There are 14 authors who wrote the stories of the Fairy Tale Confessions collection. This post will focus on Jessica Sorensen, author of Blayze and Ash.
Jessica, thanks for taking the time to answer some questions for us…
Q: You are a well published author. Do you feel a lot of pressure to produce more and more popular books?
I try not to let myself feel pressured. I think if I did then I wouldn’t enjoy writing as much. And I want to continue loving what I do.
Q: Did you find it difficult to ‘twist’ a well-known fairy tale?
I did spend a lot of time trying to come up with a good twist for Blayze and Ash, probably more time than I normally do when I’m starting a new story.
Q: You write contemporary books about self discovery and the impossible struggle to hide secrets. Do you find yourself drawn to that genre, or do you prefer to write paranormal books?
It depends on my mood, I guess. I love creating paranormal stories because there’s a little more freedom to let my imagination go wild. But I also love creating a character and helping them grow and heal throughout a story.
Q: Is there a character from one of your stories that has surprised you in some way?
That’s actually happened a few times. I’m not much of a planner and like to jump right into my stories, so sometimes I’ll end up typing a crazy, unexpected scene that completely surprises me.
Q: Where (or when) do you get the most story inspirations?
Everywhere and anywhere. I usually have at least five or six ideas bouncing around in my head. A lot of times I’ll get the best ideas right before I’m about to fall asleep, and I have to hurry and jot down the idea so I won’t forget it.
Q: What are you working on currently?
Currently, I’m working on Forget Me Not, a romance thriller.
Q: Do you see yourself participating in more anthologies?
I had a lot of fun writing Blayze & Ash so maybe.
Q: How important are the character names you choose? How do you choose them?
It takes me a while to choose my characters names because the name has to feel perfect before I can settle on one. I created a list of names that I’ve seen or heard and liked, and usually I pick the names from that.
Q: What are your 10 favorite books and why?
Man, I have so many favorite books I don’t even know where to begin. I guess I’ll go with
- Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr,
- Just Listen by Sarah Dessen,
- This Lullaby by Sarah Dessen,
- Some Girls Are by Courtney Summers,
- Falling for Anything by Courtney Summers,
- City of Bones by Cassandra Clare,
- Breathe, Annie, Breathe by Miranda Kenneally,
- Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins,
- Sweet Evil by Wendy Higgins,
- The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin.