Thursday, January 16, 2014

Interview with Jessie Hammond

Author Bio: Jessie Hammond is a twenty-one-year-old author about to release her first book, Dancing to Love. Jessie has had CP since birth. Jessie frequently writes about her struggles and life in general.  She is an aunt to eleven beautiful children. Jessie loves fashion.

Book Title: Dancing to Love

Book Summary: Armed with a scholarship to Juillard, Ilianna dreams of making a name for herself in the dance world and leaving her ugly past behind her. But when she finds herself falling for a fellow dancer, she finds her past isn't as far as she thought. When the truth is set free can she finally stop running?

Where did you get your inspiration for this book? Well, this book just came to me, a girl just wanted her story to be told.

How did you choose the title? The title just came to me. I don't outline stories; I can usually see what I'm going to write right away.

What are your favorite bookstores? Barnes and Noble. I love the feel of real books but mostly I buy books online.

What is your favorite genre to read and why? I like romance, paranormal, thriller. But I mostly read romance.

How did you decide on the cover? I decided on the cover after seeing covers from some of my favorite authors like Abbi Glines.  I love the simplicity of her covers.

Did you grow up in the city, country, or suburbs and how does this affect the way you write? I grew up in a small town in Ilion, NY. I've lived in NY my whole life. It definitely affects how I write, I've always loved cities. Everyone is always moving, always living in a city.

Do you have another book in the works for 2014? I hope to launch Finding Nikki sometime this year.  

Do you have plans to attend any conferences or conventions in 2014? Not at the moment. 

Where is your favorite place to write? My living room or my bedroom. I have to have quiet to work.

Was publishing a book something you always wanted to do or was it a spur of the moment thing? I always wanted to write something. I was inspired one night after speaking with a fellow indie writer, L.P. Dover. Within half an hour I had written the first two chapters to Finding Nikki.