Q. Who is Jessica Lauryn?
I was born and raised in New Jersey, where I live to this day. There are a lot of people living in the area where I reside and I love being part of a very active community – coming back from a vacation, NJ always feels like home. I’m a big antique collector and on weekends, when I’m not writing I love hitting up the local (and sometimes not so local!) antique stores in search of pretty, Victorian treasures. I’ve worked in a variety of jobs, where I’ve met a number of interesting people, several of whom have found their way into my stories. I am obsessed with 80’s music but I try to stick with classical while I’m reading and writing. I find it less distracting, and also, greatly inspiring!
Q. When did you know you wanted to be a writer?
I always loved books as a child and when I was six, watching soap operas with my mother, I fell in love with romance. I kept the idea of one day writing for the soaps in the back of my mind for years. But along the way I discovered romance novels and realized that writing a full-length novel was something I had to try for myself. When I graduated from college and was looking for my first job, I spent a lot of time asking myself what I’d do with my life if I could do anything at all. Writing kept coming into my mind and I perused several non-fiction books regarding how to get started with a career in writing. I remember reading in one of the books that writers spend their entire lives in basements doing nothing but writing. I believe the comment was intended to discourage people but I remember thinking that being left alone to simply use your imagination and write for hours on end sounded like more fun than anything I could imagine!
Q. Of the books you’ve written, which one is your favorite?
For years, Dangerous Proposal was my favorite story, for a variety of reasons not the least of which is that I fashioned the hero, Alec, to be like the sort of man I dream of meeting myself. I still love Alec’s story, but An Amorous Dance took me by surprise. In this second-chance romance, theater owner Hannah Rabourn battles for control of the world she loves against her greatest rival and former lover, Evan Masters. Evan wishes to have revenge for an injustice done to him long ago and he plots to take control of Rabourn Theater by way of persuasion…and seduction. I worked with a slightly older heroine and hero than I typically have in the past and I was amazed by the way these two characters and their story took off as two battled in the boardroom…and the bedroom! Their feistiness and determination blows my mind and as I was reading An Amorous Dance for the hundredth time during the final edit, I found myself still laughing out loud at some of the nervy things that Evan says to Hannah during the course of the story.
Q. What advice do you have for aspiring authors in regards to writing?
Write what you know and what you love! I would also take that statement a bit further and say that with regards to writing romance, you need to fall in love with your hero. Write, write, and write some more! Be yourself, own your voice, let your imagination take you where it will!
Q. Why do you write Romance?
I write romance because I want readers to always envision the possibility of having romance in their lives, to insist upon having it, to hold onto it, and to never settle for anything less!
Q. Where can readers learn more about you?
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