Guest Blog: Jess Anastasi
I’d like to welcome Jess Anastasi as part of the Noble Romance Authors “Timeless Desire” blog tour. Take it away, Jess…
Do you have any unusual writing rituals?
I always tend to need something to snack in with me when I sit down to write. Considering how much time I spend writing, this could become a very unhealthy occupation! For some reason, when my brain is working, I need to eat, I don’t know if that brain power is using calories or something. But I try to eat stuff that’s not too bad health-wise like rice biscuits or celery. Though I find myself eating chocolate a lot more often than I should…
What was your ideal career when you were a child?
Mostly I remember having absolutely no idea what I wanted to do with myself, even toward the end of high school when my friends were making big decisions about which university they were going to and what career they would pick. I didn’t apply for university, I just figured I’d work something out eventually (lucky my parents were so laid back about that) and then it was actually the year after I left high school that I sat down to write my first book.
How do you get yourself in the mood to write?
A lot of other authors find this a bit odd, but I’ve literally had to learn how to turn my writing brain on and off like a switch. Its not about being in the mood, it’s about when I have time. My parents own a business and I try to help them out when I can. I have 2 toddlers at home, so being a mom takes up a lot of time. I have to do all the usual mommy things like cooking, washing and cleaning (and cleaning, and more cleaning. And cleaning something five seconds after I just cleaned it because the kids walked past and messed it up again). My writing comes after all that, so when I find an hour to myself, I have to get into it right away. Every second I get needs to be used!
What’s the best writing tip you’ve ever been given?
To avoid using ‘was’ at all cost! Okay, the occasional ‘was’ isn’t going to matter, but I used to litter them all through my work. Like, twenty a page. Seriously, it was that bad. I’ve since learned that using ‘was’ can create passive writing, is usually an indication that I’m telling, not showing. Plus, if you take out was and use more words to expand on what you were trying to say with that one word, it can make for more in-depth writing.
What’s been your biggest writing challenge? How did it turn out?
I don’t know that you could technically call it a writing challenge, but trying to get an agent comes to mind straight away. And I don’t know how its going to turn out because I still haven’t managed to get one yet!
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Cadmiel, the Angel of Destiny, knows better than anyone what a bitch fate can be. Five hundred years ago, the only woman he ever loved was killed, shredding his soul and leaving a void in place of his heart. Now Archangel Michael comes to him with a shocking and forbidden proposal. He wants Cadmiel to travel back in time and save Emilyn. Though Cadmiel wishes beyond all reasoning to do as the archangel asks, messing with time goes against his own beliefs and the very foundations of angel lore. But Michael doesn’t give Cadmiel a choice and thrusts him through time and space, back to 2012.
The first time Emilyn saw the gorgeous man, she was affected on a level she couldn’t comprehend. Cadmiel isn’t like any other guy she’s ever met, and he makes her wish love at first sight were true. But there are forces at work she never dreamed real. In the space of a day, she goes from normal, every-day college student, to a pawn in an apocalyptic war between angels and demons.
Emilyn’s very life is in Cadmiel’s hands. Will he risk the future of the entire universe to save her, or let her die and destroy himself in the process?
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Jess has been making up stories ever since she can remember. Though her messy handwriting made it hard for anyone else to read them, she wasn’t deterred and now she gets to make up stories for a living. She loves loud music, dumb movies, and a good book on a rainy day. Jess lives in regional Victoria, Australia with her very supportive husband, two kids, one spoiled border collie, and one seriously crazy cat.
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