Wednesday, October 26, 2011

5 Easy Questions with Jessica Nelson!

Every Wednesday, I ask a writer the same five easy questions. In an effort to support and promote fellow wordsmiths, I feature authors who write a variety of genres, from sweet inspirational to mainstream thrillers. The writers themselves may be aspiring, published, or  best-selling--all have made an impact on my life.

Thank you for joining me in welcoming…Jessica Nelson!!

I met Jessica years ago through blogging, and I instantly adored her posts about her writing journey. It's been fun watching Jessica's progress, including landing an agent (woo-hoo!) and a contract with Harlequin Love Inspired Historical (double woo-hoo!). I can't wait to read her debut novel next April!

Let's get to it!

1. Beverage of choice?

Starbucks Raspberry mocha, but I drink water regularly and like it.

2. Any pets?

One cat, Pretty Girl. Sadly our other cat, Kiah, went missing a month ago. He was a sweetheart who loved the kids and dogs.

3. Dream vacation?

Anywhere! I love traveling and I love to learn languages!

4. What are you listening to right now?

The gurgling of my husband's annoying fish tank. Everything else is silent because the wild, albeit adorable, children have gone to sleep.

5. What's for dinner?

Ummmm...nothing, yet. Maybe melted chocolate chips with peanut butter? Cooking isn't my forte. :-)

Mmm...rasperry mocha. I haven't tried that one, but it sounds like the perfect drink for this time of year. I'm sorry to hear about your kitty. I can only hope he's in a good place. As far as traveling, I am so with you! I don't care if we head somewhere an hour away, I just love puttering around new places, but sadly, I don't share you adoration of new languages. I've attempted to learn French from a CD, and it didn't go so well. Okay, your dinner is the BEST EVER! Melted chocolate chips and peanut butter? Sign me up! Thanks so much for being my guest today, Jessica!

About Jessica:

My heart is filled with romantic stories, my shelves are loaded with chocolate and I'm always longing for one more cup of Starbucks. Besides that, I write for Love Inspired Historical and am a happy mom to a bunch of little boys.

Jessica's debut novel, Love on the Range, will be available in April, 2012 through Harlequin Love Inspired Historical. To learn more about Jessica, head to her blog, Booking It, be friends with her on Facebook, and follow her on Twitter.
Has anyone gotten their winter coats out yet? The weather is turning brisk here!

Have a wonderful Wednesday!


  1. Congrats on the debut release! Awesome! Sounds like a perfectly healthy meal to me. :)

  2. Hi Jill! Thanks so much for having me. :-) I adore the raspberry mocha, but I'll warn you that some baristas (is that what they're called?) make it better than others.
    Weather in FL has gotten pleasantly cool. I'm so glad I can turn off my AC! lol
    Thanks for the wonderful interview!

  3. Thanks Laura! Calcium, antioxidants and protein. How can I go wrong? *grin*

  4. Yum on the drink! I say chocolate and PB is fine for dinner. :)

    We're still in hoodies around here, Jill, but it's cold enough in the mornings for a heavier coat. I love hoodie weather!

  5. Yes for chocolate:) Wonderful interview and I'm patiently waiting for your book release!

  6. I'll take your coffee and dinner any day, Jessica!

    Another great interview, Jill. :)

  7. I agree with you and Jill ... Even a daytrip exploring a brand new town is an escape and great getaway.

    And please, set a place for me at that dinner table :)

  8. Good morning!

    Laura: Chocolate and peanut butter should be a nutrition category on their own! ;)

    Jessica N.: The person making the drink DOES make a difference. We've had our AC off for a few months. The furnace is on! :)

    Jessica P: I love hoodie weather too. If I can push back the winter coats as long as possible, I'm happy!

    Kara: Me too! I can't wait to read Jessica's book!

    Janna: Count me in--we should have a chocolate/pb dinner date. :)

    Joanne: It's true, and I'm pleasantly surprised at how many quaint gems we've found so close to our town.

    Thanks so much for stopping by!

  9. Jessica holds a special corner of my heart, since she was my first blog follower three years ago. I'm so pleased how the Lord has moved in her life and career!

    My cat, Angus went missing awhile ago, too, and it still breaks my heart to think of it. I hope your baby returns, Jess!

    Can't wait for your novel's release!

  10. That's what I'm talking about for dinner, Jessica. I'm coming to your house. Oh yeah! Loved getting to room w/ you at conference. You are a ultra blessing!
    ~ Wendy

  11. I have had the wonderful pleasure of meeting Jessica in person and she is amazing!! And tall:)) Great interview!

  12. Jessica, your boys must looove your cooking. LOL

    Btw, I love the title of your book. Looking forward to reading it.

  13. Hi, Jessica, great to get to know a bit about you on Jill's site! So sorry about your kitty. If he's that friendly, someone has probably adopted him and is taking care of him. We nearly acquired a kitty when we moved (he slipped into the back of the open van in between lugging trips. It was only when my husband took one final look inside the U-Haul that he saw a flash of eyes in the dark. Lucky kitty.

  14. Thank you ladies! Joanne, come on over. ;-)

  15. Jeanette, you are so sweet to say that, but you have to admit that you're a wonderful and easy lady to follow. :-)

  16. So are you, Wendy! And you're welcome anytime.

  17. Terri, I know, I feel like a giant next to you. lol

  18. Heeheee, Sandra, mommy doesn't give the boys that kind of food. lol Thanks for saying you like the title. ;-)

  19. KB, I hope someone did, but he's always been an outdoor cat so good luck to them litter training him. I feel so sad when I think of him missing though, and my kids miss him too. :-(
    Interesting story. I'm glad you saw your little guy. Nice to meet you too, and thank you for commenting!

  20. Jessica, I can't wait to read your book! Congratulations:)

    My kids would love to swing by for supper...

  21. I enjoyed the interview. I think melted chocolate chips with peanut butter sounds great. Did you know that November is peanut butter lovers month? (Just one of the little facts I've gathered while writing columns for kids.) Congratulations on getting published in April!

  22. Janet, no I didn't know that! Too cool. lol
    Tamika, I guess I'll make an exception and share with kids if you all come by. *grin*

  23. Jeanette: Jessica is a gem! And I'm sorry for your missing kitty. They're always in our hearts.

    Wendy: I'm with you on the dinner--let's make this happen!

    Terri: It's funny how different we appear on paper from in person, isn't it?

    Sandra: Isn't that a fab title? I love it!

    Kathy: Now that's a house-warming present you don't usually get! Ha!!

    Tamika: My kids would love it too!

    Janet: See, I did not know that. Now I have the perfect excuse to indulge in pb cups!

    Thanks so much for stopping by!

  24. Yay for debut releases! I look forward to reading your book this spring.

    Love the dinner plans. :)

  25. So fun getting to know more about you, Jessica! And yay for Starbucks! (Gonna have an extra dose today before I get my flu shot. Go, me!)

    I always have a jacket handy, Jill, because where we live we can have a tornado one day and an ice storm the next! :)

  26. Hi Jill! Hi Jessica!

    I look forward to reading your debut novel this coming spring, Jessica. How exciting!

    Let's just all have chocolate for dinner tonight.

  27. Gurgling fish tanks are SO annoying. I agree! And chocolate for supper sounds reasonable.

  28. A girl after my heart. Someone else who hates cooking.

  29. What a great interview, ladies! Thank you both for sharing. ;)

    BTW, don't let Jessie fool you. She may not like to cook, but she's a housekeeper extraordinaire. So even if she just has chocolate for supper, you can bet she cleans up those bowls and spoons and leaves the kitchen spotless afterwards. :)

  30. Can't wait Jessica to read your book! So exciting to see all my bloggy friends getting published!!! :O)

  31. Hi, Jessica! It's great to learn more about you. Rasberry mocha sounds yummy. I've had it in Frappucino form but I haven't tried the hot coffee.

    Chocolate for dinner! Can I come over to your house, lol :-)

  32. Great interview, Jill! I hit the enter button before I could mention that.

  33. Sounds like an excellent coffee choice. Might have to try that. Great to learn more about you, Jessica.

  34. I sometime wonder whether cooking is ANY writer's forte ;o) Congrats on your success, Jessica! So wonderful!

    PS: If these are the questions for you know what, then I can just copy paste and send you my answers with pics and bio, etc.

  35. Jessica - I LOVE your bio! My heart's filled with romantic stories too! can't wait to read your book, woman. :)

  36. Yay, Jessica! I love how you answer questions so sweet and honest. Can't wait for your book to release. Congrats again and again!!!!

  37. Hi ladies! Fun interview! :) And I'm SO joining you both for dinner, LOL.

  38. Erica: I'm looking forward to the book too!

    Cynthia: Good for you with your flu shot! And I hear you on the jacket. The weather is always up and down here.

    Loree: Yes, let's all have chocolate for dinner! Ha!

    Talli: Ha! We have sea monkeys--no filter required. :)

    Patti: Ha!! Pizza and Chinese save the day, right?

    Anita: That doesn't surprise me at all! :)

    Diane: I agree--it's very exciting to see so many of our friends published--yay!!

    Brandi: They make it in cold and hot?? I did not know this. This time of year I would take hot. :)

    Heather: Face it lady, you think all coffee drinks are a good choice! I know you! :)

    Jessica B: Check your in-box!! (And thanks!!)

    Katie: Isn't that a nice phrase? Mine is too. :)

    Cheryl: Yes--I love that Jessica isn't afraid to throw the peanut butter and chocolate dinner idea out there!

    Sarah: It's a date!

    Jennifer: Absolutely! And I'll bring chocolate chips since I bought seven zillion of them. :)

    Thanks so much for stopping by!

  39. Always great to discover another water lover! Haven't tried that raspberry drink at Starbucks and not sure that I want to.

    My sister's one cat went missing a couple months ago, too. That tugs on my heartstrings for sure.

    Thanks Jill, for letting us get to know Jessica a little better. I'm still wondering how she keeps that figure with chocolate for supper.

  40. Oh my, ladies!! It's official. DINNER PARTY!!
    At my place, and Anita does NOT have to clean. Heeheee!
    Jill, thank you so much for having me! Will you do the honor of picking out the chocolates we'll be having? *grin*
    And Eileen, don't be fooled, clothes hide a bunch. But I'll bet chocolate has less calories than a full meal. Just sayin'. lol

    Everyone, thank you so much for your funny and encouraging comments! It's been awesome to read them!

  41. Oh, I didn't realize I could get the raspberry mocha as a frap. Hmmm. Sounds possibly very delicious!

  42. Jessie, I'm a cat person, too. I'm sorry about yours going missing. And I'm a self-professed lousy cook. I like to eat, though, especially when others prepare the meal.

  43. Eileen: Yes, I would like to know how Jessica stays so slim too!! And I'm sorry about your sister's kitty. They're like members of the family.

    Jessica: Ooo, picking out chocolate? That's a tough one! I love Godiva, Cadbury, and Lindt--mm, mmm!

    Keli: I'm a cat person too. I almost picked up a 365 Days of Cats calendar for 2012 today! :)

    Thanks so much for stopping by!

  44. Sign me up for Jessica's dinner. Yum. That's my kind of cooking.

    Exciting about Jessica's book. Will be looking for it.

    Unfortunately, I did have to bet my winter coat out one very chilly evening.


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