Jessica Degarmo grew up in Upstate New York and now lives with her husband, children and dog in rural Pennsylvania. When she is not writing, she is an insurance agent, the lead singer in a classic rock band, and an avid collector of gemstones.
Her publishing credits include:
How to Meet a Guy at the Supermarket (Taylor Street Publishing, November 2010)
Hooking Up (Taylor Street Publishing, May 2011)
Decisions (Silver Publishing, July 2011)
The Storm Within, A Johns Creek Second Chances Novel #1(Taylor Street Publishing, September 2011)
Six Weeks (Taylor Street Publishing, October 2011)
Historically Yours, A Johns Creek Second Chances Novel #2(Taylor Street Publishing, August 2012)
She is currently working on several other projects. Visit Jessica's website for more information at www.jessicadegarmo.com
The beauty is the beast.
Meet Nexess. She is a vampire and gang leader Antonio’s assassin and slave, whom he keeps in chains for everyone’s protection, and his pleasure, until he needs her to go out and kill for him.
And if she disobeys him, he locks her cold, hungry and alone in a cage to face her demons until she once again bows to his brute force and craves his touch.
Then she meets Jace, a vampire from the rival gang, another killer and, as her body tells her, one she has an irrepressible urge to devour, maybe in love, maybe in war.
It’s going to be a bloodbath. Then again, it already is.
Did you always want to be a writer? If not, then what?
I think it was always in the back of my mind, but I never officially came out and said, “Yes, I want to be a writer.” I used to want to be a translator, and in high school, took French, Spanish and Russian. One year I took them all at once! That was fun… I think the idea of being a writer took shape as I was writing my first book, and even though it’s weird to think of myself as being a writer, I guess I am.
Do your readers contact you? If so, what do they say?
Sometimes they do, and for the most part, people are very sweet. I get the most feedback on my book Six Weeks, and usually the people who seek me out tell me they liked the book. I love feedback!
For aspiring writers, what three pieces of good advice would you give them?
1) Don’t stop. It’s hard, and it’s not as glamorous as people might think, but if you really want to do it, stick to it.
2) Do your research, not only on the subject you are writing about, but also on publishing options. There are so many options out there and some are better than others. Make sure before you sign any contract, you research the publisher. As a general rule, you shouldn’t have to pay to have your book published by a publishing company.
3) Network, network, network. Get to know your fellow authors. Get to know your readers. Probably the hardest part of being an author has really nothing to do with writing. It’s the promotion ! It’s a never-ending battle to promote your work. That’s why networking is important. The more people you know, the more promotional ideas and opportunities you’ll have.
Do you have a favorite of your own books?
Six Weeks is probably my favorite, because it’s not a happy, rainbow and puppy-filled book. It’s raw and real and deals with real life the most.
How do you balance writing with your life?
It’s not easy, but I make the time. I have to actually carve it out of my day in order to get any time to spend on it. And there are a lot of late nights when I’m mid-manuscript!
How old were you when you wrote your first book and what was it about?
How to Meet a Guy at the Supermarket was my first book, and I wrote it when I was 33. It’s about Quinn, a journalist who decides to look for love in a very unorthodox place. It’s a romantic comedy.
Where do your ideas come from?
Sometimes I get them from conversations I have with friends and other times, it just sort of hits me. I like it best when it just comes into my head like a lightning bolt and shocks the heck out of me. Then it’s a mad dash to jot it down before the vibe leaves.
Do you have a writing quirk?
No, not really. If the mood hits me, I pretty much just drop everything and write. Maybe that’s my quirk?
Pantser or Planner?
Sort of both. Sort of. I plan to a degree, but I usually only have a clear plan for the beginning and the end. The middle is always the hardest part. Sometimes I plan the middle, but I end up going off on tangents anyway. I probably should plan more, but I tend to write by feel, not by research. I only research when I get stuck and can’t go any further. But then, after research, sometimes I have to do massive rewrites. I guess I am a wannabe planner.
Do you pick out dream casts for your books? If so, what's your favorite so far?
Hmmm. Yes, to a degree. For Supermarket, I can see Drew Barrymore as Quinn and as Trevor, that sexy Italian guy from Under The Tuscan Sun.
Coke vs Pepsi? Pepsi.
Chocolate vs Vanilla? Vanilla
Cake vs Ice Cream? Cake
Do you think we dream in color or that we wake up and remember it in color?
I’m pretty sure I dream in color.
What's your favorite food?
Anything that doesn’t run away.
What type of food could you never live without?
Pastries. I’m a sucker for baked goods, and my waistline proves it. You are what you eat, right? Can anyone say muffin-top?
If you were stuck on a desert island, what would you take with you (limit 4 items)?
Favorite show growing up?
If you could have one super power, what would it be and why?
I’d want to be invisible. I’d escape/get into all sorts of mischief!
What do you think the future will hold?
That’s a tough one. The idealist in me likes to think this new generation coming up will turn the world around and save us from the path we’re on. The realist in me knows that it’ll probably get much worse before it gets better, if it does. I’m actually a bit scared for the future. We as a planet need to make some serious changes in order to salvage what we have left. I’m just not sure if we can do it.
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