Today I welcome historical romance writer Jessica Cale to the Friday Fast 5!
What is on the top of your to be read pile?
So many books! My TBR pile has been very neglected for the last couple of months because I’ve been busy getting Virtue’s Lady ready to be published, and now I’m judging a pile of books for a contest. I can’t say which ones those are, but when I’m done, I’m moving on to The Stand In by Rosanna Leo, What the Duke Wants by Amy Quinton, Isolde’s Fire by Kailynn Jones, and False Start by Marianne Rice. They’re all loaded on my Nook and ready to go. I also just ordered a copy of the Thug Kitchen cookbook! There are worse problems to have than having too much to read!
How do you overcome writer’s block?
The best way to overcome writer’s block that I’ve found is to set whatever you’re working on aside and write something totally different, preferably in another genre. Try a short story or a even just a scene in horror, satire, or literary fiction, just because you like the way the words fit together. Slow everything down, and write just for the sake of writing, even if you never do anything with it. This usually does the trick for me!
If they were to make a movie about you, who would play you and why?
If I could pick anybody regardless of time period, it would probably be Olivia de Havilland, because she’s an amazing actress and I look a little bit like she did in the 1930s. I probably even use the same face powder (my great-grandma’s brand, Coty). Most of the time, I look like an old-fashioned Disney character in a band t-shirt, and I think she could really pull that off.
If you were stranded on a desert island and could chose any famous person (living or dead), who would you chose to be stranded with you and why?
David Bowie, because if anyone could make being stranded on a desert island look cool, it’d be him. He’d definitely be missed, so someone would find us before long, and if they didn’t, I fully expect him to have a flying unicorn made of lightening (or something equally awesome) that we could ride to safety.
What is your favorite part of writing?
I like having something to do with my overactive imagination. I also love having a world of my own where I can set everything to rights; the characters can all find people who are perfect for them, and if anything bad happens, there’s always a way to fix it. Besides, if you don’t like the way a scene goes, you can always re-write it, and you can’t do that in real life. It’s very satisfying to create characters, solve all of their problems, and give them happy lives. I wish it was that easy to fix the real world!
Don’t Miss Virtue’s Lady
Lady Jane Ramsey is young, beautiful, and ruined.
After being rescued from her kidnapping by a handsome highwayman, she returns home only to find her marriage prospects drastically reduced. Her father expects her to marry the repulsive Lord Lewes, but Jane has other plans. All she can think about is her highwayman, and she is determined to find him again.
Mark Virtue is trying to go straight. After years of robbing coaches and surviving on his wits, he knows it’s time to hang up his pistol and become the carpenter he was trained to be. He busies himself with finding work for his neighbors and improving his corner of Southwark as he tries to forget the girl who haunts his dreams. As a carpenter struggling to stay in work in the aftermath of The Fire, he knows Jane is unfathomably far beyond his reach, and there’s no use wishing for the impossible.
When Jane turns up in Southwark, Mark is furious. She has no way of understanding just how much danger she has put them in by running away. In spite of his growing feelings for her, he knows that Southwark is no place for a lady. Jane must set aside her lessons to learn a new set of rules if she is to make a life for herself in the crime-ridden slum. She will fight for her freedom and her life if that’s what it takes to prove to Mark—and to herself—that there’s more to her than meets the eye.
Where to Find Virtue’s Lady
A Bit More About Jessica
Jessica Cale is a historical romance author and journalist based in North Carolina. Originally from Minnesota, she lived in Wales for several years where she earned a BA in History and an MFA in Creative Writing while climbing castles and photographing mines for history magazines. She kidnapped (“married”) her very own British prince (close enough) and is enjoying her happily ever after with him in a place where no one understands his accent. You can visit her at www.authorjessicacale.com.