It’s part 3! And we have the lovely Jes Drew with us today!
1. Well, there was the phase when writing to be an author was part of me wanting to be everything at once, and then there was the stage where I realized that was all I was really good at. The latter began when I was fourteen.
2. Targets is about Emily Rogers dealing with what should be downtime with her family after a stressful summer- but instead the stakes are higher than ever before. Even deeper than that, though, it is a processing of many of the heartbreaks and disappointments I faced during the long gestation of the Castaways trilogy. And in a way, if you don’t mind me getting all philosophical, it’s every [wo]man dealing with living a normal life- and the fear that it could all be gone in a moment.
3. Well, Targets just seemed like the natural conclusion to the first two books. That’s where the basic idea came from, anyway. How that idea was shaped was, as I said, what I had to deal with personally during that time. I just shared it all with Emily, because I’m nice like that.
4. This book is for everyone, but especially the lonely teenagers like I was, and for everyone dealing with hardships of any kind. I want them to see that it will not always be like that- everything to its season- and that they are not alone.
5. I have written ten other books that are published, and all are available on Amazon in both ebook and print.
6. You can connect with me both on Goodreads at https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/8405352.Jes_Drew and at my part-time blog Pause for Tales at http://pausefortales.blogspot.com/.
7. My advice to young writers would be 1 Timothy 4:12- Let no one despise you for your youth, but set believers every an example in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity.
Also, keep your imagination ready at all times, read and analyze what you read, and don’t be afraid to write what you want even if it breaks the mold. God gave you your quirks for a reason.