Today I am super excited to be taking part in the blog Tour for Jessica Sorenson's Book:
The Secret of Ella and Micha
Ella and Micha have been best friends since they were kids. But one tragic night shatters their friendship and their lives forever.
Ella used to be a rule-breaker with fiery attitude who wore her heart on her sleeve. But she left everything behind when she went to college and transformed into someone that follows the rules, keeps everything together, and hides all her problems. But now it's summer break and she has nowhere else to go but home.
Ella fears everything she worked so hard to bury might resurface, especially with Micha living right next door. If Micha tries to tempt the old her back, she knows that it will be hard to resist.
Micha is sexy, smart, confident, and can get under Ella’s skin like no one else can. He knows everything about her, including her darkest secrets. And he’s determined to bring his best friend, and the girl he loves back, no matter what it takes.
And as part of all this awesomeness, Jessica has answered some of The Cover Contessa's most pressing questions for authors!
So, without more of my blabbering, let's see what Jessica had to say!
Did you always know you wanted to be a writer or did you want to be something else?
Even when I was a young, I loved to write. As I was growing up, I went back and forth with a couple of different career ideas, but I always end up back at writing.
How long does it take you to write a book from start to finish?
About 3-4 weeks.
How do you come up with themes for your stories?
Most of my ideas start with a dream. Once I start writing the idea, it usually grows and more details are added.
Do you have a schedule of when you write?
I start writing as soon as I wake up and then I stop around dinnertime.
How are you able to balance other aspects of your life with your writing?
I’m really lucky because my husband helps out a lot so that when I’m done writing for the day, I can spend it with my family.
What elements do you think make a great story line?
I think one of the biggest elements that make a good storyline are great characters that have obstacles they have to overcome.
What was the hardest thing about writing a book?
I think the hardest part is finishing up a series and having to say good-bye to the characters. I have a hard time with this and sometimes I procrastinate ending them.
How many books have you written so far? Do you have a favorite?
I’ve written ten total, but only nine are published.
My favorite so far is The Forever of Ella and Micha, the one that hasn’t been published.
Do you have a favorite character?
I think it would have to be Micha. It’s very entertaining to write from his POV.
Where do you write?
I have an office that’s fully stocked with books, snacks, drinks, mailing supplies, and a drum set.
When deciding on how to publish, what directed you to the route you took?
After a lot of rejections, I started researching self-publishing. It took me about three or four months before I decided that I really wanted a chance to get my story out there, so I went the Indie route.
Have you gotten feedback from family about your book(s)? What do they think?
I get feedback from my mom all the time. She is the first person I send a finished manuscript to. She loves them, but also gives me advice on how to improve them.
What kinds of things do you like to do outside of writing?
I like to travel, read, play Rock band, spend time with my family.
What kinds of advice would you give to someone who wants to start writing?
I think starting a book is the hardest part. It took me over two years or so to finish The Fallen Star, which was my first book. It gets easier the more you write and I think the most important part is to make sure to never give up, even when things get hard.
What is your favorite book? favorite author? Do you have an author that inspired/inspires you to write?
There are too many great books and authors to pick just one, but some of my favorites authors are Cassandra Clare, Sarah Dessen, Becca Fitzpatrick, Abbi Glines, Tammara Webber, Jamie McGuire and Jennifer L. Armentrout.
Do you have any go to people when writing a book that help you with your story lines as well as editing, beta reading and such?
When it comes to the storylines I usually bounce ideas off my mom. Kristin Campbell is one of the beta readers that clean up the mistakes.
Are you working on anything now?
I’m working on a New Adult Contemporary right now called The Coincidence of Callie and Kayden. Here is the blurb:There are those who don’t get luck handed to them on a shiny platter, who end up in the wrong place at the wrong time, who don’t get saved.
Luck was not on Callie’s side the day of her twelfth birthday when everything was stolen from her. After it’s all over, she locks up her feelings and vows never to tell anyone what happened. Six years later her painful past consumes her life and most days it’s a struggle just to breathe.
For as long as Kayden can remember, suffering in silence was the only way to survive life. As long as he did what he was told, everything was okay. One night, after making a terrible mistake, it seems like his life might be over. Luck was on his side, though, when Callie coincidentally is in the right place at the right time and saves him.
Now he can’t stop thinking about the girl he saw at school, but never really knew. When he ends up at the same college as Callie, he does everything he can to try to get to know her. But Callie is reserved and closed off. The more he tries to be part of her life, the more he realizes Callie might need to be saved.
Thanks so much for stopping by today, Jessica! It was great having you on The Cover Contessa! Good luck with your tour!