In her writing, author Jessica Scott takes inspiration from her career in the military and the difficulties of being a deployed spouse and parent. Starting her writing career as a blogger from Iraq, this month Jessica's debut book, a contemporary romance titled Because of You, releases as the first original title releasing in the revamped Loveswept line from Random House. For today's coffee break, we get to know a bit more about the author and her new series.
What's your favorite kind of story to get lost in?
A good post apocalyptic journey that shows mankind at its worst and still, goodness triumphs.
What's the first book you remember reading?
Fish is Fish
What's your favorite fairy tale?
I don't think I have one. If I had to pick one, it would be the Boy Who Cried Wolf.
What would your occupation be if you were no longer a writer?
An army officer. I've got two of the best jobs in the world: I love them both.
What do you do to unwind and relax?
Um, relax? What is this relax you speak of. Command takes everything I've got and then I've got to get home and do it all again with the kids. But to relax, I either go to the bookstore or get a massage.
What does love mean to you?
Love doesn't come with a “but”. It means through good times and the bad.
Give us a one-sentence summary for your novel Because of You.
The toughest battle Shane Garrison will ever face is loving Jen St James.
Tell us something unique about your hero.
Shane is bald.
What about the heroine?
She is a breast cancer survivor.
Which scene from the book do you like most and would never cut?
The scene where Jen finally trusts Shane enough to be comfortable with him unclothed. Although Because of You is very sexy, Jen resists total nudity during their intimacies.
What you think readers will like best about this book?
The emotional struggles the characters deal with, as well as, getting a glimpse into army life. The relationship is hot & volatile which propels you through the story.
What's next for your writing career?
First up is Back To You a book about learning how to be a husband again after coming home from war, and after that, Until There Was You, where the characters also are healing from the scars of war. The Coming Home series deals with the emotional demons soldiers deal with when they return home, which can range from adjusting to family situations to dealing with physical disabilities — the series delivers it all & lots of sex too!
Interested in getting a look behind enemy lines in Jessica Scott's debut novel? Because of You is available online now for under $3.00! And for more romance coverage, make sure to check out RT's Everything Romance Page.