A warm welcome to today’s Spotlight Author, Jessamyn Kingley.
Thank you for joining us and sharing more about yourself.
Tell us a little about yourself.
I’m 40-something and I live outside Las Vegas, Nevada. I recently relocated from Western Maryland. I’ve been married to my best friend for nearly two decades. I speak sarcasm fluently and curse unnecessarily. I also have a terrible case of OCD.
What would people be most surprised to know about you?
I think it might surprise some people that I have a tattoo of Gavrael’s dagger from the cover of D’Vaire, Book 2 on my forearm. On the other one is skull. One morning I was vacationing in Las Vegas before we moved and there were two women next to us who decided to have a loud conversation for over an hour at four in the morning. I couldn’t get back to sleep so I started surfing the Internet. I’d just finished Books 5 & 6 and was all about Chander and Alaric. I found a skull image I liked and later that day I was inked. I don’t really recommend the spontaneous tattoo, but it worked out for me.
How do you relax?
Music is important to me. I’ve always got something on and I can basically transport myself anywhere with the right mix of songs. I will dive into a book or mindlessly play app games on my tablet.
How long have you been writing and what made you fall in love with writing?
Many years ago when I was in high school I took a creative writing class. I have been crafting stories ever since, but it took me far too long to finally finish a book. I love the escape writing provides, it’s like drowning into a good story that you’re reading.
Did you always want to be a writer?
I did but it took me a long time to get there. About twenty years.
What are your ambitions for your writing career?
I choose stories that I want to read. My goal has always been to find readers who are looking for the same thing I am.
What’s your favorite part of writing?
Crafting the couples. I like figuring out what makes them tick and what obstacles they are going to have to face to find love.
Why did you choose to write GLBTQ romance? Why not another genre?
For decades I read mainstream romance much of it historical. I grew weary of the damsel in distress looking for her white knight. Those stories are all great, but I was drawn to books with two gallant heroes.
Do you write any other genre?
Not yet, but I wouldn’t rule it out for the future.
Describe a scene in your writing that has made you laugh or cry?
From the moment I began Book 4, Resurrection of the Fallen I knew I had to kill Drystan and Conley. I didn’t want to, but it was inevitable. Even though I knew it was coming, I ugly cried through the entire death scene. I am not sure if it was the deaths themselves or that they wouldn’t be together again for over six centuries, but I still get teary when I read it.
Give the readers a brief summary of your latest book or WIP.
Dra’Kaedan is obsessed with dragons and is lured out to find one. He winds up kidnapped and forced into being the familiar of an unpleasant woman whose evil grandfather carves spells on Dra’Kaedan’s back. His memory is torn away, and they give him the new name Ayden. As Ayden he spends six centuries hidden in a cottage until Fate sends him to his mate. Brogan has experienced a similar isolation and neither one of them have a clue how to relate to each other. After they fall in love, the past will finally catch up with them.
What genre does it fall in?
Share a few words about your latest book/WIP, other than the usual blurb.
Dra’Kaedan’s and Brogan’s story was always one that was very important to me which is why I took the time to sit down and rewrite it. Dra’Kaedan knows deep down that he’s something more than the familiar Latarian calls him but he has no opportunity to explore who he is as a person. Brogan’s sure of himself and of what he wants so he has no clue why Fate would give him a mate so far from his dreams. Their struggle is not only learning how to be in a relationship but for Ayden especially to find himself.
Give us a little insight into your main characters. Who are they?
Dra’Kaedan’s true personality is a little crazy, fiery, and he’s obsessed with cake. He wants to find someplace where he belongs and that’s how he comes up with opening the sanctuary that’s the foundation for all the books. Best friend to King Aleksander, Brogan’s also got a formidable temper and he’s very overprotective of his family.
Will we be seeing these characters again any time soon? Is this book part of a series?
This is a significantly revised Book 1 of my D’Vaire series. Dra’Kaedan and Brogan have made at a cameo in every book so far and that trend will continue. They are way too important to D’Vaire to remain on the sidelines.
Which actor would you like to see playing the lead character from your most recent book?
I think we’d have to do a serious casting call to get Dra’Kaedan right but Chris Hemsworth with brown hair would do very nicely for Brogan.
Tell us a little bit about your writing style.
Images of each scene play out like a movie in my head. I try my best to relate what I’m seeing to words. I want it to all be about the characters. Their thoughts, their feelings, and how they relate to each other. So, my writing has a bit of everything. There’s happy and sad as well as anger. I have an affection for long sentences and I always forget about commas which is why I have incredible editors.
What does your writing process look like?
I like to begin with the book title. My next step is to create an outline. Depending on the couple it might take me a day or even up to a week or more to create it. Once I start writing, I keep a notebook where I jot down things I want to change, add, or things I might have missed in other books I have finished. I scribble all over the outline so by the time I’m done it looks like it’s been through a war.
When/where is your favorite time/place to write?
I prefer to be somewhere alone where I can blast my tunes and shut out the world. I’ll take a comfy chair in my new office or sit cross-legged on the bed with my little laptop desk and get to work.
What genre/s do you enjoy reading in your free time?
I’ll read just about anything. I tend to go in spurts where I will just do mystery, true crime, romance, etc.
What was the last book you read? What did you like about it?
The last book I read was Wolf Around The Cornerby Aidee Ladner. I fell in love with one of the MCs, Frank. I adored his vulnerability and the writer put me in a place where I felt like I was experiencing all of Frank’s emotions with him.
Have you held any interesting jobs while you worked on your books?
I have been involved in animal rescue most of my adult life. For the past six years I’ve been Vice President and served on the Board of Directors for a small group.
What hobbies do you have outside of writing?
My biggest hobby is gaming. I will play anything from apps to PC games including RPGs, simulations, etc. I love music and create playlists for all my couples. I like to read and when I don’t feel like doing anything at all I daydream. It allows me to form new characters, so I can write more books!
Thank you for stopping by and telling us more about yourself.
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Jessamyn Kingley lives in Nevada with her husband of nearly two decades. She considers it a bad day when the lovely men in her head refuse to speak to her. When she is not writing, Jessamyn is casting spells and hacking away with a sword in video games.
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