Today I have the great pleasure of introducing you all to author Jessie Clever. She has agreed to answer some questions for us all, and has generously offered a free giveaway, find out how you can enter below!
Now, onto the questions!
Do you have a pen name? How did you come up with your pen name?
I’m often asked if I have a pen name, but I’m sorry to say it’s really my name! Or it was until I got married. You’d better believe the first thing I did when we got back from the honeymoon was to go to the Social Security office and get it changed. I could not take another “Clever” joke! And then I published my first book and realized I would forever be Jessie Clever when it came to writing stories!
Are you a plotter or a pantser?
I try very hard to be a plotter, but sometimes my characters decide to do something else on me!
If you could sit down with any one in the world who would it be?
Audrey Hepburn. I put a little bit of her in all of my heroines.
You are a published author! What made you succeed where others fail?
Persistence. I remember hearing someone say that the world “still” is so negative in the context of “are you still trying to do this?” I never let that word get in my way.
What advice would you have for someone who is just starting out?
Keep writing! I was given this advice by some many writers, and at the time, I dismissed it. But it turned out to be the best advice, because when the first manuscript becomes a book, you need to have more to come after that!
What was the first novel/short story/poem you wrote? Did you ever publish it?
Son of a Duke, the first book I ever published, was also the first novel that I finished, and I wrote it during my 1L year of law school. I never made it to my second year.
How do you come up with your titles?
I ask my husband. He’s brilliant with titles!
Do you ever write naked?
No, because I have a leather office chair. I don’t want to stick to it.
Who would play you in a movie about your life?
Reese Witherspoon! She looks nothing like me, but I hope I’m as peppy as she appears to be!
How much impact does your childhood have on your writing?
It has a huge impact! I grew up in a bit of a resort in the middle of nowhere New York. My family owned a restaurant, campground and marina, and during the summer, I would sit behind the cash register of the store from the time I was very little until I finally left home. I met many different “characters” during that time.
I would like to giveaway an e-copy of A Countess Most Daring, the latest installment in the Spy Series, to a commenter on today’s post.
Armed with the firm belief that women in the Regency era could be truly awesome heroines, Jessie began telling their stories in her Spy Series, a thrilling ride in historical espionage that showcases human faults and triumphs and most importantly, love.
Jessie makes her home in the great state of New Hampshire where she lives with her husband and two very opinionated Basset Hounds.
Visit Jessie at her own site here: jessieclever.com