I would like to introduce "The Jubilant J.S. Wilsoncroft" as our "Author of the Month" for the month of May. Here is the personal interview that we were blessed with.
J.S. Wilsoncroft: No, in high school I totally despised writing. The very thought of writing term papers made me ill. I once had written a paper for English class, only to copy word for word from an article in a magazine. My teacher knew I had copied it because there were words written that he knew I didn't know the definition of. He still gave me a passing grade, warning me to not copy anything again. The next year I joined Cosmetology and never had to write another paper again. LOL. It was about seven years ago that I met a sweet girl name Nikki on Facebook. She runs a Stephenie Meyer fan page and every week she would post a fan fiction contest. Being a huge Twilight fan, I often wrote stories and submitted them. It was all for fun. Well, one day she messaged me telling me that thousands of people have read my stories and that I should seriously think about starting an author page on Facebook. After much thought, I decided to take her advice and started my own page and posted my own stories on it. Soon, I had many fans telling me how much they loved my stories. Well, a few years later my first book was published. And it's been a crazy ride since then.
Candie and Michelle: I remember your stories on Facebook. How has life changed since your career has taken off?
J.S. Wilsoncroft: Haha...my career is shaving dogs asses (dog groomer). Writing is more of a hobby for me. Although I wouldn't mind switching them and write full time and shave a dog here and there. :)
Candie and Michelle: Awww. I'm sure the furries appreciate you taking care of them. Is it hard to juggle having a family and being a writer at the same time? How do you do it?
J.S. Wilsoncroft: No, not really. I don't write everyday. When I do get motivated to write, it's usually in the evening when my kids are in bed. Once in awhile a story idea will really grab me and then there is no stopping. That's when the hubby has to cook and clean. LOL
Candie and Michelle: That's nice he steps in to give you time to write. :) Who has been your biggest supporter in your career so far?
J.S. Wilsoncroft: I am truly blessed to say that I have a whole list of people who support me. My hubby, kids, my father, sister, many relatives and many many friends. I even have customers, whom I groom their dogs that are huge supporters.
Candie and Michelle: So glad you have that great support system. What was the hardest part in getting your writing career started?
J.S. Wilsoncroft: I'm still struggling to get my name 'out there'.
Candie and Michelle: I hope our site is able to help you get your name out there more. For those who haven’t read your books yet how would you describe your writing style?
J.S. Wilsoncroft: Like every author, we put a little of ourselves in our books. Each of my books has a little of my personality in them. For example, My Haunting Love is about a sixteen year old deaf girl who falls in love with a ghost. I am partially deaf and I am a ghost hunter.
Candie and Michelle: I definitely agree with that statement. Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
J.S. Wilsoncroft: Haha....names. Naming my characters has always been a major issue with me. I am always afraid of using someone's name. But I guess with the billions of people on this planet I guess it's bound to happen. Writing blurbs sucks a** too. LOL Trying to write a fifty-five thousand word count story into two paragraphs....I get a headache just thinking about it.
Candie and Michelle: Names can certainly be tricky. I know I spend a lot of time on mine as well. What is something you do to overcome writer’s block?
J.S. Wilsoncroft: Read!! Read!! Read!!
Candie and Michelle: Good Advice. If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?
J.S. Wilsoncroft: WOW!! It's a toss up between Stephenie Meyer and Danielle Steel.
Candie and Michelle: Both of those authors are AMAZING. If you could have been the original author of any book, what would it have been and why?
J.S. Wilsoncroft: Hmmm....I would say any of Dr. Suess's books. It would thrill me to know that at least one child is laughing over my story every night.
Candie and Michelle: Good choice. My son LOVES Dr. Suess. Out of all the books you have written so far which has been your favorite one to write?
J.S. Wilsoncroft: hmmmm....that is like asking me which of my children is my favorite. Each of my books is special to me. They are all completely different stories with real emotions. I cried a few times while writing each of them.
Candie and Michelle: I know what you mean. As a whole which character has been your favorite “good guy” to write about? Who has been your favorite villain?
J.S. Wilsoncroft: Bart Thomas in The Unfaithful Widow was my favorite character to write about. He reminds me a lot of my father, bubbly, funny and full of life. I just had so much fun writing him. Villian? Hmmm.....that would be Ceanna in Roller Coaster Love (coming out sometime this year). Ceanna Lynn is a nasty little thing who tries to poison one of the main characters.
Here is a little tidbit though....the name Ceanna Lynn was the name I had picked out for my first child if it were to be a girl. But I had a bouncing baby boy and named him after my father, James. When I got pregnant with my second child and found out it was a girl, I no longer liked the name Ceanna and ended up naming her Kimberly. Go figure. I always liked the name Ceanna so I decided to use the name in my book.
Candie and Michelle: Very interesting. Can't wait for Roller Coaster Love to come out. Out of all your books do you feel like there is a particular character you relate to the most?
J.S. Wilsoncroft: Yes, Amie Wilson in Roller Coaster Love is a lot like me. She is hearing impaired and grooms dogs.
Candie and Michelle: Awesome. :) Is there anywhere that you have traveled to that has inspired you to use it in one of your upcoming books?
J.S. Wilsoncroft: Sadly, no. I don't get away much.
Candie and Michelle: Author signing in Rome, Ga? ;) What book are you reading now?
J.S. Wilsoncroft: Vampire Shift by Tim O'Rourke
Candie and Michelle: Will have to check that out. Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?
J.S. Wilsoncroft: I am thrilled to read Becca Boucher's book Midnight Raven next.
Candie and Michelle: Will check her out too. What advice would you give to your younger self?
J.S. Wilsoncroft: To not cheat on writing term papers and to write down every thought and story ideas you ever have.
Candie and Michelle: Good advice. What advice do you give to other aspiring authors?
J.S. Wilsoncroft: Keep writing!! Don't ever ever give up. You will get rejected. You will get one stars and bad ratings, but that is part of this job. Keep your head up high and your fingers on the keyboards and never let your imagination go to mush.
Candie and Michelle: Also great advice. Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
J.S. Wilsoncroft: You are all AWESOMESAUCE!!! And thank you for supporting me.
Candie and Michelle: How can readers discover more about you and you work?
Amazon Author Page:
The Unfaithful Widow
My Haunting Love
Goodreads: J.S. Wilsoncroft
Thank you so much Jamie for taking the time to sit down with us. We both feel blessed to be featuring you this month.
-Candie and Michelle