Thursday, October 16, 2008

Q&A with Jessica Inclan.....and a giveaway!

Please give a warm welcome to Jessica Inclan, who's latest book, INTIMATE BEINGS, has just been released. Here's a little blurb:

Lately, Claire Edwards feels like she’s floundering. A ho-hum teaching job, a string of terrible dates, nights spent with only Netflix and bizarre dreams of spaceships for company…life isn’t working out the way she hoped. But Claire has an extraordinary secret ability—she can go anywhere at all, just by wishing it. And if the intensely attractive man who suddenly materializes in her car one day is any indication, Claire’s not the only one…Ever since Darl James learned of his true origins, he has been searching for his partner and life mate, the one whose gift will complement and complete his own. Now that he’s found Claire, he vows to never lose her again, or their soul-searing, sensual connection. But keeping her safe won’t be easy when they’ve been marked for destruction by an evil, power-hungry race. A fierce battle is brewing, one that will test Claire and Darl’s new bond to the limit, and decide the future of all their kind…

Now, sit back and meet the talented Jessica Inclan.....

When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?

When I was little, my mother worked in a library. I would spend most of my Saturdays there as well, reading while she worked. I thought that books were the most amazing things in the world. I couldn’t believe how neat it seemed that people could make up stories that kept my attention and interest. I moved on from children’s books to YA fiction, and loved the stories by Ruth M. Arthur (A Candle in my Room, My Daughter Nicola). I loved the Nancy Drew mysteries. Then I found Mary Stewart and romance writers and then just bust through to read everything. I ended up becoming an English major in college, and I always imagine it was those Saturdays at the Orinda library that helped me first a reader and then a writer.

Where do you get your information or ideas for your books?

My ideas just come to me, and I am SO thankful when they do. I sometimes get an image. For When You Believe, I had an image of a brooding, sexy man sitting at a bar. For Being With Him, I thought about how good couples compliment each other. Now, most of us don’t have amazing powers like moving time, but that general idea motivated me to write. My novel Walking With Her Daughter came from my waking up from a dream about a woman who was very sad. I had to figure out why she was so sad. So the idea can come from a theme or a plot idea or a character. Whatever way they come, though, I am happy.
Google is my very best friend in terms of research. I wish I could travel everywhere my characters do, but it’s a little expensive. I do interview people who have jobs that my characters have. Or I make calls to places where my characters are going. I once called a hotel in the town of Arnold, CA because one of my characters was headed up there. But when I can’t find what I want, I google! Thank goodness for it.

What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?

I think it’s that I write every day but not too long. I stick with the 300 words a day minimum but I do those 300 words on vacations—on houseboats, in airplanes, in tents, after having a pina colada! I write when I’m not feeling all that well or don’t feel like writing. My quirk is my discipline, but I also don’t feel I need to write 2,000 words a day, so the pressure is off there.

What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your books?

When researching When You Believe, I learned about quantum mechanics and theoretical physics (my people can move through time and space unlike us mere mortals). I learned that there is a possibility that we could all walk through a wall. Everything is made up of atoms and all the atoms are in the same field, so our bodies belong to the wall and the wall to us. So we could potentially move through it. I didn’t try it, though. I never really did understand science much!

What authors or friends influenced you in helping you become a writer?

Annie Lamott was one of my first fiction teachers, and she had the “300 words a day, in a year you have a novel” motto that has kept me going. And then the writing group I was in for years also supported me when I transitioned from poetry to short fiction to novels to romances. Without them, I would have been lost.

What does your family think about your career as a published author?

My mother is very proud, and goes to as many of my readings as she can. My sons are relatively used to it, though, and I don’t think pay too much attention to what I am doing all the time. My boyfriend is likewise proud, but falls asleep every time he starts to read one of my novels!

What’s coming up next for you writing wise?

The third in my second romance trilogy will be out October 2009. It will finish up the story that Being with Him and Intimate Beings set up. My agent is working with a couple of novels (not romances), and currently, I’m working on a book of essays based on what I’ve been blogging about for almost a year at It’s an exciting time!

Thanks, Jessica!

Everyone, get ready to ask Jessica some questions. Post away and one lucky winner will get a copy of WHEN YOU BELIEVE.


Crystal Adkins said...

HI Jessica! I love your cover, but how do you choose just the right one that fits so well with your books? Is it a lot of trial and error?

Jessica Barksdale Inclan said...

Well, I truly wish sometimes that I have a choice. Some authors do have cover approval in their contracts, and I have had that to a certain extent. I think that if I pitched a fit, my editor would change it.

However, I learned long ago that covers are huge marketing tools. With another publisher, I had a cover that actually didn't in any way match what my book was about at all. I thought it was a bit strange, but marketing is not my area of expertise.

I am just happy when the covers show some core element about the story (this one certainly does) and when I like to look at it. I think Intimate Beings is wild! I love her hair.

Thanks for asking.



Jane said...

I'm looking forward to reading your new trilogy.

Asylumgirl said...

Quantum mechanics and physics, was that any fun learning? LOL


Jessica Barksdale Inclan said...

Believe it or not, I loved learning about it. I kept thinking traffic would be easier if I could drive through the cars!


Cathy said...

Hi Jessica, I haven't started reading this series yet, but I think the storyline is one I would really enjoy.

What's the latest paranormal story that you read?

Jessica Barksdale Inclan said...

Well, I actually have been teaching Mary Shelley's Frankenstein this semester, so I am back with the classics, the paranormal at its most creepy! While I am teaching, I find that I read the books I assign and the essays that come in more than anything else. All my "fun" reading comes during summer.


limecello said...

Hi Jessica,

Thanks for visiting with us today! I love the cover of your book - and the premise! I've always said my super power of choice would be teleportation... the book sounds great- and how nice to learn new things while researching/writing.
Was it very difficult reading/learning all the science for this book?

Jessica Barksdale Inclan said...

Hi Limecello!

It was hard but fun to learn. In this novel, I studied a lot about planets and world creation--how it all starts from the planet up.

I don't know if I will ever use this information again, but I hope so.



Jennifer Y. said...

This book sounds wonderful!

Is there a genre that you'd like to write, but haven't?

Sue A. said...

Hi Jessica! I'm always surprised by the amount of research and the extents authors go through in the name of research. Wow!

I remember an author saying she never reads anything in her genre in case it somehow seeps into her consciousness and her writing. Is this ever a concern for you? So what's in your TBR pile?

Jessica Barksdale Inclan said...

To answer both Sue a's and Jennifer Y's questions: I read around the gneres and I write them all, too. The thing I truly fail at, though, is a screenplay. I've written three, and just can't quite seem to do it.

Right now on the TBR pile (for maybe christmas break!): The Hemingses of Monticello and Home by Marilynne Robinson.

Thanks for stopping by.



Pam P said...

Hi Jessica, I do want to read this. I've always found quantum physics fascinating, but not being a science whiz reading up on it can be overwhelming, do it occasionally in small doses. Great premise.

Unknown said...

Intimage Beings sounds great!

Jessica Barksdale Inclan said...

Thank you Pam and Amy.

It's amazing what you have to "learn" if you are making something up, completely! But readers want their make believe to be realistic. It sounds contradictory, but as a reader, I understand.



tigger9 said...

Your books sound interesting. I'll have to check them out for sure.
What is your favorite paranormal that you have ever read?

Jessica Barksdale Inclan said...

When I was figuring out what type of romance to write, I enjoyed Sherilyn Kenyon's books quite a bit. I enjoyed her sense of humor. Everything was "so" serious, which made them fun.


acdaisy95 said...

Love the cover! I'm looking forward to read your book.

tetewa said...

Sounds like my kind of read and thanks for being here!

Karen H said...

Hi Jessica,

I haven't read your work yet, but the more I read about it the more I think I should be adding you to my BTB list.

Jessica Barksdale Inclan said...

Well, let me say I'd like to be on any such lists! thank you.