Mittwoch, 19. September 2012

The Taylor Street Gang files, part 9. Jessica Degarmo

So, next up is Jessica Degarmo, one of the more prolific authors at Taylor, Jess crams so much into her life she has less free time than Madonna's age-issue therapist.
She's also a VERY nice person with the nicest smile in town  :-D

Anyway, let's get down to brass tacks, (never understood that saying).

Here's the blurb for her latest release, Historically Yours (Johns Creek Second Chances)

When recent divorcée Chloe Johns McClain decides to start her life all over again by moving from Iowa to upstate New York to take up her family inheritance, the ancestral home of the Johns family, she is not expecting to walk straight into a feud with a member of the other historic family of the town, Chase Landry.

The origins for the enmity between the Johns family and the Landrys is obscure to Chloe, but her arrival sure kicks the glowing embers of rivalry back into a raging fire.

And just when it looks like they are slowly reaching an amicable solution, Chloe discovers something in the joint past of the two families that really pours gasoline onto the flames ….

So, without further ado, HERE'S JESSICA !!!

1.) Tell us about yourself.

I’m a wife, mom, recent college graduate, an insurance agent, the lead singer in a classic rock band, former country music DJ and the published author of six novels. And I’m tired, and in dire need of a cookie. J

2.) What genre do you specialise in?

I guess you could say I specialize in romance, whether it’s lighthearted or deeper. I try to infuse my book with meaning, with something more than a fluffy bit of brain drain. There’s nothing wrong with fluffy romance, but I guess I’d like to leave the world knowing I imparted even the slightest bit of wisdom into someone, somewhere. Makes me feel like I’ve actually done something, you know?

3.) What's your inspiration.

My inspiration is the world around me. My husband and kids, of course, are a constant source of inspiration. They inspire me to keep going even when I don’t want to. I do everything for them. They’re why I started writing in the first place. I wanted to help them, to give them a better life.  And I draw inspiration for my individual books by many different places. It could be a conversation with a co-worker, a movie I saw on TV, a demand from my publisher to try a certain genre, a dream, a place I’ve visited. It could be anything, but when inspiration hits, it usually his hard.

4.) Who is your favourite author, why and did he/she inspire you to write in any way?

LaVyrle Spencer is my absolute favorite. Her books are beautifully written, infused with tender life lessons, and they’re highly readable, lovely, addictive.  She’s the person I aspire to be like, and I’ve learned a lot about writing simply by reading her.

5.) How do you feel about Taylor?

Taylor Street is a wonderful place. It’s saved me, really.  I had no idea how publishing worked when I first started out, and Tim Hewtson took me under his wing and took a chance on me. I had a few other offers to publish my first book, but I think I made the right decision. The company is fantastic. I’m not sure there’s another place out there that would be as accessible, kind, honest, amenable and dedicated to its authors.  I’ve learned so much and made some wonderful friends that will last a lifetime. I’ve also grown as an author, and I’ve been given opportunity after remarkable opportunity to keep growing and experience what it feels like to be even the slightest bit successful. Thanks, Taylor Street!

6.) What are your plans?

My plan? To continue to write, of course. I love my day job, and I can’t see leaving it, but I love to write. It’s more than a hobby. It’s a life-changing commitment and I’m thrilled to be where I am with it. I’m working on some new books, and I think some readers will be absolutely shocked at what else there is rolling around in my brain! I’d like to continue to surprise people. And I’d like to purchase a cabin in the woods or a hut on a remote desert island to escape to when real life gets to be too much. How’s that for plans? ;)

7.) Go for it, sell your work. (Links, reviews, what ever you want).

Please check out my website at As far as my books go, you can find them all here at my Amazon author page:
Thanks for having me here, Reggums! You rock!

No no, YOU Rock Jess, and thanks for turning up :-)

So peeps, now you know.
As you were.
Reggie :-D

2 Kommentare:

Mike Church hat gesagt…

Jess is simply brilliant, isn't she! An inspiration to all of us. That said, I haven't read any of her books yet. Are they any good, do you know?

Mike Church hat gesagt…

Jess is a role model for many of us. She's incredibly versatile and she can do loads of different things well too.