Jessica Angelique [jessicaangelique]
What did you first read? How did you begin to write? Who were the first to read what you wrote?
The First book that I ever read was "Where The Wild Things Are". I began writing at a very early age. I would write down my thoughts, and feelings, and that took me into journal writing as a young adult. My children were the first ones to read any of my writing.
What is your favorite genre? Can you provide a link to a site where we can read some of your work or learn something about it?
My favorite genre is Non-Fiction. http://www.eloquentbooks.com/theroadtome.html
What is your creative process like? What happens before sitting down to write?
I like quiet places. I've been known to take my laptop to the park, on a trail, or to the library. If I'm at home I always pour myself a glass of red wine, and I listen to jazz. My favorite jazz artist to listen to, when I write, is George Howard.
What type of reading inspires you to write?
Reading actually doesn't inspire me to write. Life is what inspires me to write.
What do you think are the basic ingredients of a story?
Truth, honesty, realism, a good hook, a fantastic story line and of course, good writing.
What voice do you find most to your liking: first person or third person?
What well known writers do you admire most?
Maya Angelou, Eli Wiesel, Toni Morrison, John Steinbeck
Are you equally good at telling stories orally?
Deep down inside, who do you write for?
The child within and the woman emerging.
Is writing a form of personal therapy? Are internal conflicts a creative force?
Writing is always a form of therapy and it is true for me.
Does reader feed-back help you?
Do you believe you have already found "your voice" or is that something one is always searching for?
I have found it.
What sites do you frequent on-line to share experiences or information?
Twitter and my blog. http://jessicaangelique.blogspot.com and http://www.twitter.com/jesicaangelique
What do you recommend I do with all those things I wrote years ago but have never been able to bring myself to show anyone?
"You must do the thing which you think you cannot do"-Eleanor Roosevelt