The month is flying by – we’re already on Day 18 – and today we welcome Jessica A. Scott! Talk about building your readership – she’s been writing since the age of 3 and had fans of her work since first grade.
Charlie loves Chase.
He’s not just her brother, he’s her best friend. He’s her confidant, her moral compass, her partner in quirky movie fandom: he’s everything she wishes she could be…until he gets framed for murder. When a man is killed and Chase is left holding the murder weapon, he’s deemed “criminally insane” and sent to the ominous Gray’ Institute of Mental Health. Desperate for answers, Charlie infiltrates the asylum with the help of a kind young custodian and soon discovers that nothing-and no one-is as it seems.
Armed with nothing but her wits, her guts, and her unflagging loyalty, Charlie must fight her way through a nightmarish maze of lies and manipulation to expose, not just the truth about her brother, but a much darker, much more sinister truth about the crime he didn’t commit, and the institution that has no right to hold him.
What’s the first story you ever wrote?
I’m pretty sure that I came out of the womb writing stories, but the first one I really remember writing was for a Young Author’s contest in first grade. The title was “Toby and Tiger Lilly,” and it was about the adventures of a white German Shepherd and a white tiger, based on my family dog and my favorite stuffed animal (Toby and Tiger Lilly, respectively). The two could talk, and were best friends that traveled around and did great things (I think at one point they even went to outer space). I even wrote sequels! The class loved it, and I won the Young Author’s contest for several years running. Even now, I think that was one of my favorite stories to write.
Which fictional character would you most like to meet and have a drink with?
Odd Thomas from Dean Koontz’s Odd Thomas series. I love his character because, even though he has the power to see dead people and has to spend a lot of his time fighting against some really dark things, he is still funny and personable and fun to read. I love “everyman” characters like that.
In the spirit of Halloween, what scares you?
Public speaking. (Good thing this is a written interview!) But in the spirit of Halloween, I don’t like the dark too much either. There are too many things possibly lurking in there…
Favorite hero and villain in a book/movie?
Hmm… that’s tough. My favorites change often, depending on which book I’m reading or which movie I’m watching at the time. However, my favorite heroes tend to be the ones who keep trying even when everything is going against them, and never lose hope that they will win in the end. My favorite villains are the complex ones, who remind us that good and evil aren’t black and white. I love villains who have a good reason for being evil, who started off as good people, but then something happened to them that was terrible, and their entire life shifted because of it. That kind of villain is more human and believable, and I think that is what makes them so interesting to me.
What do you consider the hardest part of writing?
I think that the hardest part of writing is finding the time to write. If you live with other people and/or have a job and/or other responsibilities, it is very difficult to carve out a big enough chunk of time to really get lost in what you’re writing, which is key in writing a good story. In my heart, writing is always the number one priority, but life often has other plans, so I have to always make sure I find a balance.
What are you working on now?
I’m just finishing up writing another novel now, but I don’t usually talk about my work until it is completely finished and ready to be read. But I can talk about my second book, a romantic suspense novel titled Portrait of a Sunset, which will be published at the end of October! It is about an artist named Clara whose sister is brutally murdered. While trying to come to terms with her death (as well as her own role in it), Clara meets a man named Casey, who has his own dark, tragic past to deal with. Together, they work to try to become whole again, but it isn’t so easy. No matter how hard they try, they just cannot escape the pasts that haunt them. While Clara’s traumatic memories and overwhelming anxiety threaten to drown her, Casey’s dark past manifests itself in a much more corporeal, much more lethal way.
Will they ever be able to extricate themselves from the past and move on? You’ll have to read the book to find out!
Jessica A. Scott is a University of Louisville graduate with degrees in English and Humanities, the latter of which includes concentrations in Literature, Linguistics, and Classical and Modern Languages.
She lives in Louisville, Kentucky, where she has been writing avidly since the age of three. Her genre interests include thrillers, romantic suspense, and mystery. Her debut novel, Chase and Charlie, was published by Black Rose Writing on May 28, 2015.
Where to find Jessica
Black Rose Writing: http://www.blackrosewriting.com/suspensethriller/chase-and-charlie