Four best friends struggle with decisions that affect their lives, their hearts, and their futures. As sisters, they embrace the Girl Code.HOPEJosephine "Joey" Lockhart escapes her past, herself and her home town of Pearl, Ohio to Florida after high school. Years later, she meets a man that refuses to let her hide behind her camera lens and encourages her out of her shell. Will he be the one to push her to feel for the first time?LIVEAfter seven years in drug hell, detoxing Juliette "Juls" Carrington returns to her hometown Pearl to attend her grandmother's burial. Once more rejected by her family, she has a swim in a pond nearby when a mysterious camper, an ex-drunk, coaxes her to come to his hut in the woods. Together they must fight their inner demons for a chance to love...and live.FAITHSelena Bodine escaped into the United States Air Force to leave behind a painful past and the one man who she refused to let herself love. Years later, an urgent call from her father brings her back to Pearl, Ohio and face to face with the man she still loves. But will the secret that Cullen is investigating her threaten their second chance?PERSISTENCELaydi Michaels has been running away from her past and bad memories for years. Finding herself wasn’t an easy task, but she’s managed to finally get to a point to where she wants to be. Only to wake up married to her boss….who fired her the night before. Wrapped in a case that puts her life in danger, and dealing with a grave situation back home in Pearl, Laydi figures out she wasn’t close to finding herself, and now, she’s risked everything.
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Today I’m very lucky to interview Jessica Jayne author of the story HOPE in the Girl Code anthology.
Hi Jessica, thank you for agreeing to this interview. Tell us a little about yourself and your background?
Hmmm…let’s see! I’m a mother of three children—a set of boy/girl twins, who are eight and a half years old (they require me to add the ½ to their age), and a little girl, who will be seven in September. I’ve been married for almost eleven years, but I’ve been with my hubby for seventeen years. Some days it feels like we’ve been together for forty years. Some days it feels like we’re still on the honeymoon! J
I’m an enormously huge college football fan. Coming from the great state of Ohio, I bleed scarlet and grey. OH-IO! Go Buckeyes! Just a few more weeks until the season starts!
I love to travel—just returned from Ireland and Scotland. I love to drink (and make) wine with my friends. I love coffee in the morning and tea in the evening. Working out hard is the only way I keep my sanity. Reading is my most favorite pastime. You would be hard pressed to find me without a book or my e-reader in hand. J
I have a ridiculously enormous crush on Jason Momoa! It’s ridiculous!
When did you decide to become a writer?
I think I always knew I wanted to be a writer. I’ve been writing since I could put pen to paper-literally.
What made you decide to sit down and actually start something?
I probably have pages and pages of story ideas and parts of stories crafted. But back in 2011, I decided to get serious. I’ve always wanted to be a published author and the only person stopping me from making it happened was me. I spent some time really flushing out a story and in early 2012, I submitted it. My first novelette was published in November 2012 – More Than Friends.
Who do you feel supported you aside from family members?
Aside from my family, who has been an enormous support, I get a tremendous amount of support from my circle of girlfriends. I run ideas past them. I have them beta read my chapters. They love romance novels and have been my friends for years, so they aren’t afraid to tell me when something is missing or a character or scene just isn’t working.
I’ve also become good friends with some fellow authors—particularly the three other authors of Girl Code—DC Stone, Lea Bronsen and Cait Jarrod. They’ve been an amazing support system for me both in my writing and just in life. I’ve been very lucky to have met them.
So, what have you written?
You can find all my books on my Goodreads author page with synopsis and reviews! J
What are you working on at the minute?
I currently have two projects going. My first one is entitled Legal Desire. It involves a hunky big shot plaintiff’s attorney—Derek Sage—who was burned in love and has forbade himself from putting his heart out there again. That is, until he needs an associate attorney with criminal defense experience to help him with a not-so-nice client. Raina Dillon is everything Derek’s ever fantasized about—beautiful, sexy and super smart. Will she make Derek break all his rules? J
The other project is called Love Thy Neighbor. Let’s just say when the young neighbor returns from college, things heat up!
What genre are your books?
I primarily write contemporary romance with a little spice—aka erotic contemporary romance. Some of my stories have an added element of suspense—depends on the story.
What draws you to this genre?
I truly enjoy relating to characters. Not that a historical romance is unrelatable (I related greatly to Outlander J), but from a writing perspective, I’m just more connected to the contemporary genre. I have written a paranormal short story for an Evernight Publishing anthology called Alpha’s Claim, but I’ve yet to dabble back in that genre yet.
Which actor/actress would you like to see playing the lead character from your most recent book?
I will tell you—I initially based Talon on country music hottie, Brantley Gilbert—at least physically. If I had to choose an actor to play Talon Manness, I think I’d choose Stephen Amell—actor in the series Arrow. If you don’t know him, google him. He’s HOT!
As for Josephine “Joey” Lockhart, in my mind she looks a lot like Nina Dobrev from Vampire Diaries.
What is the hardest thing about writing?
For me, the hardest thing is finding the time to write. I’m a wife, mother to three young children and work full-time. Carving out a good chunk of time to get some writing done isn’t always easy. Sometimes I have to get up at 5 a.m. or stay up late or take an afternoon off work.
What is the easiest thing about writing?
Coming up with story ideas! I’m always jotting things down in my notebook. I like to people watch when I’m out and about, so I find myself imagining what people are doing or thinking. It’s kind of fun and leads to great story ideas.
Do you have any suggestions to help me become a better writer? If so, what are they?
Keep writing. Sometimes life gets in the way. Sometimes you get writer’s block and want to just throw the towel in. Just keep writing. And make friends with other authors. There are a lot of us out there. Some with lots of experience. Some newbies. But all bringing something to the table. Having a circle of people that you can trust to be honest about your writing, teach you the ropes and bring new ideas is priceless.
For your own reading, do you prefer e-books or traditional printed books?
Both. There are times where using my e-reader is nice. Makes reading at night easy without keeping the hubby awake with my bed lamp. It’s easy to travel with or carry to a doctor’s appointment, etc. But sometimes there is nothing better than an actual printed book—the smell, the feel, the experience.
What book(s) are you reading at present?
I’m currently on book 3 – Voyager of Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander series. I’ve fallen in love with Jamie Fraser. J In fact, on my recent visit to Scotland, I visited the Culloden Battlefields and some other haunts mentioned in the series just to feel closer to Jamie. J
What do you think makes a good story?
A good story should evoke emotion. When I’m reading a story that inspires feelings within myself, I know I will remember it.
What do you like to do when you’re not writing?
Spend time with my family friends as much as possible. Read. Watch Game of Thrones. Run. Do yoga. Laugh. I laugh a lot.
Do you have a favourite motivational phrase?
I use this INNER STRENGTH motivational phrase for working out – I don’t sweat for pounds, or inches or dress size. I sweat to make my outside match my inside.
Do you have a favourite quote?
If nothing ever changed, there’d be no butterflies.
Do you have a favourite film, and why do you like it?
Favorite film, hmmm. That’s tough. I like a lot of movies—anything from Grease to High Fidelity to Harry Potter to Austin Powers to 12 Years a Slave. It really depends on mood.
Where can you readers find you?
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