Interview: Jessica Harpley

Tell us a little about yourself and your background? 
My name is Jessica, but most people call me Jess. I’m an associate producer at
Backflip Studios by day, and a typical nerd/fitness buff by night. I love rock
climbing, specifically bouldering. Something about not being roped in makes it
that much more exciting!
I grew up in Denver, Colorado, which I still call my home. As a child, I had
many brushes with death, nearly getting crushed by a 60lb window at the age of
4. Then, driving my mother’s car into a house at the tender age of 6, and almost
choking on candy two weeks later. From the age of 14-27 I’ve been in 3 more
life threatening car accidents (and a handful of minor ones). I think this may be
how some of my screws came loose… But it’s definitely why death has a large
place in my life and writing.
Which writers inspire you? 
Orson Scott Card – He’s a misogynist, and sort of a jerk, but his writing is usually
fantastic.
Stephen King – He’s been making me wet the bed since I was 5! (I no longer wet
the bed… >_>)
Isaac Asimov – Genius level writing, his grasp on science is epic.
Harry Harrison – For having written the Stainless Steel Rat in the 70’s, his grasp
on the concept of science, and what the future might look like, was even more
amazing. His writing is typically very engaging as well, only drags every once in
a while.
Suzanne Collins – I couldn’t sleep midway through Catching Fire because I was
too worried about the characters. Stayed up all night to finish it and
Mockingjay… Went to work very tired. That’s saying something for how
engaged she can get the readers.
Have you written any other novels in collaboration with other writers?
I have not, but it sounds like an awesome idea!
 
When did you decide to become a writer?
When I was born probably, but when I wrote my first story, I was 5.
Do you write full-time or part-time? 
Well… I write about 35 hours a week (or work on something for my books), so I
guess full-time, but I do also have a full-time job. It’s taxing to say the least.
Do you work to an outline or plot or do you prefer just see where an idea 
 
takes you? 
My first book that I wrote to completion was just seeing where the idea took me.
That took 5 years. I vow to never do it again. All of my work is well outlined
before I finish writing the first chapter (or before I begin sometimes).
Do you have a strategy for finding reviewers? 
Bookbloggerlist.com is one of them, but otherwise I rely on my Marketing
Manager to provide me with a decent list of contacts. He’s not cheap (keep in
mind my budget is small), but he is extremely good at what he does. (Thanks
Kent!)
What are your thoughts on good/bad reviews? 
All (most) reviews are good, just the difference between positive and negative
^_^. Negative reviews are always helpful. As long as you don’t take it as a
personal offense, you can use it as a tool to grow, and get better at your craft.
Positive reviews are also good, but rarely will they point out room for
improvement. I’m always on a quest to improve, so I seek out all the negative
reviews!
How can readers discover more about you and you work?
You can find me in a few different places.
Twitter: @Nyraphe
Any Comments for the Blog readers?
Thank you so much for taking the time to read Josie’s interview with me! I hope
to see you poking around my social media sometime soon. Stay awesome ^_^
Any feedback for me or the blog?
I firstly really like that the blog is bilingual. I’ve literally never seen that
anywhere else, so you’re really doing a service to Spanish speakers! Also, you
include the Google translate widget, which is just awesome. I think I’ll add it to
my blog now!
Your content is really great, but the only real “negative” feedback I have is that
it’s difficult to see right away what rating you’ve given the book, since you use
different icons for different genre’s which is also cool =)
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