I’m delighted to welcome Jessica Gilmore to Jera’s Jamboree today.
After learning to read aged just two, Jessica spent every childhood party hiding in bedrooms in case the birthday girl had a book or two she hadn’t read yet. Discovering Mills and Boon on a family holiday Jessica realised that romance writing was her true vocation and proceeded to spend her maths lessons practising her art, creating Dynasty inspired series starring herself and Morton Harket’s cheekbones. Writing for Mills and Boon really is a dream come true!
An ex au pair, bookseller, marketing manager and Scarborough seafront trader selling rock from under a sign that said ‘Cheapest on the Front’, Jessica now works as a Membership Manager for a regional environmental charity. Sadly she spends most of her time chained to her desk wrestling with databases but likes to sneak out to one of their beautiful reserves whenever she gets a chance. Married to an extremely patient man, Jessica lives in the beautiful and historic city of York with one daughter, one very fluffy dog, two dog-loathing cats and a goldfish called Bob.
On the rare occasions that she is not writing, working, taking her daughter to activities or tweeting, Jessica likes to plan holidays – and uses her favourite locations in her books. She writes deeply emotional romance with a hint of humour, a splash of sunshine and usually a great deal of delicious food – and equally delicious heroes.
In my head I have a perfect writing place. It varies depending on my mood, sometimes it’s a cottage by the sea, chintzy and cosy with a large range cooker and freshly baked scones cooling on a rack. Other times it’s a book-lined flat overlooking the river here in York; white walls, large abstract paintings and, best of all, solitude. No children, husbands, dog or cats, dearly as I love them.
One day I may own the perfect writing place but, as a working mother, dedicated writing time or space is a luxury I just don’t have. The Return of Mrs Jones was written as and when I could grab a few moments; in the gym, ballet school waiting room, the local library, in my car, in bed, on the train, with sleeping dogs, cats or children cuddled in close so I can only type one handed. On holiday, weekends, evenings, lunchtimes – any time but early mornings, much as I long to be the organised type who gets up at 6am to get 1000 words in before the day starts I’m just not that disciplined!
Writing this way isn’t ideal. It’s not great for your back, it can be too cold or too hot and blocking out the TV, gossipy parents, bored toddlers and, my personal bete noir, children playing on their phones/Nintendos/iPads with the sound turned up, is challenging. But, when you’re starting out, finding the perfect place and time to write means you may never actually write at all.
And then something miraculous happens. After a few moments it all slips away, I forget that I’m sat on a chair designed for a five year old or that the steering wheel is jabbing into my side, the noise fades to a distant hum and I’m there, in a harbourside village in Cornwall, watching two people reconnecting, exploring their shared past and falling in love again.
That’s the magic of being a writer, the ability to lose myself into an imaginary world. I loved the time I spent getting to know Jonas and Lawrie wherever and whenever that time was. I hope you do too.
I think you would call that being in the flow – Zen 🙂
Publishing 1st April 2014
The woman he never forgot…
Of all the places, Lawrie didn’t expect to be celebrating her thirtieth birthday in the seaside town where she grew up. And she certainly didn’t expect to be celebrating it with her estranged husband, Jonas Jones…. But life is full of surprises. His devastating smile and edgy good looks still have the power to send her heart racing!
Seeing Lawrie again intrigues Jonas—while he hasn’t forgiven her, he can’t say he’s forgotten her, either. And while they may not be teenagers anymore, there’s no denying the sparks that still fly between them….
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