Author of the Month, Jes Drew

 

I am happy to introduce to you, Jes Drew, whom I requested to participate in my “Author of the Month” feature after I read her book, At Summer’s End, which I thoroughly enjoyed.

In interview fashion, I posed thirty plus questions to Jes, allowing her to pick and choose which questions interested her. I find her a fascinating author and hope you will as well.  

 

 

The Interview

Q:  Does writing energize or exhaust you?

A:  Writing definitely energizes me… most of the time. When I’m into the story, I could go on forever. When I’m well aware it still has a few drafts to go through to be any good, though, it is a bit wearying. Thankfully, I never had that problem with the Summers of Yesteryear series.

Q:  Do you think someone could be a writer if they don’t feel emotions strongly?

A:  If someone doesn’t feel emotions strongly, I think writing would actually help them. I have put myself in so many different shoes to write my novels, and I have felt things I wouldn’t normally feel because I have experienced things I haven’t experienced. Writing is only partly what you bring to the table- the rest is what your characters bring.

Q:  If you could tell your younger writing self anything, what would it be?

A:  I would probably tell her to have started off by buying two thumb drives, because I lost one in an accident about a year or two into my writing career, and it really set me back.

Q:  What was the best money you ever spent as a writer?

A:  My covers are definitely worth every penny, and I’m glad to have found such a talented cover designer in Victoria Cooper.

Q:  What authors did you dislike at first but grew into?

A:  I think most classic authors like Dickens and Tolkein were a bit hard to read for younger me, but as I kept reading and kept growing, I grew to appreciate and love them.

Q:  How many unpublished and half-finished books do you have?

A:  I don’t even know anymore. At least a dozen, but there are some I randomly remember from time-to-time and wonder when I’ll be able to have time for them.

Q:  What does literary success look like to you?

A:  I want a movie or a tv show that I get to have all the final say on.

Q:  What’s the most difficult thing about writing characters from the opposite sex?

A:  Writing characters of the opposite gender actually isn’t that hard for me, because I studied the male mind before moving on from my female-protagonist-only stage. The biggest difficulty, I think, is staying true to the character in a scene where I’d prefer to have a feminine reaction because it makes more sense to me, but not for the character.

Q:  How many hours a day do you write?

A:  That is entirely variable. I don’t have a set schedule; I just write when I can.

Q:  What period of your life do you find you write about most often? (child, teenager, young adult)

A:  I write the period of life I’m in. When I was a teenager, I wrote about teenagers (but most of those books haven’t been published yet, so there are still plenty of those to come), and now as a young adult, I write about young adults.

Q:  How do you select the names of your characters?

A:  Sometimes the names come to me naturally. Other times, I do more research for a name that fits their ethnicity and culture. And sometimes I forget the original name and give them a new one unwittingly and have to change it throughout the manuscript when editing.
Q:  Do you read your book reviews? How do you deal with bad or good ones?

A:  I do read book reviews. Good ones make my days, and bad ones make me sad, but I don’t really deal with them one way or another.

Q:  Do you hide any secrets in your books that only a few people will find?

A:  I’ve been writing easter eggs since my first book to foreshadow the third book, and once I knew I would be writing multiple series, I started dropping hints toward the other books in each novel. And sometimes characters even run into each other.

Q:  Does your family support your career as a writer?

A:  They support me as a writer, but we’re all pragmatic about writing since it’s a hard career to actually make a living on.

Q:  Do you like audiobooks, physical books, or e-books better? Why?

A:  I like owning physical books, because they’re something special, but I prefer reading e-books for the ease.

Q:  What is your favorite genre to read, and why?
A:  I like romantic comedies, because it’s the great genre I can’t seem to figure out how to write myself.

Q:  What is the funniest typo you’ve ever written?

A:  Every now and then, characters gender-swap, and it makes me laugh every time. Or I’ll insert one character into a scene when I mean another, and it leads to a big fight off-screen. But I’ve had lots of embarrassing typos that I wish my editor didn’t have to see, or me either for that matter.

Q:  How many drafts do your books generally to through before publication?

A:  My minimum is four, but it can be way, way more.

Q:  Do you have a writing blog?

Yes, https://agencyofbooksandspies.blogspot.com/

Q:  What was the hardest part of writing your author bio?

A:  Not writing anything that can help anyone tracking me down if I have to go on the run or something.

Q:  What is your favorite time to write, and why?

A:  I like to write in the evening, mostly because that’s about the only time I can write.

End of Interview

Thank you so much, Jes Drew, for participating in my “Author of the Month” feature!

Please be sure to stop by Jes’ blog and get to know her! You can also visit her Author’s page on Amazon here: Jes Drew.

 

“When I’m dead, I wanna leave a body of work, like authors or great painters do.”

– Paul Weller


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