1. I know that this is the question that every writer hates, but everyone always asks: How do you get inspired? From where do you get your ideas?
Honestly, I get inspired by living. There are so many things I see, feel, hear, touch, etc. that inspire me every day. Sometimes it will be a conversation with a friend. Other times, a news article I’ve read. Inspiration is everywhere.
2. What did you always want to be? How do you decided to be a writer? At what age do you decided you want to be a writer?
Growing up, I wanted to be so many things, from a teacher to a police officer. In high school, I did really well in most subjects, but excelled in mathematics. And I was accepted to university in the Business Administration program. It wasn’t until my son was born, that I took my love of reading and writing seriously.
3. How do you keep on staying motivated? I know that to write a book it`s a really hard work, so how could you continue this work?
I give myself deadlines, and I stay in contact with people of the same profession. It is super motivating to find out your peers have new releases or have finished writing a story and now have it out on submission.
4. Do you write with music?
No. I do have playlists that I listen to, for most stories, but right now, I am generally listening out for my kids while I am writing, making sure they aren’t into trouble, or fighting with each other. Once they are both at school, I may need music on while I’m writing just to break the silence.
5. Where do you write?
Everywhere. I’m usually sitting on the couch with my kids, or at the kitchen table while dinner is cooking. I’ve also written in our minivan while my husband drove us to visit a relative, or recently, to the zoo. I always keep a pen and paper with me, too, for when inspiration strikes.
6. How was your life when you were teenager? Did you kept a diary? It was a special notebook or just an ordinary notebook? You decorated it, or you have draws in it? How was the cover?
Life is tough when you are a teenager. There is no denying that. I was in the middle crowd, those who were “friendly” with the popular kids, but also with the music, science, or grunge kids. We tried to get along with everyone, though that’s not always possible.
I did keep a diary, and wrote about boys. I didn’t write in it every day though, just when I remembered. LOL It is an actual diary, with a lock on the side, and a picture of a cat cuddling with a teddy bear on the front, and yes, I still have it, and the key.
7. I know that my Romanian teacher always tell me that in every story is an essence or kernel of truth. Is she right?
As much as most authors deny that their characters do not resemble themselves, or someone they know, I think that is untrue. In every character, there is a hint of the author, and sometimes they are based on people we know whether they are good or bad. I have heard this from New York Times Bestselling authors as well.
When it comes to the actual story, that varies. Sometimes yes, and sometimes the stories are so far-fetched there’s no way they can be based on reality.
8. What books did you read at my age, or between 12-18 years? What was your favorite?
I can’t remember everything I read, but I know there was The Babysitter’s Club by Ann M. Martin, followed by Sweet Valley High by Francine Pascal. We didn’t have the wide selection of young adult novels that there are now. In school, I read The Chrysalids by John Wyndham, Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury and a lot of Shakespeare. Near the end of high school, I started to read Stephen King, Nora Roberts, James Patterson, and Tolkien.
I read a lot of young adult novels now, including those by Beth Revis, Jennifer L. Armentrout, Julia Karr, Rebecca Royce, and more.
9. Do you like your new writer life? Is it beautiful, or how much did your life changed from the moment you published your books?
It’s very hectic, and I don’t relax much. Once the kids are in school, I hope to have a better schedule so that my family and writing times do not cross.
10. What advice do you have for teen writers?
Read as much as you can, and write as often as you can. Plus, learning the basics of writing is very important.
Thank you very much, you are incredible! What message do you have for your fans from Romania?
Thank you, Cristina for hosting me! And I want to thank all my fans from Romania as well. Your support means the world to me!
Jessica Subject started writing to encourage her daughter to read. Now she writes to keep herself grounded. Although she reads many genres, she enjoys writing Science Fiction Romance the most and believes everyone in the universe deserves a happily ever after. She lives Southwestern Ontario, Canada with her husband and two kids and loves to hear from anyone who has enjoyed her stories.
*Please note that stories by Jessica E. Subject are meant for those 18 and older.
Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.com/author/jessicasubject