Saturday, August 23, 2014

Author Spotlight: Jessica Page

Thanks to the magic of laptop computers and free hotel Wifi, this post is coming to you today from beautiful Flagstaff, AZ, where our youngest son is starting school at Northern Arizona University.

And now I'm pleased to welcome Jessica Page, author of The Agency:
Jessica Page
1. Tell us a little about yourself.
Let’s see… I’m Canadian… I’m a Virgo (yes I believe in astrology (don’t judge me))… I love pasta… I married my high school sweetheart. I speak French and English and I like to pretend I can understand Spanish (although three classes doesn’t mean you actually know the language). I have a very anxious personality which I have passed onto my animals. I have a dog (a husky) and two cats (that I am terribly allergic to but I love them so I suffer). I’m a political junkie (it is like high school but they wear suits) and I cry watching/reading books, songs, commercials and movies. And although they are incredibly interesting, I’m terrified of space and large bodies of water (although relaxing near a lake or ocean is one of my favorite things to do).

2. When did you start writing, and why?
I sort of always enjoyed storytelling and when I was little I would write and draw pictures for hours.  I always picked essays over exams in school and always loved writing poetry and often wrote down story ideas but lacked the confidence to actually write an entire story. I read a lot and one day in my mid-twenties I just decided that I finally didn’t care anymore and I would see if I could write a novel. I’ve only been writing novels for a few years so I’m still developing a style and getting the hang of it but like everything else practice makes perfect (or so I hear…).

3. What do you write, and why? What do you enjoy about what you write?
I often like to write from more than one characters POV (although not always) and I write mainly paranormal and contemporary romance fiction for adults. I like adult fiction romances because I find it less restrictive in that, I can use adult content (i.e. strong language, sexuality and violence) and not feel bad about it.  I try to ensure I use adult content in the right moments but when characters find themselves in intense situations I like for the reaction to be realistic. My hope is obviously that others will enjoy them too. Reading and writing for me is a distraction from life. I love to get lost in a story so I hope to provide that same distraction to others. I do also have a YA novel I’ve been working on but I’m not sure when I’ll complete it.

4. What is your latest book or series? Any forthcoming books?
The Agency is my debut novel and the first of the Agency Hunger Series. I’m currently working on the second novel to series (as well as few others) and my first romantic contemporary/suspense novel Misguided Target should be released in the near future (although I don’t have a release date yet).

5. "Welcome To My Worlds": Tell us a little about the world of your latest book or series.
My book is set in modern day New York City but there is an entire supernatural world which includes vampires, mages and werewolves that also exist. Their existence is kept a secret from humans (for obvious reasons) and only a few high ranking officials (i.e. Presidents, Prime Ministers, so on) around the world know of their existence. The Supernatural Enforcement and Control Agency is sort of like the ICC/CIA/FBI of the supernatural world. They have divisions all over the world and their goal is to monitor, control and manage supernaturals through their own laws and justice system. 

6. Introduce us to some of your characters. What do you like about them?
Harper Andrews is a mind reader who has no idea why she can do the things she can do. She ends up getting herself in a compromising situation (which is where she meets Reid) and discovers that there is a whole supernatural world within the human world that few know about. She discovers that she is a supernatural and she begins working for SECA. I like this character because she starts off a little lost and vulnerable in life and in her relationship with Reid (which I think many of us can relate to) but we follow as she finds her way and becomes a pretty badass.

Agent Reid Doyle is a vampire who is pretty much a jerk which likely has a lot to do with a painful past (which is again something we can all relate to). He thinks he has it all figured out but that all changes when he meets Harper. She’s different and he’s attracted to her which he isn’t happy about. We watch as their relationship develops both professionally and personally.

Agent Zoe Dagger gets an honorable mention because she’s a little bit of a vixen and has a way of getting Harper out of her shell. She’s hilarious while still being a hard edged/spunky werewolf who I think might be one of the most entertaining and interesting characters. I see her having a role in many of the books to come.

7. A fun fact you would like your readers to know about you or your book.
Fun fact about me: I have a twin brother who is one of my best friends and I also have an older brother and sister who are twins as well.

Picture The Agency:
HARPER ANDREWS, is a mind reader who has no idea how or why she is the way she is. After being saved by Agent Reid Doyle from a vampire attack she is introduced to a secret world guarded and protected by the Supernatural Enforcement and Control Agency (SECA). A world where vampires, werewolves and mages are normal and humans are at the bottom of the food chain. Things are not perfect but she finds herself thriving and feeling at home for the first time in her life.

AGENT REID DOYLE, is a vampire who likes his solitude so the last thing he wanted when he saved Harper was to have to spend more time with her. The fact that he's attracted to her is inconvenient and he resents having to be responsible for someone else. Losing another loved one is out of the question and he intends to avoid it at all cost.

Both Harper and Reid can't seem to turn off their attraction for one another and love, sex and blood have a way of complicating things quickly in their world. They need to stay focused and find out who's responsible for the vampire caused human murders with additional internal and external threats working against them. Choices will be made to protect the things and people they love, choices that will change everything, including each other.

The Agency is available at:

Amazon | Smashwords

About the Author:
I'm an avid reader (and dreamer) who hails from northern Ontario Canada where I live with my husband and fur babies. I hope my stories provide you with an escape and some entertainment for a little while (that's really all I can ask for).

Where to find Jessica:

Website | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads Amazon Author Page

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