I love to find out what makes authors tick, both as people and as writers. Today, author Jessica Kate tells us more about her writing and literally lets us take a peek at her bookshelf so that we can see how her reading has inspired her writing. Enjoy the interview and also check my review over at my other blog Uplifting Reads!
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Describe your book in 25 words or less.
To land her dream internship, a woman must nanny her ex-fiancé’s infant son and deal with his troubled teenage niece.
(I have five words left, so–) sassy, love/hate, comedy, drama.
If you could live in one of your book worlds, which one would you choose and why?
Well, my books are based in this world, so—done! In another fictional world?
Probably Narnia. Everyone wants to live in Narnia.
What inspires you the most as a writer?
Consuming content from other creatives that has all those romance, comedy and drama elements that I love. Doesn’t matter what form it comes in—sci fi, action, rom com, whatever.
Also, the real-life drama of interpersonal relationships and our relationship with God. There’s just so much to explore there! We humans are weird creatures, and the more I experience of life the more I think ‘I need to write about this!’.
How have you grown as a writer?
Love and Other Mistakes was only the second manuscript I ever finished and I’ve worked on it on and off for about six years, so it represents a good 75% of my writing journey so far.
So, basically I went from knowing nothing, to getting published! 😊
Let’s say I’m coming to your area to visit. What are some must-see destinations?
The beach! Australia’s beaches (especially in Queensland) are among the best in the world. The Gold Coast also has some pretty fun theme parks and city attractions, right next to national parks and that gorgeous coastline.
Down south, the Great Ocean Road has a stunning rugged coastline that just re-inflates your soul. And the city of Melbourne has great food and culture.
If I am looking at your bookshelf, what will I see on it?
A weird mish-mash of genres!
Here’s a pic of my ‘favorites’ shelf. I love comedy, from romantic comedy to cozy mysteries—hence the Sally Thorne, Jenny B Jones and Janet Evanovich.
The Martian—basically ‘Castaway in space’—doesn’t sound like a funny book, but Andy Weir’s writing voice is actually funny as. I love both the book and movie.
I love both Peeta and Four in The Hunger Games and Divergent, so they both got a slot.
My Hands Came Away Red was an action-packed story with a taste of romance, and Christa Parrish’s Home Another Way was the epitome of complicated Christian relationships.
Each one has an ingredient that I ended up blending into Love and Other Mistakes—the comedy, fast-paced drama, a hero I love and complicated family dynamics.
Jessica Kate’s hilarious, romantic debut novel proves that some mistakes—including love—are begging to be made again and again.
Natalie Groves once had big dreams. But soon after her fiancé, Jeremy Walters, inexplicably broke off their engagement and left town, her father was diagnosed with cancer. Now tasked with keeping her family afloat, Natalie’s grand plans have evaporated . . . and God feels very far away.
Fast-forward seven years, and Jeremy is back in Charlottesville with an infant son and years of regrets. When his niece, Lili, lands on his doorstep in need of a place to stay, Jeremy needs help—and fast.
An internship opening finally presents Natalie a chance at her dream job, but she needs a second income to work around it—and the only offer available is Jeremy’s. They could be the solutions to one another’s problems, provided they don’t kill each other in the process. When they join forces, sparks fly. But they both know there’s a thin line between love and hate . . . and that love will turn out to be the best decision—or the biggest mistake—of all.
Praise for the Book
“A stunning debut . . . This tale of love and redemption will stay with you long after you’ve closed the book. A must-read.” —Rachel Hauck, New York Times bestselling author of The Wedding Dress
“Witty. Charming. Heartfelt. I could go on and on about Jessica Kate’s debut novel. From its highly relatable characters to its pitch-perfect dialogue, Love and Other Mistakes is a delightful, romantic read filled with just the right amount of sass. I lost count of the number of times I laughed out loud as I watched Natalie and Jem navigate their relationships, careers, and faith. Definitely one of the most enjoyable books I’ve read lately, and I can’t wait to see what’s next from Jessica Kate!” —Melissa Tagg, Carol Award–winning author of Now and Then and Always and the Walker Family series
“Love and Other Mistakes wraps a poignant and warm look at relationships within a smart, sly, and knowing comedic voice. Readers of Sally Thorne and Bethany Turner will be immediately at home with Natalie: an all-too-real heroine who balances whip-smart agency with an endearing vulnerability and whose intersection with long-lost Jeremy helps her forge a path to confidence and discover the woman she was always meant to be. Kate’s unputdownable debut recognizes that all human relationships—familial, friendship, romantic—are worth the keen eye and clever insight of her talented pen.” —Rachel McMillan, author of the Van Buren and DeLuca Mysteries
“If you’re looking for a story with sass on top of style, or a fresh voice pumped full of fun, you need to read Love and Other Mistakes. Then after you’ve enjoyed this—and I’m confident you will—make a date with whatever this exciting new author writes next!” —David Rawlings, author of The Baggage Handler
About the Author
Australian author Jessica Kate is obsessed with sassy romances.
She packs her novels with love, hate, and everything in between—and then nerds out over her favorite books, movies and TV in the StoryNerds podcast. When she’s not writing or discussing fiction, she’s hunting the world for the greatest pasta in existence.
Her debut novel Love and Other Mistakes releases July 2019, while A Girl’s Guide to the Outback hits shelves in January 2020.
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