So today, I get the pleasure of having the Harvest Treats tour here with me on Ali's Bookshelf. Today I have author S.A. Jones with me chatting about being an author with a Author Interview. Enjoy.
First of all, thank you so much to Ali for having me!
Can you tell us something interesting about your writing process?
I have to have a playlist that matches the mood of the scene I’m writing. Not only that, I also start every writing (and editing) session with the Linkin Park/Jay-Z CD Collision Course. It just gets me amped!
What part of the writing process is the easiest/hardest for you?
The hardest part of the writing process for me is keeping a character’s life on track. I’ll start writing a story, but then I’ll remember there is this key point in the character’s life that made them do or say something, and I feel like it needs to be told. When that happens, I tell it right then. I could probably lengthen my stories by an extreme amount if I told the beginning, at the beginning!
Who is your favorite character (that you’ve written)?
My favorite character that I’ve written thus far was actually a joke character, not in a piece to be published. A friend and I decided we were going to participate in Script Frenzy last year, and we used their Plot Machine for it. The plot was that a struggling student became a pirate in a world run by chickens. We started on it, and it was filled with so much seriousness in the characters, but the overall plot was just hysterical.
Is there anything you’re working on now?
Renaissance Romance Publishing just published “Harvest Treats” which features my debut piece, “Love Something Fierce”. As of right now I have a lot on my plate, so I’m inconsistently working on a Steampunk piece, hopefully to be published some day.
Where did the idea for your book come from?
“Love Something Fierce” actually features minimalistic details of some things I’ve experienced in my own life, but primarily it just came from my head and good music. I wanted to give hope and yet reveal some of the real life things that you see in today’s society that are sometimes forgotten about.
Are any of the characters inspired by someone in real life?
There actually are three characters mildly inspired by people in real life. Hope is very loosely fashioned after my oldest son, Aiden, in the demeanor area. (Spoiler alert: There is an Aiden at the end of the book, who is also a tribute to my oldest son, but also a tribute to the birth of my youngest. What can I say? I love them so much!) Seeley also is loosely based off of the boys’ godfather, a very near and dear friend to me. If there ever were a movie to be made, I would totally cast their godfather to play the role as well! Then of course, there’s sweet, charming, albeit originally confused, man that is my husband… Uh… I mean, Dawson!
Do you follow a writing schedule, or just write whenever you get the chance?
I would love to be able to follow a writing schedule; however, I am a wife, mother of two, soccer coach, Family Readiness Group many things, and a volunteer at my church, so I just write whenever I can, lol.
Do you listen to music while you write, or do you prefer quiet?
I definitely prefer music while I write, but if an extremely tense scene has started to flow, and I have to break from the music for whatever reason, then the music has to stop or else completely lose my focus.
I love doing Author interviews, it lets us get to know the author a little more. So Thank you so much S.A. Jones for being on Ali's Bookshelf today!
The Journey Home
The Sharks’ star quarterback, Travis McCoy has it all, until an injury ends his season early. When he receives an invitation to attend the big homecoming game from his alma mater, Travis decides it’s time to face his past. The journey home sends Travis down a path that he never expects. Will he be able to come to grips when everything around him is spiraling out of control?
Love Something Fierce
Claire Beausejour is a single mother working two jobs, and putting up with the daily antics of her three roommates, as she tries to better the life she leads for herself and her daughter, Hope. That is until she meets Dawson Williams, best friend to Hope’s father. Despite the circumstances, a friendship begins to develop between Claire and Dawson, leading to events neither could have ever expected.
10 Days to Love
Richie Graham and Danielle ‘Dani’ MacDonald have been best friends for four years. Now that the time has come to leave Old Orchard Beach for college, the countdown begins to say goodbye. The race to close down her family’s motel for the season and for their hearts begins. With ten days left, will they see what’s always been right in front of them? Or is there too much left unsaid?
My Apple Tree
David Cleary and Katie O’Connell had the perfect love. When they are separated by tragedy, David is devastated and refuses to move on — until he meets Emily “Mel” Wallace. Gun-shy Mel understands how a heart can break in the aftermath of violence. Although neither of them want to love again, the attraction between them is difficult to resist. David wants to keep Mel safe, but first he will need to risk his heart.
S.A. Jones is a military wife and mother of two boys. As far back as
she can remember she has always written stories of some sort, and the
times she can't remember, her mother has interjected that she was also
As well as being a writer, Mrs. Jones is also an avid reader. She
primarily enjoys thrillers, but is always a stickler for a good
romance novel, especially those falling within the historical fiction
Beyond writing, she also enjoys photography, scrapbooking, and crafting.