Taking a Break

I want to start this blog by saying how much I love all of you who come here. You are a very lovely, loyal band of readers who are always so kind and so sweet and so giving. Whatever comes after this, I want you to know how much I've appreciated the support since Married With Zombies came out in 2010. But the time has come for me to face a bitter truth, both for me and maybe for some of you. The merry band of Jesse Petersen readers just is not big enough and it does not seem to be growing. Sales Read more [...]

Question Wednesday: Writing More Zombies

On January 2nd I put out a call for questions (in conjunction with a contest) and many of you asked some great ones! Every Wednesday (until I run out of questions), I'll be answering them here! There may be ones that are related, so I'll answer multiple questions at once. You can always add a new questions to the queue by posting them as a comment here. Kelli McElreath asks:I was wondering, with all your short zombie stories will you ever develop them into books. There are several that stuck Read more [...]

Question Wednesday: The Publishing Part

On January 2nd I put out a call for questions (in conjunction with a contest) and many of you asked some great ones! Every Wednesday (until I run out of questions), I'll be answering them here! There may be ones that are related, so I'll answer multiple questions at once. You can always add a new questions to the queue by posting them as a comment here. Melissa asks: My question deals with publishing. I have been trying to get a book published for quite some time. I write for a Federal Newsletter Read more [...]

Question Wednesday: Research

On January 2nd I put out a call for questions (in conjunction with a contest) and many of you asked some great ones! Every Wednesday (until I run out of questions), I'll be answering them here! There may be ones that are related, so I'll answer multiple questions at once. You can always add a new questions to the queue by posting them as a comment here. Jess asks: So my question is what level of research goes into each story? Like the Married with Zombies series vs Erotic Historical Fictions Read more [...]

The Dos and Don’ts of Genre Publishing

As a writer, I see a lot of questions and comments about writing and publishing. So I thought I'd address the topic of genre fiction today on the blog. Genre fiction mostly published in mass market paperback with wider distribution. The stories also follow some general genre guidelines. Westerns are set in… the West. Mysteries revolve around the solving of a crime (often murder) and usually end in the killer being caught. Paranormal books have something supernatural at their core that drives the Read more [...]

Question Wednesday: Zombie Bra POWER!!!

On January 2nd I put out a call for questions (in conjunction with a contest) and many of you asked some great ones! Every Wednesday (until I run out of questions), I'll be answering them here! There may be ones that are related, so I'll answer multiple questions at once. You can always add a new questions to the queue by posting them as a comment here. Mona asks: My question for you is, if you have some special piece of clothing that enhances your creativity like a lucky bra or zombie-pumps Read more [...]

Dear Authors: PLEASE don’t get ripped off!!!!!

So most of you probably don't know this, but from 1999-2010ish I ran a website for authors called The Passionate Pen. The site contained articles for writers, links to agents and publishers and a lot of other info for authors looking to publish romance (mostly) fiction. When I got busier and felt interest had waned, I stopped updating it, though much of the info is still there and every once in a while I think about restarting it. Recently, my husband has taken his duties as my own assistant and Read more [...]

Comedy in Fiction

So I'm a bit of a multiple personality. Sybil might be my next pen name. I write dark, erotic historical romance as Jess Michaels... not funny. But in 2009, I had an idea for a different kind of story. With zombies. And it ended up being hilarious. But I also felt like the humor in Married With Zombies served a purpose beyond entertaining myself. Why? First, humor brings reality to a story. Most of us are not entirely angst-driven. We crack jokes, often inappropriate jokes, in our darkest moments. Read more [...]

Question Wednesday: In the ZONE

On January 2nd I put out a call for questions (in conjunction with a contest) and many of you asked some great ones! Every Wednesday (until I run out of questions), I'll be answering them here! There may be ones that are related, so I'll answer multiple questions at once. You can always add a new questions to the queue by posting them as a comment here. Ben Buckley says: When you start to write a new book, what steps do you take to get yourself in the zone? Love the books! Can’t wait for Read more [...]

Write What You Know… Or Not

A few weeks ago, I was part of the Tucson Festival of Books and one of the panels I was assigned to was "Write What You Know". We don't actually pick our topics, so I laughed when I saw it because it's so far from how I feel about writing. This is what I said during my part of the panel: I've never understood the whole concept of write what you know. If I did that I'd write about hanging out with my cats all day (Michael said I should have added and watching Maury, which would have been funny, Read more [...]