you have a specific writing style?

JM: Not particularly. Sometimes my writing style can be chaotic. I’ll be in the middle of a story and come up with an idea for an entirely new book or I’ll be just lying there and come up with a scene for a book that happens later. I write it down so I don’t forget and then come back to it.

ME: What made you choose to write in the Genre that you write in?

JM: Paranormal is one of my favorite genres to read. My first book, The Hairdresser Diaries, which is a contemporary romance, I had a hard time writing because I had to keep reminding myself they didn’t have superpowers. They were normal people. With writing paranormal there are endless possibilities of what you can do.

ME: Okay, now we can get to talking about The Wanderers and Reborn.

ME: Tell us about a little bit about The Wanderers.

JM: The Wanderers is based on a young girl who has to deal with tragedy at a young age. Ella is a very smart girl but even she sometimes gets blindsided by all strange coincidences that start to unfold around her. After she starts to piece everything together she slowly learns that her family has been keeping a big secret from her her whole life and some of the new friends she meets she can no longer trust.

ME: Tell us about the second book in your Wanderer series, Reborn.

JM: Reborn picks up where The Wanderers leaves off with Ella trying to deal with the tragic loss of those close to her and trying to understand who she is. Knowing now the families big secret Ella is forced to come to terms with what she is whether she wants to or not.

ME: What is your favorite character in your book and why?

JM: Tristan. I had so much fun writing him because like me he has no filter. He says what he wants and doesn’t apologize for it.

ME: Who designed the covers?

JM: The background pictures are actual pictures my mom took. A friend of mine helped me add the rest and made them look awesome. The third one I did on my own so I wouldn’t have to bug my friend anymore. Plus I get to say, ‘I did that!’ I had input on pretty much all the covers.

ME: What as the hardest part about writing your books?

JM: Trying not to second guess myself. A lot of times I really get into a book and think what I’ve written is great and then there are other times where it feels like I’ve been writing for hours (ten minutes) and getting nowhere. So I put it away and come back to it and was like hey, this is pretty good. Finding time to write can be an issue too, but I do it when I can whenever I can.

ME: Do you have any specific last thoughts that you want to say to your readers?

JM: I just want to say thank you to all the readers who told me how much they enjoyed my books and look forward to the next ones. I can’t tell you how much I appreciate the devotion and kind words and I look forward to entertaining you all for a very long time.


ME: What is your favorite song?

JM: My friends make fun of me for this, but until the day I die my favorite song is and will always be – Jesse’s Girl by Rick Springfield.

ME: What is your favorite movie?

JM: Hands down – The Goonies! Then of course Lost Boys and Labyrinth or anything 80’s

ME: What do you do to unwind and relax?

JM: I don’t know how to do that, lol. I try to read or catch up on sleep. I’m a nighttime reader so I read a few chapters before bed to help me sleep, but sometimes that doesn’t always work, especially if the book is really good.

ME: Are you a person who makes their bed in the morning, or do you not see the point?

JM: LOL. No, absolutely not. I think the only time my bed is made is when I change the sheets. There is no point, honestly.

ME: If you could be any kind of creature (other than human), which would you pick and why?

JM: Hmm, I would probably say an immortal. To be more specific, one of the characters from Alyson Noels series, The Immortals. They’re not vampires but they never age and they can pretty much have whatever they want. All they have to do is imagine it and bam! I mean come on, who wouldn’t love to have whatever they wanted at their disposal. I would use my superpowers to envision daily massages from some seriously good looking and buff men. 

Jessica is a budding new author with a passion for writing in her veins. She stems from the suburbs of Pennsylvania where most of her time is spent writing, listening to new music, or reading a good book. When not busy writing, Jessica works part–time in a salon where she enjoys making people look beautiful. You can catch up with Jessica on her blog or follow her on Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads.

What do you do when you learn your family is the one who's holding all the secrets? Secrets that could get you killed...

Ella is looking forward to starting college in the fall with her best friend Josie. She’s looking for a place where she can get away from her overbearing parents and two older annoying brothers. Unfortunately Ella realizes that sometimes the past comes back to haunt you. Ella soon learns that the man who terrorizes her dreams is in fact real and coming after her.

When one of her classmates is murdered, Ella slowly recognizes this is not some strange coincidence. Ella fears that the boy she’s falling in love with is the one who stalks her dreams and no longer knows who she can trust.

When she finally learns the truth of her family’s deepest secret, Ella has to face her demons by taking out one of the people she thought she could trust…before they kill her.


Ella finally knows what she is, but now she’s not so sure she knows who she is.

With Jack still on the loose her parents have her confined to the house leaving Ella to feel like she’s stuck in a prison. Coping with the loss of her best friend and the love of her life, Ella feels trapped in an endless cycle of torment. She feels she’s doomed to lose everyone she loves. In attempt to keep her safe and help her understand her new life her parents decide that what’s best for her is to go back to school, but not just any school.

Ella’s not alone though. The school is filled with students who are just like her, including her brother Dean. Her mission is to keep herself blended in the background and out of trouble, but unfortunately Ella isn’t that lucky. With the roommate from hell, her brother constantly breathing down her neck, and being pinned right away as the outcast, Ella wants nothing more than to just crawl under a rock for the rest of her life. Even the school’s sweetheart has it in for her.

Can she overcome her fear of the unknown? Will she ever learn to accept who she is? The most important thing Ella is concerned about is just surviving the semester at Hamilton Hill.




Mary Preston said...

Great interview. I always wanted super powers, but I'm just one of the normal people.