Haha some days I’m still not sure I actually WANT to be a writer. I never set out to become one, it just kind of happened. I fell into writing and doors have kept opening. I’ve always been a bit of a storyteller so I guess this was inevitable.
2. Which writers inspire you?
f we’re talking famous authors I have to say greats like Bradbury and Edgar Rice Burroughs, Richard Smyth has earned his place in there as well. But when it comes to writers in general I am constantly inspired by all of the people I’ve had the pleasure of meeting and sharing with in the writing community. Most importantly Dash Crowley, we’ve come to inspire each other and that has improved my writing tenfold.
3. Do you write full time or part time?
Can I say both here? Haha My “day job” is tech writing for a local company, but when I’m not pumping out product descriptions or video scripts, I’m working on my novels, stories, and reaching out to readers.
4. What is the hardest thing about writing?
How can you pick one thing? Stopping is definitely a challenge for me. I get so wrapped up in my stories that it’s difficult to walk away and deal with real life. But there are a multitude of philosophical issues that taunt me as well. Sometime the art of writing can seem maddening. Pretending to be a god for fictional characters carries quite a burden.
5. Do you get writers’ block? How do you cope with it?
I almost wish I did get writer’s block. I suffer from the opposite ailment, rapid thought. I’m never without ideas and projects that I wish to finish which is a constant weight on my soul because I am a completionist.
6. Do you prefer e-books or Traditional books?
Like most writers, I of course crave the feel of a physical book. Just sliding my fingers over a page is enough to make me loath my kindle. haha
7. How did you come up with the title for the Embracing Entropy series?
OMG this is a GREAT question. I suck at titles. I mean really really bad. I was lucky with this one. I didn’t mean to write a series at all. When I sat down to start the first story it was supposed to be a 5k word short. But as it grew I knew I would need to name the entire work and I sat down to fiddle with words. Embracing Entropy ended up on my list and I knew it was perfect.
8. If you could have written any book – historical or current – which do you wish you could have created?
Oh this isn’t fair. I have a very deep belief that a writer’s work was meant to come from their hand. It would seem blasphemous to the gods of writing for me to say I wish that I had written someone else’s book. teehee
9. Do you have any tips for aspiring writers on getting published?
Grow, change, learn from others. Take advice and really make sure you hone your craft. Everyone is a writer now. We can all publish whatever we want with very little effort. But to take pride in your work, means you have to actually…WORK. haha
10. How can readers contact you or find out more about your work?
I’m all over twitter @jessmbaum and facebook www.facebook.com/jessicamariebaumgartner and there’s always my website: www.jessicamariebaumgartner.com. I always do my best to respond to my readers as quick as I can, so if you want to join in the shenanigans pop online and say hi.
Jessica is the author of: The Embracing Entropy Series, Siren’s Snare, Tale of Two Bookends, and My Family Is Different. Her stories have been featured in numerous publications such as Everyday Fiction, The Lorelei Signal, Fiction on the Web, The Horror Zine and many others. She is a member of the St. Louis Writer’s Guild and is always weaving new worlds in the webs of her tales. You can check her out at www.jessicamariebaumgartner.com.