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Me: Tell me about an experience that had a profound impact on your life.

Jessica: Becoming a mother had the biggest impact on my life. Unlike with a pet, you cannot keep a child in a cage, aquarium, or kennel. And it was no longer in my stomach where I simply had to keep myself healthy in order to keep my child healthy. I was responsible for another life. I’d already made some changes during my pregnancy, but when my child was born, it became the most important person in my life. And a few years later, I had another. I love my children so much, and wouldn’t trade them for anything. (Even during the moments when they are not getting along.)


Me: What personality trait of yours helps you most as an author?

Jessica:  Being an author is not easy, regardless of how you are published. It requires a lot of time and dedication, not only with writing and editing your book, but also with finding readers and all the other social media requirements. My patience definitely helps me get through each day. As authors, we must wait to hear back from beta readers, editors, publishers, and reviewers about their thoughts on our stories. Another thing we must wait for is time to write. Most authors have dedicated writing time, but there are always interruptions, and we must be patient during those times. Also, inspiration doesn’t always strike during writing time. Thank goodness for note taking apps and simple pen and paper for the ability to write things down during those moments.

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Me: What personality trait of yours hinders you most as an author?

Jessica:  I am easily distracted. I have a hard time focusing on writing my stories when I know I have something else to do. I try to get all the other tasks completed earlier in the day so I can focus on my writing without those other obligations looming over me. Sometimes it works, but not all the time.


Me: What was your high point as a writer—a time when you were happiest, on cloud nine, flying high? What happened?

Jessica:  I cannot chose one moment. Of course, when I received my first contract offer from my publisher, I was super excited, but other moments since then have made me extremely happy. I love receiving good reviews and personal messages from my readers. Going to book signings and meeting readers face-to-face were fabulous author moments for me. Meeting other authors who I adore and respect is thrilling, as it being invited to participate in events and anthologies with them.


Me: What was your low point as a writer—a time when questioned your path as a writer, a time when you felt really crappy about your writing? What happened? How did you get over it?

Jessica:  As an author, our stories are constantly critiqued throughout our career. It’s part of the industry. I understand and accept that. Most of the negative reviews I’ve received shine the light on areas of the particular story that could be improved. And I love those reviews. It gives me areas to work on for future stories, and also for that particular story if I get the chance to revise it. I did that with Made For Her when I re-released it. But, I received one review for another story that got under my skin. Yes, I learned some things from parts of the review, but other parts made assumptions about me that were simply untrue. It took me a couple days to move past that review, but I kept writing. I had to.


Me: Which of your characters are you most like? Why?

Jessica: There are pieces of my personality in every single character I write. Some more than others. Yet, none of them are exactly like me. I would have to say I am most like Vilarra from Gib and the Tibbar, which is a Galactic Defenders story that will be in the Pets in Space 2 anthology. She is strong-willed, but quiet when she needs to be. She believes in what is right for everyone and gets upset when she sees injustices. She is also very loyal and lets only a few into her closest circle.


Me: How many books have you written? How long does it typically take you to write a book? What’s the most painful part of the writing process for you?

Jessica: I have 28 published titles, not including those in anthologies and box sets. They range in length from 7k to 36k words. There is no set amount of time for me. It all depends on the month of the year. Some months I have more time to write, while others (June to August), I don’t have as much. The longer stories take me more time to plot out and develop the characters, so they can take two to five months depending on what else I have going on with my family and more. The most painful part of the process is sitting my butt down to write the first draft. I love plotting, editing, revising, formatting, uploading, and more.


Me: What is a story your family always tells about you?

Jessica: My family likes to tell the story about how I passed out at my grandmother’s wedding. A widow, she was getting married to a man who I’d known for many years. I was in elementary school at the time, and had already experienced periods of vasovagal syncope. In the process of many tests with specialists to figure out my triggers, I didn’t expect it to be an issue on a cold February day. But, during the ceremony, I could feel it coming on. I told the maid of honor, and she told me not to worry. I don’t remember the next part, but I’m told I handed the maid of honor my flowers and crumpled to the ground. It was quite embarrassing, but everyone laughed it off, and my grandmother told the story all the time.


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Me: Tell us about your sci-fi romance, Jager (Galactic Defenders #2)


Jager’s new squad of Defenders has completed training, but the spoiled princess who has grated on his nerves since her first day of training is called back to Hemera for a yearly celebration. When Princess Katrina doesn’t show up, Jager must find her and drag her home, where he wishes she would stay.

Katrina is a Defender, not a princess. And there is no way she wants to return to a planet she hates for some stupid ceremony. Not when she could be out killing Erebus with her squad.

But when a new enemy threatens both their lives, they must work together to survive.


Me: Share with us a favorite paragraph or two from your newest release. Why do you love this paragraph? What makes it special to you?


He spotted her leaning against the fence surrounding the forest, chatting with Jace, a Mingot, and a seventh-year Defender like him. His competition. They both had new squads and had to prove to the Alliance they were ready to go on missions. The new Zulu squad had already aided Echo on a humanitarian mission in the Tuey system. Probably because Katrina shared information about the drills with Jace so his team would perform better. Each drill was supposed to be different, but Jager couldn’t be sure. Katrina would do anything for the Defender who had helped saved her father when the Alliance had turned their back on him. How he wished he’d been sent instead.

No. He didn’t like Katrina. He didn’t like her fraternizing with Jace, the only Mingot he knew with hair. Perfect hair some Defenders swooned over. And he definitely didn’t like what the guy did with Katrina behind closed doors. Naf and Oflan could shove it up their asses if they believed him to be jealous of the other Defender. Because he wasn’t. Jace belonged to a different squad, and Jager wanted to keep his own squad focused without having to deal with the drama of relationships. Maybe if Katrina hung around with her own squad, they could work well together for a change. Some of her skill could rub off on the rest. Who was he kidding? The other three were hopeless.

This is one of my favorite parts of Jager, as he is trying so hard to deny his feelings for Katrina. Also, he is overwhelmed by his squad. It shows his vulnerability and his state of mind at the beginning of the story.

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59 comments to “Author on the Couch: Jessica E. Subject”

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  1. Colleen C. - July 17, 2017 Reply

    Enjoyed reading the interview

  2. Robin Thompson - July 17, 2017 Reply

    Loved the first Pets in Space and I am really looking forward it the next one! It allowed me to catch up on some of my favorite characters, present company included.

    • Jessica E Subject - July 17, 2017 Reply

      Thank you so much, Robin! I really enjoyed the stories in the first Pets in Space, too. I was so excited to be part of the second.

  3. Jeffrey - July 16, 2017 Reply

    You have such a cool surname. May I ask about its lineage?

  4. lori byrd - July 16, 2017 Reply

    Great interview. Thank you

  5. Rebecca Berland - July 16, 2017 Reply

    I met a man 11 years ago and seven years ago we had the most beautiful baby boy. Two years before we had our son, I miscarried at 4.5 months, it was horrible physical and psychologically. But then we had our son. Right after we had our son, I noticed a change in him, he was smoking crack. Five years ago in the end of October, I threw him out snd a warrant was put out for him for assaulting me in front of our 2 year old son. He didn’t wind up going to jail, but I was granted sole lehal and physical custody. He never wanted our son, my son, but I have no other children. He has had no contact with my son in almost a year. If it wasn’t for my sweet boy, I’d regret the relationship. Our life was a lie, but I’m glad my son is safe. Take the good from the bad , snd if that bastard ever wanted to get sober, I’ll help him. I have love for him because he is the father of my son, but I don’t love jim and haven’t in about 7 years.

    • Jessica E Subject - July 16, 2017 Reply

      Best to stay out of a bad relationship, and I’m glad your son is not exposed to that influence.

  6. Sarah - July 16, 2017 Reply

    Such a great interview. Your kids are lucky to have you 😁

  7. patty curry - July 16, 2017 Reply

    Thank you for the chance !

  8. April K - July 16, 2017 Reply

    Interesting interview. I also have had problems with vasovagal syncope. It’s a scary feeling for sure!

    • Jessica E Subject - July 16, 2017 Reply

      Thank you, April! Yes, indeed. The good thing is that I’m at the point where it can be controlled. At least for me. I hope it never gets to the point where I can’t control it, like when I was going through puberty.

  9. Michelle Catallo - July 16, 2017 Reply

    I tend to be easily distracted with what I need to be doing next; always on the go, go, go and never one to be able to sit down and actually relax. Three kids, two jobs, two dogs, a cat and trying to always win sweepstakes/giveaways means my mind tires me 😉 Love your interview; wonderfully pointed questions.

    • Jessica E Subject - July 16, 2017 Reply

      Thank you, Michelle! I’ve gotten to the point that I have to stop doing what’s important. Today my main goals were to clip the dog’s toe nails, do laundry, and backup my laptop. I’m in the middle of doing the last. By giving myself goals, I find it easier to get things done. But some days I forget to do that. 😉

  10. Kimberly B Miller - July 15, 2017 Reply

    I used to faint too as a child.

    • Jessica E Subject - July 15, 2017 Reply

      Oh, I hope you have outgrown it, or learned to deal with it. I don’t faint the way I used to, but I do have to watch that I eat properly and often enough.

  11. Mary Preston - July 14, 2017 Reply

    I enjoyed reading through the post thank you.

  12. Susanti - July 13, 2017 Reply

    These interview answers are so fun to read 😍 i can tell you’re an amazing mother and a dedicated author 😊
    Sometimes I also have a hard time studying bcs of you know distractions 😂😂

    • Jessica E Subject - July 13, 2017 Reply

      Thank you, Susanti! It’s hard to be both at the same time, but I try. I totally get it. The funny thing is in university, I couldn’t study without background noise. LOL

  13. Katrina Dehart - July 13, 2017 Reply

    Nice to get to know you today 😃

  14. Darlene Comeaux - July 13, 2017 Reply

    Keep those great books coming!

  15. bn100 - July 13, 2017 Reply

    interesting answers

  16. Maria Dalmau - July 13, 2017 Reply

    Thanks for such an amazing interview, and for your willingness to let in to parts of your life.
    I love your work.

  17. Joy Giachino - July 13, 2017 Reply

    Greatly enjoy your work , just recently introduced to you.

  18. Rachael Clemons - July 13, 2017 Reply

    thanks for being here.

  19. carissa - July 13, 2017 Reply

    great interview

  20. Michelle Ayers - July 13, 2017 Reply

    I think I’m easily distracted too!

  21. Richard Brandt - July 13, 2017 Reply

    Distraction is my great failing too – it always seems there’s so !much to do that to concentration one at a to e is simply wasteful.

    • Jessica E Subject - July 13, 2017 Reply

      Yes, always so much to do, but if I don’t take the time to concentrate on one thing, I get nothing done. LOL

  22. Cindy Merrill - July 13, 2017 Reply

    Being homeless at age 19 had a profound impact on my life, making me far less frivolous and more survival minded. Even now at age 55, I’m always questioning a purchase, trying to justify it with a reasonable explanation. Household needs come first. I find that I rarely indulge myself.

  23. Haley Scully - July 13, 2017 Reply

    That was a great interview! It was really interesting to read about your writing process, and different points of your writing career. I’ll definitely have to read some of your books; they sound great!

    • Jessica E Subject - July 13, 2017 Reply

      Thank you so much, Haley! Because this industry is always changing, not only with technology, but also with reader interest changing, there is always something new to learn or happening. 🙂

  24. Gabrielly - July 13, 2017 Reply

    I liked reading about you.

  25. Jackie Wisherd - July 13, 2017 Reply

    Enjoyed reading the blog today.

  26. Jodi Hunter - July 13, 2017 Reply

    I loved reading about you, thanks.

  27. Paula - July 13, 2017 Reply

    I think it’s inspiring that you have managed to write despite being easily distracted.

    • Jessica E Subject - July 13, 2017 Reply

      Thank you, Paula! It surprises me that I can get anything done some days. Today is one of those days where I’m easily distracted even though I have a lot to do. 😉

  28. Audrey Stewart - July 13, 2017 Reply

    Thank you to this blog for the intro to Jessica and her work. I always love meeting new authors. I look forward to reading her work. 28 published titles, and I just met you? I better get busy.

    • Jessica E Subject - July 13, 2017 Reply

      It’s always great for me to meet new readers, too. 🙂 Though, I will say, there are a great deal of authors I haven’t read yet either. I wish I could read every minute of every day, but unfortunately, there are bills to pay, and I need money to buy more books, too. 🙂

  29. Snarky Mom Michelle - July 13, 2017 Reply

    Jessica, thanks for your openness about your writing process and highs/lows. Loved your comments about having kids is harder than pets – we always say that fish would have been MUCH easier!

    • Jessica E Subject - July 13, 2017 Reply

      Thanks for visiting me, Michelle! Yes, I can still lock the pets in a cage. Not so with children. 😉

  30. Jessica E Subject - July 13, 2017 Reply

    Thank you so much for having me over! 🙂

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