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Talking with author Jessica Jefferson
Can you tell us a little about yourself?
I write historical romance. I’ll read most anything, but love writing regency. I make my home in north-central Indiana. I used to live a lot closer to Chicago, and I’m still a little traumatized from the move (it’s only been ten years). I like to think that I live in “almost Chicago”, but in all reality I’m closer to Ohio than Illinois. I used to work two full time jobs – one in healthcare, the other as mother to two girls – ages 8 and 3. Now, I’m a full time writer and mother, with a dab of healthcare here and there.
What is your book(s) about?
Taming Miss Tisdale is book two in the Regency Blooms series. It’s about Miss Tamsin Tisdale, a fiery hoyden who is sent away from London till she can, in a sense, be ‘tamed’. While in the country, she meets Mr. Marc Winston—a gentleman she believes to be genuine and nothing like the Society men she’s used to. Only, Marc isn’t the honest man she thinks he is. His secrets not only jeopardize his relationship with Tamsin, but his place in Society as well.
What are you currently working on?
I’m currently writing the third book in the series, Chasing Miss Tisdale. It’s about another Tisdale sister (there are four). She’s the ugly duckly and falls in love with an unattainable man. It’s probably my favorite in the series ( I say that with all the books).
What do you do when you’re not writing?
I’m a big camper. We recently purchased an RV, so I’m not too sure it’s still considered camping. My family just loves the outdoors. Maybe not the eight year old, but I’m sure she’ll grow into it.
What was the hardest part of writing your book(s)?
Probably the actual writing of my books. I have two children, 3 and 8. When I started my first book, I was working full time at a hospital and had just returned to college to obtain another degree. Somehow, I managed to write a book, but it wasn’t easy.
If you could sit down with any author dead or alive who would it be?
Maybe Kathleen Woodiwiss? She’s the queen of historical romance and I’d just like to know how she managed to accomplish all that she did.
If you write a series do you reread your previous books before you begin the new one?
I hate reading my books again, so no. After the editing process, I don’t touch them again. It’s a bit like hearing your voice on voicemail – I’m always like, “was that really me?”
Is there anything you wish to say to your readers?
Just to let me know their thoughts. I love hearing from the readers and really take their comments to heart.
When writing, how do you keep track of timelines, ideas, inspiration and such? By notes on the computer, a notebook perhaps?
I have a binder that holds all the information I need to survive in the writing world. If there’s ever a fire, I’m saving my children, husband, dog…and that book.
I’m always looking for book recommendations. What books have you been reading? Would you recommend them?
I love Violetta Rand. She has a Viking series from Soul Mate Publishing and will be having a New Adult series come out from Random House, Loveswept. Good stuff.
I really enjoy Jennifer McQuiston – she writes historical romance, but has done a really good job of creating funny books in settings outside of London.
Taming Miss Tisdale by Jessica Jefferson
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Miss Tamsin Tisdale believes herself to be completely unsuitable for London life. After a myriad of social mishaps, and the potential ruination of her family name, she’s shipped away to her cousin’s northern estate. Only after she comes to her senses will she be welcomed home.
Marcus Winston, the Duke of Grayson, has a lackluster reputation. The last in a dying line, he’s endured a protected life—rank with privilege, encumbered by isolation. After a brief encounter with rebellion, he learns the devastating consequences of his carelessness and willingly accepts living life from inside his gilded cage.
However, a chance meeting with the brazen Miss Tisdale gives Marc the opportunity to reinvent himself into the man he’s always dreamed of being. When his deception comes to light, and ghosts from both their pasts threaten to unravel the intimacy they’ve come to cherish, will either of them set their fears aside long enough to embrace love? Or will Miss Tisdale’s stubbornness divide them?
Jason looked bored. “Get to the important part, Grayson. Was she beautiful?”
Again, Marc was ill-prepared to answer such a question. Taken individually, that large mouth, those plump pink lips, her long nose, red hair, and freckled skin—nothing about her was spectacular by any means. But together, all those odd pieces and parts, which seemed so ordinary at first glance, fit together to form the picture of a particularly stunning woman.
“Yes,” he answered quite simply. No need to give Jason any more fodder for discussion by rambling on like some sort of awful poet.
Jason grinned from ear to ear. “Well, that is quite eventful, indeed.” He swept a crumb off his jacket sleeve. “Does this original have a name?”
Marc stopped suddenly, his coffee halfway to his lips. “Name?”
Jason laughed. “Yes, her name. This unique creature has to have a name. Diana? Aphrodite? Venus, perhaps?” Then Jason stopped laughing as realization spread over his face like a mordant rash. “You don’t know her bloody name, do you?”
Marc set his cup down on the table and stared at it. “She never volunteered the information and I never bothered to ask.”
About the Author
Jessica Jefferson makes her home in northern Indiana, or as she likes to think of it—almost Chicago. She is heavily inspired by classic sweeping, historical romance novels, but aims to take those key emotional elements and inject a fresh blend of quick dialogue and comedy. She invites you to visit her at jessicajefferson.com and read more of her random romance musings.
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