Sunday, January 27, 2013

Liza Interview Jessica Subject - Accidental Romance

Today we have the prolific and fabulous Jessica Subject.  

Liza: Let me get to a hard hitting question I’ve wondered ever since I’ve known of Jessica’s existence. Are you an alien who has gotten marooned on Earth and like Ford Prefix, fails to properly name yourself? Although to be fair, Jessica is a perfectly reasonable name.  So you did better than Ford Prefix.

Jess: Thanks for having me on your blog today, Liza! As for whether I’m an alien, I’ll never tell. Wouldn’t want to end up in a lab. Or worse. *shudders*

Liza: How does the reality of being a writer compare to Castle’s, the TV writer/crime solver.

Jess: I’d say it’s not even a close portrayal. At least for me. I spend my days rushing kids off to where they’re supposed to be, doing every day housework, and trying to get some time for writing and other stuff in between. Some days are easier than others. But I don’t have time to run around with cops rather than write. Sure, I’ve had to email the police, military, and doctors for research information, but I’m not tagging along with them. If only…

Liza: I know just how you feel. I was all ready to spend a few hours daily with the local police force, solving crimes, then come home to healthy meal mysteriously cooked by some unknown person while I write my day’s escapades into a fabulous novel.

Jess: Yeah, reality is harder, but it’s still all I want to do.

Liza: *nods in agreement* What's your favorite part of writing? 

Jess: The escape of it. Sometimes it’s nice to forget about everyday life and visit the characters in my head for an hour or two. Does that make me crazy?

Liza: No, of course not. It’s called escapism. It’s why I have imaginary kittens doing my marketing. Perfectly rational way to escape the unpleasantness of reality.

Jess: Okay, now I’m worried…

Liza: Don’t be. It’s not like your secondary character ever threatened to take over your book?

Jess: Oh, Jake definitely wanted his side of the story to be told, too, but I had to reassure him things would work out in the end.

Liza: So you reassure your characters? That’s a bit weird. I just threaten mine.
So if your main character had been allowed to write the novel rather than you, how would the story have been different?

Jess: There would have been some holes in the story. She would have left out the scene where she breaks up with her boyfriend, Scott, right before her accident. Plus, since she doesn’t remember much of the accident, details would have been sparse. Oh, and she would have turned out the lights on the scene where her and Jake are intimate for the first time.

Liza: Have you ever needed intervention with your muse?

Jess: Oh, we get along very well right now. With two new releases, muse is on vacay for a bit, but we’ll be working together again soon. J

Liza: Mine calls 911 every other week. The cops say if I don’t stop wasting their time they are going to start fining me.

Jess: And again you are worrying me.

Liza: Speaking of worrisome matters: If you met an alien from outer space, how would you explain what you do.

Jess: Oh gosh, I have no idea. I guess I would have them read my books, if possible. If not, I guess I’d just have to demonstrate some of the stories I write about sexy aliens. That is, if I was single.

Jessica Subject attacks aliens with bound thin layers of wood pulp, then jumps their bones, cartilage, or whatever holds them upright. 
World citizens split as to if this was an act of bravery or insanity.

Jess: Liza, I’m still here. None of that happened.

Liza: *wipes brow* I was really worried.

Jess: Can we just get through this interview?

Liza:  Sure. What part of your book took you most out of your comfort zone?

Jess: Surprisingly, it’s writing action scenes. While I love to read and watch these scenes, I don’t normally think about every single aspect of what happens during them. You really have to watch everything in slow motion when you’re writing them.

Liza: What part was the hardest to write?

Jess: In Accidental Romance, it was the accident scene. Not only did I have to research and have a basic understanding of the equipment used, but I had to make sure everything was feasible. Plus, it’s a little gruesome.

Liza: A little? I went queasy just reading your excerpt.

Jess: Well if you want to end the interview and lie down—

Liza: No I’m tough. Who's your favorite character in the book?

Jess: That would have to be the heroine, Leanne. She is very courageous with the challenges she must overcome. Though she is easily frustrated in life right after her accident, she remains determined to learn to live as an amputee.

Liza: What's your favorite line in the story?

Jess: This is Jake’s dialogue. He comes to visit Leanne in the hospital after her accident. He asks her how she’s doing, and she responds sarcastically that she’s just peachy. This is his response:
“Great, then get the hell out of bed.”
Obviously, he’s not going to let her feel sorry for herself.

Jessica Subject, pregnant with Alien, 
seen chasing the cartoon Road Runner 
dressed in peacock suit.

Jess: *grips head* Can we end this now?

Liza: Just one more question. How'd your muse come up with this story?

Jess: My muse had a tough time with this story. When I was asked to be one of the launch authors for this series, I was super excited. But my muse drew a blank. I had a lot of ideas, but they just didn’t work. Then my husband mentioned something about a farmer he knew who lost fingers after being stepped on by a bull. That got my muse working, and I asked my husband what other types of accidents can happen on a farm. And voila! I had an idea that would work. J

Liza: So what’s this series about? Why no one wants to farm anymore?  I know the answer to that. Farms are one of the most dangerous places to work. Even more so than crab fishing. They should do a reality show on farmers, before they go extinct.

Jess: extinct?

Liza: Yep. Farming is hard 40 hours a day work. And you have to deal with all sorts of stupid stuff, like running over giant snakes with your harvesting equipments that gunks it all up. And then while you are fixing and cleaning the blades up along comes a giant flood destroying your crops. 

And while you stare at the devastation, a three sister tornado sweeps in like a runaway tripod. You barely make it to the storm shelter before your house explodes into flying shrapnel. Once inside the shelter, you collapse to the floor and a rattlesnake, which has made its home in the cool shelter, lets you know you’re not welcomed by sinking its fangs into your ass.  

Finally, you have something you can fight and you rip the snake to pieces, getting bit again in the process. Realizing you need medical care, you climb out in search of your truck, but the tornado has taken it—

Jess: *hands Liza a pill and glass of water*

Liza: What’s this?

Jess: Something to calm you down.

Liza: *swallows pill*  I feel calmer now. Uh Oh—*Liza falls over*

Peep Rep: Did you kill her?

Jess: No. It’s a drug the aliens gave me. Normally, it’s used in a spray form to quell riotous mobs.

Peep Rep: But she’ll wake up, right?

Jess: Soon. Yes, so let me tell you about The Challenge series from Decadent Publishing. In every life, there are challenges, boulders in the flowing stream of existence. From the physical, to the psychological or emotional, nobody is immune. No one gets through life intact, but the challenge is not to avoid damage, but to work through, past or around the things that make life so difficult. The Challenge series focuses on characters who do just this—and the people who love them.

And here’s the blurb and an excerpt while Liza is still quiet.

Accidental Romance Blurb:
At twenty-two, Leanne Declan has graduated from college and hopes to take over the family farm until a tragic accident changes her life forever. Unable to do the simplest everyday chores, she must depend on her family and friends as she learns to face life’s challenges. But when her fears threaten to destroy her future, can an unexpected love be strong enough to help her dreams come true?

A million needles pierced her wrist. She had to get away from the fire. Leanne flicked open her eyes, screaming, longing for the agony to stop.
White walls surrounded her. Machines beeped. Taking in the new scenery, she closed her mouth, the pain forgotten. Bags filled with clear liquids as well as blood hung from a metal pole. She followed the tubes from the bags into her left hand. Was that where the burn came from? She glanced at the other arm, the end of which was wrapped in thick bandages. The image of spinning blades and her mangled flesh flashed before her eyes. She screamed again, tears falling down her cheeks. This can’t be happening.
Bodies rushed into the room, many in scrubs. With her vision blurred, she didn’t recognize anyone. All strangers. She was in the foreign place by herself. A nightmare. Has to be.
“Shh, calm down, sweetie. You’ll be okay.”
A familiar voice. She glanced to her other side to see her mom standing beside her, her eyes glassy. She held her hand, but Leanne couldn’t feel it, only the throbbing which had returned to her other one, the one that was…gone? She groaned, turning on her side, and pulled her knees up to her chest.
“Mom, is it really…?”
She brushed her fingers over her forehead. “Don’t worry about it right now. You need to rest.”
“It hurts so bad.”
“I know.” Her mother stroked her face again. “But the nurses will help it go away.”
“Leanne,” one of the nurses hovering around her said. “I want you to take deep breaths and count backward from ten.”
“Ten.” She sucked in air and cried out in agony.
Between clenched teeth, she continued. Anything to stop the pain. “Nine.”
Ice traveled through her veins. “Eight.”
The throbbing slowly ebbed away. Seven.
Darkness swept over her and pulled her down with it.
Jessica Subject started writing to encourage her daughter to read. Now she writes to keep herself grounded. Although she reads many genres, she enjoys writing Science Fiction Romance the most and believes everyone in the universe deserves a happily ever after. She lives Southwestern Ontario, Canada with her husband and two kids and loves to hear from her readers.
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Jess: I’d like to thank everyone for coming today. Liza will be fine I promise you.  For your chance to WIN Accidental Romance swag, leave a comment telling me a good joke. I really need some. Contest is international. Winner will be notified by email on January 31, 2013.
Good luck!

Liza: *wakes up*  Wow, what a strange dream I’d just had. It had giant snakes, decapitation of arms, and aliens bubble-wrapping Jessica Subject. How weird is that?


  1. Very funny interview. I tweeted.

    1. Thank you Ella. Jessica was great fun, at least until she gave me that alien drug.

    2. Liza, you needed something to calm down. ;)

  2. Thanks so much for taking the time to interview me, Liza! And in all the time I was there, I never met Jess or the kittens. LOL

    1. They hide when I get that rowdy. Thanks for coming, but before you put your shoes back on your alien feet, you should know I intend to keep you another day.

  3. Let me just say this on the subject of the alienness of Jessica E. Subject: I know her snailmail address. BWHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

    1. I want people to laugh, that's why I interview people. However, I'm not sure evil laughs will extend your life by 5.7 seconds, so don't blame me if you keel over 5.7 seconds earlier than you expected.

    2. Hehe. Don't tell them where I parked my spaceship, Taryn! ;)

  4. Great interview, Ladies! The Alienness of Jessica E. Subject sounds like a great sci-fi novel. You should write a book...Sounds like those alien drugs are a life saver for interviewees on Liza'a blog. You could make a fortune, Jessica! This book looks very different from your others, Jessica. Loved the excerpt. And of course it's on my TBR list.

    1. Yeah, next Jessica will be writing about kittens. But rest assured whatever she writes about it'll be good. And Jess, Jenna speaks from experience, only when I interviewed her, she behaved as badly as I did. My readers where terrified, I tell you. I would like to assure you both that I'll be better in the future, but it's hit and miss with me. Some days I behave, others days I don't.

    2. Hey Jenna! Now you've got my muse running. LOL She's back from holidays. Accidental Romance is very different from most of my others. Closer to Beneath the Starry Sky, but not erotic. Thank you so much! :)

      Sorry, Liza, no kittens in the near future, but that doesn't mean ever. LOL

  5. Since you're Fierce, you should come for an interview.

  6. Thank you again, Liza, for having me on your blog! It was a lot of fun! And thanks to everyone who stopped by!

    Congratulations to Jenna, who wins swag from my new releases! :)


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