Jessica earned her BA in Humanities/Comparative Literature from Brigham Young University. She also studied German and Norwegian and enjoys reading Viking sagas in their original Old Norse language. When she’s not reading or writing, she knits like a maniac, plays piano and viola and travels. Her most recent book is Tuesdays at the Castle (for a full review click here). Her other works include Princess of the Midnight Ball, Princess of Glass, Sun and Moon, Ice and Snow, and the Dragon Slippers Trilogy.
What gave you the idea of a castle with a mind of its own?
It just popped into my head one night as I got into bed!
Tell us a little about Tuesdays at the Castle‘s heroine, Celie, and how she came into existence.
Celie is the youngest (and I’m the youngest in my family). She wants desperately to be grown up, so she’s trying to make a career for herself mapping the Castle, which no one has ever done before. She also just popped into my head!
Do you put any of yourself or other people in your life into your characters?
Usually no. The events of my books are usually so far removed from my life (dragon wars, living castles, etc) that the characters end up being truly unique to that culture, that situation. I have no idea how I would react to a talking dragon!
When did you start writing?
I was five. I wrote a story about how my sister always wore her red bathrobe around the house. It was fully illustrated. She was not amused.
Do you have any writing rituals?
I like to snack, which is a terrible thing, but still . . . Mama needs her licorice or she can’t think!
Do you have any advice for aspiring writers?
You need to write every day, and you need read every day, especially books outside of the genre you’re writing in, so that you stay “fresh.”
Can you tell us about the best and/or worst experience you’ve had since getting published?
Worst? I’d, er, rather not. Best? Just seeing my books on the shelves at bookstores and libraries is the best feeling in the world, no matter how often it happens!
What do you do when you’re not writing?
Sleep. Maybe pay attention to my children.
What’s the one book you could never live without?
If you were a flower, what flower would you be?
I would like to be a really brightly colored rose!
Thanks again to Jessica for her great interview!
Dragon Slippers (2007)
Dragon Flight (2008)
Dragon Spear (2009)
Princess of the Midnight Ball (2009)
Princess of Glass (2010)
Sun and Moon, Ice and Snow (2008)
Tuesdays at the Castle (2011)