I am pleased to welcome Jessica Gordon, author of Becoming Mrs. Walsh, to Change the Word for an interview. Be sure to check out my review of her book here. Thanks for joining us, Jessica.
Jessica Gordon: My husband is the youngest of three boys so when I entered into the family, I met a lot of future in-laws. The whole experience sparked an idea. That idea grew into a novel, though while the inspiration was based on something true, the rest is of course fiction.
CTW: What was your favorite part about writing this story?
JG: The relationships. Whether it was Shoshana and her relationship with Drew, or Shoshana's relationships with her sisters-in-law, mother-in-law. Even the camaraderie between the brothers was fun to write. They just seem like a fun, glamorous family to be part of. One reader commented that she wants another single Walsh brother so she could join the family. I thought that was really funny. They are fun to read and even more fun to write.
CTW: What characteristics, if any, do you share with your main character?
JG: Shoshana is a writer, so her creative spirit and love of writing I can relate to. I also like that she is down-to-earth and real.
CTW: How do you keep yourself motivated to write?
JG: The story itself keeps me going. Writing is actually a lot like reading a book, you want to find out what happens next. In order to do so, you must write it!
CTW: What is the best writing tip anyone ever gave you?
JG: Write clearly, use the most essential, direct words to tell your story. I think a great book has two important qualities: an excellent story that is told well.
JG: To write a sequel to Becoming Mrs. Walsh. And to keep up with the writing in general whether it is more on the Walsh family or a different book. I think the more you write, the better your writing becomes.
CTW: Who is your biggest writing role model?
JG: I love what Sophie Kinsella did with the Shopaholic series. She was able to keep all of the characters consistent and interesting. With series writing that is so important to be true to your characters while still developing great plots and imaginitive scenes. I don't think she ever disappoints as a writer.
CTW: What is your most-read, well-loved book on your bookshelf?
JG: There are so many! But, in particular, since I mentioned Sophie Kinsella, I loved a book she wrote called Undomestic Goddess. I actually laughed out loud. Usually I find many books to be funny, but I don't usually laugh audibly—especially in public, but this one I did!
CTW: What's up next for you and your writing career?
JG: Hopefully more books and readers to read them. If people are going to read one of my books, I feel it is really important to produce a story worthy of their time.
CTW: Anything else you would like to share with us?
JG: Just the love of reading, readers, writers, the whole book community. It is a wonderful group of people. I have met such interesting, kind people along the way. It is exciting to be part of such a great community.
About the Author
Jessica Gordon is a Johns Hopkins University alumna for both her undergraduate and graduate degrees. She received her bachelor's degree in liberal arts from the Writing Seminars program and her master's degree in communications.
After working in the corporate world for several years, Jessica decided to return to her first love: creative writing. Jessica takes her readers to the prominent Washington, D.C. area where her characters navigate through the complex world of family, in-laws, and love.
Jessica lives in Washington, D.C. with her husband. This is her first novel.
For more information on the book, check out www.jessica-gordon.com. Jessica can be reached at any time: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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