Frequently asked questions:
Q: How long have you been writing?
Jasmine: To be honest, I have been writing since I was a little girl. Ideas would constantly be swirling around in my head, and if I didn’t write them down or draw them out, then I wouldn’t be able to sleep. I even came up with a couple of comics to express myself. My favorite was probably “Pierre”.
Q: Where do you get the ideas for your books?
Jasmine: Usually, I dream them. I have a journal filled with backlogged story scenes. Just scenes. It’s my daydreaming that comes up with the rest.
Q: What scene did you dream for Veiled Embers?
Jasmine: The scene with Lemaria, the grandmother, and Savannah. In my dream, this woman, with bright pink hair, stuck her hand in the ground and grew vegetables. Then the teenage girl ate an onion. It was such an odd dream that I had to write it down.
Q: What is your writing process?
Jasmine: Well, after I pick out a dream scene, then I try to figure out who my characters are. I start with a beginning scene and just keep going. Every time a new character shows up, I try to find out their backstory. I love discovering the history of my characters. Each of them is unique and bring something different to the story.
After writing the first draft, then I go through revisions. I am constantly bouncing ideas off of my sister, Adrianne. I do a couple rounds of edits before sending out to beta readers. These are readers that I trust to tell me the truth and help make me aware of any holes in my story. Then it is off to my wonderful editor, Kathy Locatelli, who polishes my book until it shines.
I give it another once over, before handing it to my talented brother-in-law, Justin. He handles the technical side of putting it online. He also made the new cover for Illuminated Embers, which is the second book in the Kites of the Arc series. Amanda Walker made the cover for Veiled Embers and did a wonderful job.
After all of that, I order a print copy for myself. When it arrives, I make myself some coffee, eat a doughnut, and stare at it! Not much compares to the feeling of holding your own book in your hand.
Q: Do you see yourself in your main characters?
Jasmine: No. Not in the Kites of the Arc series, anyways. There is another series that I’ve been working on where I strongly relate to the main character.
Q: Do you base your characters on people you know personally?
Jasmine: Not really. Never intentionally, anyway. After solidifying a character with their own background, I will start writing them. Sometimes, I will notice that a few of their reactions are familiar, and will connect them to how I think people that I know would react in a similar situation. It’s not a static representation, though.
Q: What are some of the things that you didn’t expect when you started writing?
Jasmine: I never expected for my characters to take over the stories. It always gets to a point where I no longer have control of the direction the book goes in. I can plan and plot all I want, but if they decide to do something different, there is no arguing with my stubborn characters.
Q: Do you plan on writing other stories besides those based on Savannah?
Jasmine: Yes! Another series is already in the works. And I have a notebook filled with backlogged book ideas. I absolutely love writing!
Q: What unexpected things happened in your book?
Jasmine: I had planned for the book to be about witches and natural witchcraft. After the first scene, it took on a life of its own, and new races were born. A supernatural world is hidden among humans, filled with Kites, Morphlings, Vampires, Werewolves, etc. I hadn’t planned for any of it, but once it showed up, it wouldn’t leave. I was forced to analyze each race, and find out what made them special. It was a lot of fun, and I wouldn’t change the surprise for anything.
Q: Who tells the story? You or your characters?
Jasmine: In this series, I wanted to write in an omnipotent third person point of view. I wanted to get a little perspective from all of the characters. I’ve grown attached to each and every one of them. I hope that my readers grow fond of them as well, and enjoy their little surprises. I certainly had fun playing with them.