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AUTHOR INTERVIEW


What can we expect from you in the future? 
I just finished drafting the first instalment of a planned YA Fantasy trilogy. The working title of the first book is “Shirryn Elda: Awakening” and it’s a total departure from the paranormal / romance / mystery / suspense genres I’m used to writing in. But I wanted to write something I could share with my kids now. Last week I finished reading the draft to them and got that great warm & fuzzy feeling when my daughter said “Too bad Shirryn Elda’s not in the AR program mom, I’d make all my friends read it.” I plan to start writing book two and would like to have it close to finished before I publish the first installment. Meanwhile, I’ve got a couple other WIPs going. One is a sequel to Mirror, Mirror (which could be read as a standalone) and another is a fallen angel / redemption love story which takes place in the Mirror, Mirror universe and in which several of Mirror’s characters make cameo appearances.

Do you have any “side stories” about the characters? 
 There’s a little story in my head tying Mirror, Mirror and Desolation Gulch together and, eventually, I may write it out for y’all. I make no secret that Desolation Gulch involves psychics. One of the minor characters from Gulch, Audrey, mentions that she sometimes consults with police agencies on ‘special’ cases. Well, Detective Dan Johnston (from Mirror, Mirror) has an as-yet unscripted case involving the services of the psychic consultant Audrey. Dan is a skeptic, but after events in Mirror he’s sure to be a little more open to the concept of ‘alternate investigative techniques.’ I think it would be an absolute joy to write a mystery featuring these two!

Where were you born/grew up at? 
I was born and raised in the little Southern Oregon town of Grants Pass. My parents were California transplants back in the 70s and for the longest time Mom used to joke that I was the only native Oregonian she knew. I spent a few years after high school moving around Oregon, for college and work, eventually moving back to Grants Pass in 2001. I live in my grandmother’s former house, which is right next door to the house I grew up in. It’s really surreal watching your children play in the same trees I did, hike the same forest trails, walk through the same school hallways… I’m blessed!

What book do you think everyone should read?  
“Mine!” says every author in the history of the world.  But, in all seriousness, that’s an impossible question. There is no one-size-fits-everyone book. That’s what makes literature so important. There’s something out there for everyone. Keep reading and you’re guaranteed to find a book that speaks to your soul and gives you whatever it was you were needing in that moment.

Describe your writing style. 
Is fly by the seat of my pants a style? I’m a rule follower, but when it comes to my writing I despise rules. Outlines? Blech! Hate them, never use them. When a story idea comes to me, it’s usually like a skeleton. The bones are there (don’t you dare call it an outline!) and I know the general shape of the story. I like to think of it as knowing the destination but not the route I’m going to take to get there. Characters are usually pretty well visualized before I write a single word. This is all done in my head. I don’t write any of it down. I just know it, in my soul. Then I start filling in the gaps. If I want my characters to end up at point Z, how am I going to get them there and what can I do that’ll be interesting in between? I write in a very linear fashion, from start to finish. I can’t skip around and patchwork chapters together later. What makes this even more of a challenge? I’m never working on just one book at a time. I typically have two (if not three or four) books I’m writing simultaneously. I’ll work on one until the going gets tough, then stop, switch to another project (reading and editing what I have written so far before resuming it) until that story stalls, then swap again. By the time I finish a book, it’s been read and edited by me at least a half-dozen times before I don my official editor hat and have a go. Chaos? Maybe. But it works for me. 

Mirror, Mirror

by Jessica Jesinghaus
Genre: Paranormal Mystery Thriller


Nearly twenty years ago a teenage girl was murdered...



Samantha Williams was just a young girl when her cousin, Emily, was brutally raped and killed in her own home. As a child, Sam's family did their best to shelter her from the gruesome details. Now, working the crime beat for the Portland Tribune, Sam has the resources at her fingertips to investigate the case for herself.



Through the eyes of a killer...

After inheriting a family heirloom, an antique vanity table that once belonged to her murdered cousin, Sam begins seeing visions in the mirror's depths. Like watching an old home movie, she bears witness to Emily's murder. As if that weren't frightening enough, she starts to see other things too: fleeting glimpses of the killer himself! Are the things she sees just a figment of her imagination or could something otherworldly be trying to communicate with her? When the killer strikes again and leaves clues behind meant specifically for Sam it becomes a race against time to try to catch him.


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From the Shadow
by Jessica Jesinghaus
Genre: PNR Horror / Occult


What makes a man a monster?


For too long Jacob has lived in isolation. Forsaken by God and cursed by a Shadow, he is doomed to an eternity of solitude with only the demons of his past for company. For nearly two hundred years, he has longed for that which he knows he can never have: forgiveness, love, and redemption. 



A chance encounter could hold the key...

When Jacob meets Lynn, she shines a ray of hope across his bleak existence. But will she be strong enough to shoulder the truth of his past? Can she forgive the horrors he has wrought? Can she help him come to terms with his past and move with him into a brighter future?

An old nemesis threatens...

Confronted by an ancient enemy, Lynn and Jacob travel halfway around the world. There, they face the daunting task of sifting through ancient history for clues to their tormentor's weaknesses and a way to loose his grip on their future.

What good can come From the Shadow?


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Desolation Gulch
by Jessica Jesinghaus
Genre: Romantic Suspense 


Valerie knew fairytales weren't true... at least not the happily-ever-after kind. In her world, nothing ever worked out so neatly. Her life was full of dark secrets and deep hurt. Until she met Fallon. 

Somehow he could read her hidden chapters and he knew exactly how to turn her life into a dream.


But Fallon isn't everything he seems; he has dark secrets of his own.



When Valerie finds herself in a dangerous situation and must flee, it's a daunting task. With nowhere to run and no way to guarantee Fallon won't follow, Valerie finds herself stranded in a small Central Oregon town at the mercy of a handsome stranger. He promises to help her, but can anyone save her from desolation?

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Born and raised in Southern Oregon, Jessica has been writing since she was ten years old. She attended Willamette University with the intention of going to law school and becoming a criminal prosecutor. But, as is the way with life, plans changed. Since 2002 she has worked in the medical field and absolutely loves the challenges and positive impact she can have on the lives of others. She loves the outdoors and considers herself blessed to call Oregon her home. 


Following the birth of her second child, she committed herself to writing her first novel. Unfortunately for her, story ideas rarely present themselves one at a time and she often has two (if not three) manuscripts in progress at once. When she's not writing her own material, she enjoys reading a wide variety of books, many of them aloud to her husband and two children.





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About Mayor Sonni

Reader extraordinaire. Mayor of Readeropolis. Lover of books, lists, sweet tea, and vacations. Well, not necessarily in that order.
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