I am a reader, I feel like I always have been. I am constantly surrounded by books in both my personal and professional worlds.
I have read excessively since the second grade. I have attempted, again and again, to keep a list of the books I've read and how I felt about them but so far have been unsuccessful. This is an attempt to keep track of the books I'm reading, and my thoughts about them. My goal is to publish at least one review a week (no promises though). Wish me luck!
*Note, while I will try to avoid major spoilers, I sometimes won't be able to help it.
Monday, September 24, 2012
Interview with Jessica Lave
Jessica Lave is a freelance writer with experience writing everything
from sales copy to full-length novels. When she isn't writing, she enjoys
yoga, going to the movies, and reading crime and horror novels. Her
new book is a fantasy mystery novella entitled A 21st Century Fairy Tale, now available on Amazon. Visit her website at www.JessicaLave.com to learn more about her writing style
What is the first thing you remember writing?
In second grade, we read
a different version of "The Three Little Pigs and the Big Bad Wolf"
using javelinas instead of pigs, and a coyote for the wolf role. I really
liked the idea of doing my own version of another story, so I went home
and wrote probably four or five of my own little versions, replacing
the main characters with different animals. I had just seen the movie Anaconda and so one in particular
used anacondas and jaguars as the characters.
The first original story I remember writing was a few years later
when I was eleven--it was about a girl and her friend who get transported
through time and get to discover all these ancient artifacts and civilizations
like the lost city of Atlantis.
What is your inspiration/motivation for writing?
I just love to write. I really can't explain why.
I love telling stories and creating conversations and coming up with
funny lines or descriptions of things. I would say it's more of a compulsion
than anything else. I just have too much going on in my head that some
of it needs to be written down!
Tell us about your books.
Realistically Yours is the novel I wrote for NaNoWriMo last year (National Novel Writing
Month), and when I finished it, it was the first one I really felt was
good enough to keep working on. So I did. I read through it and edited
it for several months until I finally published it through CreateSpace
in April 2012. It's a modern story, and I think the topics and themes
that run throughout the book will really resonate with a modern reader.
A 21st Century Fairy Tale is my first attempt at a fantasy/horror type of story. More often
than not, my stories tend to focus around relationships and friendships,
and this one does that too, in its own way, but it also has that element
of fear and suspense to it. The characters are small-town people and
the story follows them as they try to figure out what brand of evil
has just arrived in their little town, and how a bunch of ordinary Joes
can possibly fight that evil. I really tried to bring technology into
the story because that's something that hasn't played as big a role
in previous monster/fantasy stories--how a modern group of people can
use technology to their advantage against a force that was around long
before anyone even conceived of such technology.
If you could meet any author, you would it be?
I actually got the chance to meet one of my favorite authors, Elmore
Leonard, earlier this year. He came to a bookstore to do a signing for
his new book, Raylan, and I got the chance to listen to him speak and get a book signed.
Beyond that, I'm still hoping
Stephen King will come out this way. That would be a really great experience.
What are you currently reading?
Currently, I'm working my
way through a few books. I just finished The Green Mile and The 50 Megaton
Tweet, and I'm reading Through the Looking Glass, a Henry James compilation
of short stories, 1984, Nixonland--which I have unfortunately managed
to misplace--and a few others that I started reading a while back and
haven't finished. I've put the Elmore Leonard and Stephen King on hold
temporary because I read them too quickly, but I'm hoping to get back
to them by the end of the year after I catch up on these other ones.