Today I have the great pleasure of having Award Winning and Best Selling Author, Jess Russell visiting Chick’s Rogue’s and Scandal’s so take a seat and lets get to know a bit about Jess…
Jess Russell now Multi-Award Winning and Best-sellingauthor!
As a girl Jess escaped the world of rigorous ballet class and hideous math homework into the haven of toe wriggling romance novels. Now she writes them!
Jess lives in New York City with her husband and son and disappears to the Catskill Mountains whenever she can. She is a sometime actress, award winning batik artist, and accomplished seamstress. Along with her sewing machine, she loves power tools and, what’s more, she knows how to use them.
Jess is currently working on renovating a condo in uptown Manhattan (The Lipstick on a Pig Project) and writing two other stories for the Reluctant Hearts series. Captivated by the Countess, and Daft for a Duke.
Jess Russell is a member of RWA, as well as the Beau Monde and the NY chapters of RWA.
Frankie Reviews : Hi Jess, welcome to Chick’s Rogue’s and Scandal’s. Firstly, what five words would you use to describe yourself?
Jess : Thrifty, multi-talented, sentimental, impatient, and (at the moment) overwhelmed!
Frankie Reviews : If you could live in any era and place, When and where would it be?
Jess : Oh, this is tough. I am drawn to the periods in which I write. I love the fashion of bygone years, and the chivalry. BUT, the reality of living in the Regency or Victorian era is pretty daunting. Women were certainly second-class citizens with very few options in life and almost no rights. I would hate that. So, without wearing any rose-colored glasses, I would have to stay right where I am. (though perhaps I would beam myself back 4 years or so. My son is leaving for college this Fall!)
Frankie Reviews : I totally agree with you about that, Jess. Who was your childhood hero?
Jess : A good question. I think I would have to say my ballet teachers. I was totally devoted to being a dancer until my senior year in high school when I became more interested in drama. These ladies inspired me and fired my imagination.
Frankie Reviews : How interesting, What is your favourite time of the year?
Jess : Spring! I am an aspiring gardener and every Spring I love to look to see what actually survived the Winter. I feel rather maternal about my plants. Of course the May flies are hideous, but I have a sort bee-keepers net hat that I wear which helps a bit.
Frankie Reviews : Out of all your work, who is your favourite character?
Rhys Merrick, Duke of Roydan, my hero in The Dressmaker’s Duke. He is heart-breaking in his isolation.
A few lines of Rhys thinking of Olivia~
God, if only she would want him just a little. Hope seeped into that tender void that lay quietly waiting between the steady rails of his oh-so-rational behavior.
Frankie Reviews : Oh, fabulous! Thank you for sharing that quote with us, Where does your inspiration for your books come from?
Jess : My inspiration starts with an image and then a scene. Being an actress, I am drawn to character first. I love putting myself in their shoes and often improvise playing first the Hero then my Heroine. I have designed and sewed a gown for each of my Heroines. If you want to see the gowns stop by https://jessrussellromance.com/ I also have a blog called Trash to Treasure where I take a thrift store find and transform it into something new and wonderful! I just love creating something out of nothing.
Frankie Reviews : Oh, wow! What a super talented lady, you are. Those gowns are amazing! What three tips would you pass on to an aspiring author?
1. Write! Write everyday (something I need to take to heart.)
2. Have the next book nearly ready to publish when you get your first book out! I did not and could not take advantage of the success of The Dressmaker’s Duke.
3. Enter contests! That is how I got my publishing offers.
Frankie Reviews : If you were hosting a dinner party what three people would you invite? (They can be real/fictional, from any era)
I am not a fan of organized religion, but I am spiritual. I love the notion of these men finding a commonality. Our world is so divisive, I long for more empathy and communal understanding among all cultures. John Lennon’s song, Imagine, is a favourite of mine.
Frankie Reviews : Thank you, Jess for taking the time out of your busy schedule to chat with me today, I have just one more cheeky question, just for fun . . . What is your all-time favourite naughty but nice food?
Jess : Oh boy. Twinkies! I used to love them as a kid. Sadly, I rediscovered them. So bad, but so good!
Yum, thank you!
Thank you for having me, Frankie!
If you want to find out more about Jess and her work then check out the links below.