The Mistress of Pennington's Tour

Saturday, 19 February 2011

And on with the Romantic Suspense Blog Tour - Jess Anastasi

Hi Jess,

Happy to welcome you to my humble abode! It's great to host another Noble Romance author, this publisher seems to be growing at an astonishing rate and I plan to submit something to them by the end of the year too. Sexy, sexy cover - bet your thrilled! Shall we get on with the interview? Here goes...

1) Where do you write?

At my kitchen table. It's not so bad though, because I accidentally, over a years, morphed the dining area into an office. We still use one end of the kitchen table to eat at, obviously, but the far end by the window is my permanent workspace.

2) What is the best & worst part about the writing process for you?

The best part is coming up with an exciting new idea, meeting the characters and seeing them through the story. Writing, I love. Editing, not so much. Re-thinking sentence structure and punctuation makes my head hurt!

3) When did you first consider yourself a writer?

I think from very early on, I always considered myself a writer in some capacity. I always kept a journal and used to write snatches of scenes that would pop into my head, and bad, angst-ridden teenage poetry. But it wasn't until the year after I left high school, still aimlessly wandering, not knowing what I wanted to do with my life, that it hit me I wanted to write books.

4) What is the best & worst advice you’ve received about writing?

The best advice I ever got was to be disciplined (which I never actually implemented until these past couple of years) and persistent. I can't honestly remember any really bad advice. Usually if someone told me something I didn't think was quite right, I tend to forget about it. I have enough trouble remembering the things I need to remember, without keeping bad advice in mind, lol.

5) Which comes first? Plot or characters?

It always happens different. With Dead Reality and Sanctuary, it was definitely a matter of plot first. With Severance and the rom sus I'm working on at the moment (titled Night Fall for the time being) the characters came and brought the story with them.

6) What is a typical day for you?

I don't know if any day is typical, I just take it as it comes. I get up, deal with kids, help out in the shop my parents own, deal with the kids some more and then once they've gone to bed, I'll do some writing.

7) Where do you see your career in five years?

Hopefully with a whole stack of published books behind me! And probably writing full time once the kids get to school.

8) What do you like to do when you’re not writing?

Depends on my mood. Watch a DVD, knit, crochet, do yoga, go for a run on the treadmill (cause who runs outside anymore?) Bake cookies. Avoid cleaning…


FBI Special Agent Ella Waverly is wrapping up one last assignment before heading off on her first holiday in five years. But flip-flops and cocktails are the last thing on her mind when she meets the new team leader, Special Agent Bryce Lain, and finds out her holiday is being scuttled for an undercover assignment.
Agent Lain is gorgeous, the kind of gorgeous that guarantees he’s an arrogant jerk. The news that he’ll be her partner in the dangerous mission is almost enough to make her head explode. Before the day is out, Ella finds herself at Little Palm Island Resort in Florida, masquerading as a contestant on the latest reality TV show – Lord Bachelor. The bachelor in question, a disgraced British peer, is suspected of raping and murdering several women back in London.
As humidity frizzes her hair beyond the help of any type of de-frizzing, smoothing, glossing product, Ella tries to wrangle working against nineteen husband-hungry bimbos, one suspected serial killer and one seriously hot agent who’s trying everything he can to get under her skin.

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LOL! We have quite a few similarities, Jess...

The avoiding cleaning, the non-typical day around the kids and part-time work and funnily enough because it's winter, i am writing on the far end of our dining table too! I am lucky enough in the summer to have a cabin-type office which i LOVE!!!

OK, over to you guys! Comments?

1 comment:

  1. Hi Rachel, thanks for having me, it was lovely to be able to visit.
    And yes, avoiding housework is usually on the top of my list... one of these days I'm going to work out how I can afford a cleaner... LOL