Interview with Jessica Scott
By Toni Linenberger
Thanks to Jessica Scott for taking a few minutes out of her day to answer some questions for us. As you are all well aware, I’ve been a fan since the beginning. I’m so excited for her latest successes and wish her all the best.
- Tell us a little about yourself?
Other than the crazy part? Hmm, I have to work out constantly otherwise, if I so much as look at dessert my body goes crazy and gains ten pounds. I like all kinds of music from heavy metal to country. I enjoy sociology and the problem of evil and sitting around solving the world’s problems. How’s that?
- Wine or beer?
Um, depends. I like a good glass of moscato like the next girl but sometimes, there’s nothing like a good Heineken.
- Sweet or savory?
Sweet. Yes, I think sweet.
- Chocolate or other?
Chocolate. There is no other in my worldJ
- Mountains or beach?
Hmmm. Toss up. Depends on what mood I’m in.
- What made you decide to tackle a PhD at Duke? How did you get the Army to support it?
The army has been truly awesome with setting conditions for me to achieve my educational goals. Since I was selected to become a teacher at West Point, they’re sending me to school for the degree.
- What drew you to romance in the first place?
Ultimately, romance is about relationships and that’s what draws me back every time.
- Why the Coming Home series? Why set it during the Surge? Do you find it hard to write seven years in the past?
I got tired of reading books that didn’t really speak to what I’ve experienced both as an army wife and a soldier. I read one book that pitched female soldiers as the enemy to spouses and I damn near lost my mind. So I started writing because I wanted a book that reflected something closer to what I’ve lived and seen. I also wanted to write about every day heroes rather than special forces ones, you know? As to the Surge? That’s when there was arguably the most pressure on the force. We had so many troops that were back to back deployments, troops that had to do 15 months in combat and then come home to find that home wasn’t really waiting for them. Those are the stories I wanted to tell but I also wanted to give hope, too.
- What is the one thing you’d like readers to know about you?
Hmmm. I don’t know. I’m pretty out there online so basically, I’m human just like everyone else. I have good days and bad, days when I don’t want to be around the family, days when it all gets to be too much. I think we put too much stock in people’s front rooms and forget that there’s a back room where the chaos happens.
Her latest All for You is available in all the usual locations. Include a bookstore near you beginning later this year. Her next book It’s Always Been You releases in all e-formats in early March. If you haven’t read any of her books yet, what are you waiting for?