But first, today is the Amazon Chart Rush for STRING BRIDGE.
|Listen to samples of the soundtrack at iTunes.|
What is a chart rush you ask?
It’s when we all rush to buy a book on Amazon during a specific 24-hour period intending push it on to the Amazon bestseller list. And today marks the 24-hour period for STRING BRIDGE. All the links are at the end of this post. Now’s the time to get it!
AND do it today and receive the all-original soundtrack, Melody Hill: On the Other Side, written and performed by the Jessica, FOR FREE!
All you have to do is purchase the book today (paperback or eBook), November 11th, and then email the receipt to: jessica.carmen.bell(at)gmail(dot)com. She will then email you a link to download the album at no extra cost! How cool is that!
To help celebrate, I’m asking five questions of Jessica Bell, author of STRING BRIDGE.
After writing a tense scene, do you need to unwind before re-entering the real world? How do you do it?
I’m a pretty emotional person and I actually cry a lot. So I don’t really need to unwind. I just let myself cry and the heaviness disappears. I usually need to unwind before writing though. Need plenty of brain space. Silence and some time to think before I touch my fingers to the keyboard.
Is there an overall theme all your books have in common?
Yes, there are quite a few actually—overcoming loss, inhibited self-expression, finding motivation to succeed, escaping oppression, expression through art and/or music.
What is Melody’s, (the main character from STRING BRIDGE) favorite comfort food?
Oh wow. I don’t think I know! I have her making lots of chicken soup in the book. That must be it ☺.
And I have to ask, what is your favorite comfort food?
You are going to think I am so weird. Fresh beetroot with lemon and olive oil.
Do you take raw beetroot and toss it with lemon and olive oil. Not cooked or parboiled? What a fascinating comfort food if you don’t mind me saying.
I actually buy it raw, peel it till my fingers a purple (from the beetroot, not the labor ;o) and then steam it. Then I just smother it in lemon juice and oil, about enough for a salad dressing. And I gotta eat it hot :o) So yummy! Sometimes I put a dollop of garlic yogurt dip with it too, but that’s more of a summer thing and when the beetroot has cooled down.
This has got to be such a fascinating and anxious time for you. How do you battle the waiting-to-see-what-happens stage?
Haha! I don’t. I bite my nails to the bone, and clench my jaw until I catch myself doing it and have to force myself to relax. It’s exciting. Very exciting, but a writer is never free of doubts, believe me!
Jessica Bell is a literary women’s fiction author, poet and singer/songwriter who grew up in Melbourne, Australia, to two gothic rock musicians who had successful independent careers during the ’80s and early ’90s.
She spent much of her childhood travelling to and from Australia to Europe, experiencing two entirely different worlds, yet feeling equally at home in both environments. She currently lives in Athens, Greece and works as a freelance writer/editor for English Language Teaching publishers worldwide, such as HarperCollins, Pearson Education and Macmillan Education.
In addition to String Bridge, Jessica has published a book of poetry called Twisted Velvet Chains. A full list of poems and short stories published in various anthologies and literary magazines can be found under Published Works & Awards, on her website.
From September 2012 Jessica will be hosting the Homeric Writers’ Retreat & Workshop on the Greek island of Ithaca, home of Odysseus.
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