Thursday, July 5, 2012

Author Interview: Jessica Roberts, author of Reflection

Today we're talking to Jessica Roberts, author of the contemporary romance, Reflection! Here's a synopsis:

Bright, spunky Heather Robbins has escaped her small hometown and is anxiously beginning her freshman year of college. Rising above her rocky childhood, she’s found a place where good things are finally starting to happen: her own private apartment, refreshing college classes, and an intense attachment to a mysterious and rugged classmate, Nick Richards.

But when her dreamy college life turns out to be nothing more than a wonderful dream while resting in a coma, questions threaten.

Now, Heather must press forward to unlock the real past, and find the answers buried deep in her mind. What she unlocks instead is a roller coaster ride through flashbacks, embellished memories, and a whirlwind romance.

And when it’s all over and she comes face to face with the truth, will she lose everything she’s fallen in love with? ~ Courtesy of Goodreads

Tell us a little about yourself.

I grew up climbing trees and playing soccer, so I guess you could say I started off as a tomboy. I probably still am, somewhat. But I can easily tap into the inner girly in me.

My happiest childhood memories are linked to long family road trips with the windows rolled down, getting lost in the hayfields on grandpa and grandma’s farm, and the space between jumping into bed and falling asleep, all places where I could spend time lost in my thoughts, playing make believe, dreaming up stories. I was a definite dreamer . . . still am!

When did you discover that you were a writer?

I was a really good BS’er in high school; my English teachers can attest to that. And I’ve always been a fast writer; I can fill a greeting card in under a minute – seriously! And I think editing has always been a part of me; I’ve been known to take a red pen to the newspaper. But none of those points really answer your question, do they? I guess it wasn’t so much that I ever “discovered” I was a writer. It was merely a decision I made.

How did you come up with the idea for Reflection?

Well, I had this dream one night that I was in a big field and there was this really hot and sexy vampire that wanted to suck my blood – haha, just kidding. In all honesty, it’s not really that exciting. I was blow-drying my hair one night in my bathroom and this scene popped into my head: the balcony scene in Reflection. The next day I wrote the scene. I enjoyed the process so much that I decided to write a beginning and an ending. And that’s how it all began.

In Reflection, the main character, Heather, discovers she's in a coma. Did you have to do a lot of research of coma cases for the book? If so, what was the most interesting fact you learned?

I think comas in general are super intriguing. That people can be “asleep” for upwards of ten, fifteen years and then just wake up one day, completely boggles my mind.

But back to your question, yes, I did extensive research that was both time-consuming and fascinating. In fact, I almost changed my occupation from writing to nursing. (haha - my friends would laugh because they say I’m always discovering new hobbies.)

Anyway, probably the most interesting part of my research was reading journal entries from coma survivors. Most of them discussed the rough road to recovery through rehab and such. Obviously in Reflection I took some poetic license there.

What is your favorite line from Reflection and why?

“ . . . Eventually time steals everything.”
"No," he whispered into my ear. "Some things are timeless."

The reason I like this excerpt is because “Timeless” was the original title of the novel. But about a month before I published, I checked online and another book stole my title! I know, how dare it. And the author was a debut author, and she had long, dark brown hair like me, and the story was about a girl who dreams of this boy, and there were too many similarities. So I changed the title to “Reflection”.

But I still love that line! In light of what’s going on in the story, Nick’s words are both beautiful and tragic.

Thanks so much for taking the time to talk to us today, Jessica! I can't wait to read Reflection. Our review will be coming sometime in the near future!

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1 comment:

  1. Great post! I'm headed to add this one to my TBR because it sounds really fascinating. I love the idea that Heather's reality is not what she thinks it is. And I can totally identify with Jessica...reading my newspaper here makes me shake my head and want to start editing!


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