Welcome back to day #3 of my "Books & Coffee" giveaway. For more information on how you can be entered into the drawing for a FREE pound of amazing coffee, locally roasted here in my hometown, as well as a signed copy of my YA novel, ONCE AGAIN, go here.
Today, we're chatting with Jessie Spencer, Layla's first AND best friend at Sky Cove Senior High School. I hope you enjoy getting to know a little more about Jessie!
To start off, give us some basic information about yourself… full name, hair color, that sort of thing. Jessica Lee Spencer, but everyone calls me Jessie. And I’m short. Five feet even. Brown hair, chin length. Brown eyes.
Since most of our readers today have not visited Sky Cove, Maine, give us a virtual tour and tell us a little about the town. Well, I haven’t been further south than Boston, so Maine is really all I’ve ever known. From a tourist standpoint, I guess Sky Cove is kind of quaint. It’s a small town, but we have a busy harbor with fishing boats, and several stretches of beach that are nice, especially in warm weather. In many ways, it’s typical Maine life, so for tourists that want the “real deal”, Sky Cove is it.
Describe how you and Layla became friends she moved to Sky Cove. Layla and I were paired as lab partners on the first day of our junior year. She was a new student, and I figured she was pretty nervous. I thought she was nice right off the bat. We sort of became friends instantly.
What’s your favorite pastime? Discovery Channel. Geeky, I know, but that’s me.
What plans do you have post-high school? Oh, being the science-nerd, I’ll probably major in biology, and then decide about med school versus some other form of grad school. I think some people at school think they’re insulting me when they call me the science-nerd, but I’m not insulted. I’ll wear that badge with honor.
What makes you happiest at this point in your life? I don’t know if I know what it means to be truly happy just yet. I mean, I’m not miserable or anything, but I sort of feel like my life hasn’t started, like there’s so much more that’s just around the corner. And that idea makes me happy… the idea that my happiness is waiting for me.
If you could have one wish granted, what would it be? I know this is going to sound incredibly “girly”, but I’d like to be noticed. I mean, by a guy. It shouldn’t matter that I’ve never had a real boyfriend. High school relationships are usually pretty lame and don’t last. But… for once… I’d like a guy to notice me and think I’m cute.
Author’s perspective on Jessie Spencer. Ah Jessie! She’s one of my most-loved characters. When I started writing “Once Again” I had a student in my high school choir. She was a senior, and she was reading “Breaking Dawn”. Since she was an avid reader, I asked her if she’d read the first few chapters of my new book and give me some “reader” feedback. Her name was Jessica, and I named Jessie’s character after her. In my mind, when I write about Jessie Spencer, I always see my former student, Jessica. I imagine her with the same bubbly personality and infectious smile… the same sweet nature and intelligent mind. So Jessie Spencer is a very special character for me!
And YES! That picture IS, in fact, my former choir student, Jessica! Isn’t she a doll?!
In fact, Jessie is going to get her own story. I’m currently working on a short story that will be released this summer, that will focus on Jessie’s character. Hopefully Jessie’s story will help whet readers’ appetites for book 2 in the series, “Once And For All”, which will release in late 2012!
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Happy reading and writing!