Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Guest Post by Jessica F.F. Evans Author of Flames

Title: Flames
Author: Jessica F.F. Evans
Release date: May 5th, 2013
Genre:  Romantic Suspense
Tour: Irresistible Reads Book Tours

Book Description: 
Seven years ago Jenna Farley left her hometown of Cedarville, Indiana and vowed never to look back. She created a thriving business and a quiet life on the sunny beaches of Gulf Shores, Alabama. But seven years and hundreds of miles can’t keep the nightmares of her past and visions of a hellish future from plaguing her dreams.

With the fate of her first love resting solely in her hands Jenna must go back to the town she despises and risk everything for a man who is not at all pleased to find her on his doorstep talking about a murderer on the loose and asking him to trust her.

Nathaniel McGregor has put many years and many women between him and the memory of the only woman he ever loved. Now she's back and doing what she does best. Turning his life upside down and warning him of an obsessed pyromaniac hell bent on killing him. Can he trust her? Does he even have a choice? The clock is ticking, both their lives are on the line and they must work together to stop a determined killer or die.


About the Author:
Jessica F.F. Evans lives in a little village in rural Indiana with her husband, daughter and crazy large family. She spends every chance she gets on the Gulf Coast. When not writing romance novels she enjoys woodturning, hiking and passing on her love of reading to her daughter.

Flames is her debut novel. Carry On is coming in September 2013 and is her second romantic suspense novel followed by her suspense novel: Under the Cajun Moon in December 2013 and her Young Adult novel: Lessons Learned by Arnold St. James in June 2014.

Guest Post - Nice Girl, Evil Villain

              Anyone who meets me generally describes me in one of four ways: polite, sweet, happy or very family oriented. So you can imagine that when they find out I write Romantic Suspense novels and read how truly twisted my antagonists are they don’t quite believe “Sweet Little Jessica” could have wrote that book. Well… “Sweet Little Jessica” didn’t write that book, there’s nothing sweet about writing those kind of characters. When I write I have to kind of shut off myself and get into the minds of the characters I’m creating. I have to develop a back story, figure out what motivates them and let them live on paper. I enjoy creating all my characters but my favorite part of writing Romantic Suspense is developing the villain.  As a “good girl” I can honestly say there’s something that is so fun about creating a character that is so bad.
            The antagonist brings a lot to the table when you’re writing Romantic Suspense novels. They usually serve as a catalyst in the main characters’ relationship. They keep your audience at the edge of their seat waiting to see what happens next. And don’t discredit how important it is to have someone your audience can root against especially in this genre. Romantic Suspense could never be Romantic Suspense without a strong, believable antagonist. So if you find yourself venturing into depths of writing in this genre remember that your antagonist had better be very well developed.
            Every author has their own way of developing their characters.  I research. I observe. I chart. Only when I know every random fact, quirk and motivation about the character I’m writing do I allow myself to kind of get into my character’s head. That’s when those characters seem to come alive and the plot of my novels begin to form. My writing style is a bit of a combination between completely mapped out and free-flowing. My characters are very much planned but the story they take me on is all their own and I usually find myself veering off in a totally different direction than I had originally planned.
I really found myself intrigued by my plot in my recent novel: Flames. The antagonist was truly an awful person and I found myself wanting for there to be some kind of justice for the victims. But more than anything I wanted something good to come out of such an awful situation. In real life bad things happen to good people all the time and all too often there is no sense of justice for the victims. The beauty of being a writer is that you can create that justice for your characters.
I guess that’s why I enjoy being a writer so much. I get to create the kind of world on paper that I would have liked to see in reality. The kind of world where good always triumphs. And I guess that’s why this nice girl loves writing such awful villains. Because the more twisted the villain the sweeter it is to watch them fall.

Much Love and Kind Regards,
Jessica F.F. Evans

Thanks Jessica for a great post!

1 comment:

  1. I really enjoyed your post, Jessica. And it's really funny to hear that is hard for people to believe that a sweet lady can write about such an evil character.
    If yourself were intrigued by a plot in Flames, I bet I'll be more. Right to my TBR list!


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