Jessica Stevens

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Jessica Stevens was born in Northern Ireland and moved to London a few weeks after, where she grew up with her parents and siblings. As a child, she was always writing songs and poems, so it was only natural that Jessica should find her feet in writing Romance. Jessica now lives in Bedfordshire with her husband, their three children and their dog. Much of her working week is spent cooking and looking after their three small children and the family dog. She has been known to mull over storylines all day and sometimes feels she is only ever half listening to conversations, making time to write when her toddler takes a nap or at night when all three children are in bed. At weekends, she tries to spend as much quality time with her family and can often be found roaming the woods and other open spaces, desperately trying to run off some of her boy's endless energy, much to the objection of her growing-up-way-too-fast daughter.

Jessica also has a love for music and can play the piano, though she will tell you that she isn’t very good. You might have guessed from that, Jessica is her worst critic and she will tell you that is what motivates her to try harder to achieve her goals. She is also very talented at knitting, crocheting, and sewing, and is keen to pass on these skills to her daughter so the art does not die out completely. As if that doesn’t make her busy enough, Jessica also loves to take photographs, particularly of flowers and woods.

“There is something magical about capturing the sun rays as it struggles to penetrate the woods, creating that misty blur of condensation, or seeing dew drops on bluebells.”

When things get a little tough, you will find Jessica tending to her various plants, vegetables, and herbs growing in her garden.

“There is nothing more relaxing than taking a wonder around the plants you have grown from seeds, especially on those days when it feels like you have achieved nothing. Right in front of you are living things grown by my children and I for us to eat and enjoy. Their fragrant smells and colours lift my mood instantly.”

Jessica doesn’t know where the future will lead her, but is set on making each day count, and living for the moment.

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Q: What is your favorite beverage?

A:  I love a cup of tea. I have to have tea! Earl Grey, Lady Grey, Afternoon tea and English Breakfast. Red wine in the evenings sometimes too. Hardy’s Shiraz or Cab Sav is my favourite.

Q: What's your least favorite chore?

A: That has to be cleaning the toilet. Hate it!! Love it when it is done though.

Q: What did you do before you were an author?

A: I was an at home mum. Before that, I worked for a mobile phone company in their head office, handling High Level Complaints and Quality and Training. Not sure I could go back to working in an office though, especially on sunny days.

Q: Where is your sanctuary?

A: My back garden or my husband’s arms. The only two places I am at peace.

Q: What are your pet peeves?

A: Oh goodness. The list is long as I’m a bit fussy lol. I dislike dishonesty, this is the biggest for me. I cannot stand dog owners who do not clean up after their dogs and I really hate people who smoke right outside the entrance to a building so you have to breath in their poison. That really bugs me too. I have no problem with smokers, I used to be one, but just not right where others have no choice but to walk past you, especially with children. Getting off soap box now.

Q: Tell us about your first love.

A: That would be music. It always amazed me how words could be put together to portray a feeling, or story. Bet you thought I was going to talk about a boy, huh? I never kiss and tell.

Q: What is your writing day like?

A: Sometimes my day can start in the middle of the night. My toddler will wake for a feed and something will pop into my head and I cannot get back to sleep. It will mull over in my mind until I get the opportunity to write it down. Usually this isn’t until my toddler has a nap, although of late this has dramatically shortened in length, so it has to wait until the evening when all three children are in bed. Then I type and it all just flows through my fingers. I can write anything between 1-3 thousand in an hour. I don’t have a strict routine, my children have to come first. However I do fantasize about an office type writing place and being able to write more when all my children are in school. But that is a few years off yet so I won’t focus on that too much.

I don’t write with noise. It has to be silent so I can hear my characters properly. I have written the wrong thing once or twice and they stopped talking to me. Not good! I do however have to write by a window. Sometimes I can see what I am supposed to write played out in the reflection of the glass. I guess it is fair to say that I am not a plotter or a planner. Inspiration will strike and I just go with the characters. I take each day as it comes and try not to get so stressed about it.

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