Jessica Scott is the author of Until There Was You, which is the follow-up to her debut title Because of You. Both books are published under one of my favorite imprints, Random House’s Loveswept line. I was delighted when Jessica recently dropped by the virtual offices to chat. She even brought along a present for one of you to win– a digital copy of Until There Was You!
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Describe yourself in 140 characters or less.
[Jessica Scott] Slightly neurotic, hyperactive mom, writer, solider, wife.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Can you tell us a little about Until There Was You?
[Jessica Scott] Until There Was You is the story of two army captains who must overcome their differences to save a mutual friend from self destruction. I love that it not only features a man in uniform but a woman in uniform, too. Both are seasoned combat veterans with a whole lot of emotional scars.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] How did you come up with the concept and the characters for the story?
[Jessica Scott] I wanted to write a story where the hero had to overcome the heroine’s tough exterior. Strong heroines are tough to write and still make them sympathetic but in Claire, I wanted to find a way to heal the damage from her past.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three words best describe Claire?
[Jessica Scott] tough, damaged and deeply loyal
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What are three things Evan would never have in his rucksack?
[Jessica Scott] panties. No just kidding (there’s more to that story in the book). Wow, tough question. He’d never have pain medication because he’s so stubborn, he’d never have something not on the packing list. So if the list said no pogey bait, you better believe he would not have any pogey bait.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] If Claire had a theme song, what would it be?
[Jessica Scott] Rescue Me by Digital Summer. It’s 100% Claire’s song.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] If Evan started a campfire, what would he cook over the flames?
[Jessica Scott] He’d probably have some rations, properly packed and sealed. An MRE. He’d cook an MRE (Meal, Ready to Eat)
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What are your greatest creative influences?
[Jessica Scott] Music, honestly. I get some really crazy ideas from music. Otherwise, while it may seem like I’m wrapping myself in the flag, the soldiers around me. There’s so many stories to tell. I only help I tell them in a way that’s respectful and meaningful.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three things do you need in order to write?
[Jessica Scott] my MacBook (with scrivener), a song stuck in my head and a character that will not leave me alone.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What is the last book that you read that knocked your socks off?
[Jessica Scott] it’s a toss up between Amber Lin’s Giving It Up and Nalini Singh’s Archangel’s Blade. Such incredibly damaged characters.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] If you had to pick one book that turned you on to reading, which would it be?
[Jessica Scott] You know, I don’t ever remember not reading. I’ve always loved reading. I can tell you that authors like Anne McCaffrey are a big part of my inspiration and why I write but I can’t pick just one book.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What do you like to do when you aren’t writing?
[Jessica Scott] um, that would imply that I have a life outside of the army and my family, which I don’t. Writing is my me time, you know?
[Manga Maniac Cafe] How can readers connect with you?
[Jessica Scott] Twitter is probably the easiest. I’m @jessicascott09. I check Facebook pretty regularly (facebook.com/jessicascottauthor and I’m on goodreads though sometimes not every day. Email is the best way to reach me.
Thanks so much for having me here! I’d love to give away a copy of UNTIL THERE WAS YOU to one lucky commenter!
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Thank you!!
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