Jade Assante

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I grew up as an Army brat, never staying too long in one place. Now that I'm a mother of three, I've finally sprouted roots, and made my home in Arizona. When I'm not busy raising my little hellions, I spend time blogging about concerns such as clean water (water.org), or about putting an end to modern slavery (freetheslaves.net). I also enjoy writing and painting, though I often like to engage in tickling combats against those who would dare gang up on their mommy. Viva la resistance!

Q. How old were you when you began to write stories?

A. I was in my teens. I used to write graphic novels, but then my mom found my comics, tore them up, and told me that girls shouldn't write things of that nature. As I got older, I realized that you should never give up on your dreams, or what makes you happy to the core.


Q. Did you always want to be a writer?

A. No. I fancied I'd grow up to be like Indiana Jones. Then, after I got my degree, I realized just how boring it was to be covered in dirt, working under the hot sun all day. Not my cup of tea, and it was never as exciting as the movies made it seem.


Q. How long does it take you to write a book?

A. If it's a story I'm emotionally invested in, it can take about four to six weeks. It's almost like getting to know someone really well, and wanting what's best for them. So it takes time to establish a story that works with the characters you've created.


Q. Can you describe your writing process on how to create a book?

A. I'm kind of weird about it. I have journals all around the house, so I can jot down thoughts that I may have at any given moment. I can get up in the middle of the night, and jot something down, coming back to it later in the morning when my head is clear, and composing those ideas into something that will eventually become a story.


Q. Do you ever use your own experiences in your books?

A. Oddly enough, I do on some of my stories. I think some of the best writers manage to entwine things they've experienced in their life into their novels. It helps to make a book richer.


Q. What do you like reading in your spare time?

A. Historical novels. I'm a history junkie.


Q. Who are your favorite authors?

A. That's a toss-up between Mark Twain and Gabriel Garcia Marquez. Mark Twain wrote this humorous book, 1609, which was considered quite scandalous during its time. Marquez has this wonderful way of creating these amazing love stories that you can easily get wrapped up into. They're both amazing writers in their own rights.

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