Ladies and gents, welcome to Ica’s world.
I’m pleased to introduce my guest of the week, talented author Gisell DeJesus.
Gisell resides in Pencil-Vania where she was born and raised. She has worked as a hairstylist since 1999, but her passion for makeup, beauty products, wine and especially reading books drove her into the world of writing.
Ica: Tell us the three most important things we should know about you as a person and as a writer.
Gisell: Writing is hard for me and Spanish is my first language. I give it all I got in anything I do I in life. I work really hard into making my dreams come true and I like to help people where I can.
Ica: That is so wonderful. We need more people like you in the world. Gisell, what are three life memories you recall most frequently? Why?
Gisell: Years of speech therapy when I was a kid because I was born without a cleft palate. My other two memories was the births of my two amazing daughters. I love them with all my heart!
Ica: You are a romance author. When did you start writing? Walk me through the step-by-step process that you went through to get to where you are today. What was the first thing you did? Next?
Gisell: I always wanted to write a novel. A romantic one. I never took time to start. I was a single, young mother so my time was limited. One day last year I said to myself, you know what I think it is time. It took me a whole month to start but I finally sat with a paper and pencil.
Ica: We’re all dying to hear about your book. Tell us about it.
Gisell: It is called Conflict Of Interest and it is with an alpha male. He is controlling but in a good way and you might want to kick his butt but you will love him at the end.
Ica: Is there any other work in progress we should know about?
Gisell: I currently finish book 2 for Conflict Of Interest and hopefully will be up in amazon by the 15th of May 2015. I also started another book idea. The tittle will be Shiraz hopefully sometime in the summer will be in amazon.
Ica: I love the cover, and you’re a busy girl. That’s great. Now, tell me which one of your characters did you have the most fun creating? Why? Is there anything you would change about him/her now?
Gisell: I love Evan. I think he is perfect. Hot, successful and dominant. Can’t get any perfect than that.
Ica: What’s the one habit you are guilty of doing too often while writing?
Gisell: I write long sentences. I forget the period and I have to come back and re-read again before continuing to the next paragraph.
Ica: Most likely every writer experiences a writer’s block. Have you ever had one? How did you handle it?
Gisell: I hear music and watch lots of movies. I have to stay inspired. I also read many books.
Ica: Sometimes writers, and I hear this daily, hit a patch where they think they’re not good enough; they are not cut for this, etc. Have you ever experienced this? What were the things you told yourself that kept you going?
Gisell: I do. All the time. Like I said my first language was Spanish so I write sentences backwards. You can’t make everyone happy so that’s how I overcome that emotion.
Ica: I can definitely relate to that. English is my second language. As we all know being an author nowadays does not stop at writing a stunner manuscript. If a new writer walked up to you asking for your advice and you only had a few minutes to give ‘em your best tip, what would it be?
Gisell: Just write, write, write. Whatever is in your head. We will come back later and proof read. Just write.
Ica: What is/are your favorite book(s)/author(s)? Had (s)he/they inspired your own writing? How?
Gisell: I love fifty shades and EL James writing. It was an easy read and well put together. I love dark duet by CJ Roberts I would love to write as dark one day.
Ica: Considering the last three to five years, what do you think will be the next big change in publishing?
Gisell: I am really new to this writer’s world but I think there will be more and more indies without needing publishes. Authors are working hard without the help of them.
Ica: Anything else you would like to add?
Gisell: There are many good books out there from writers and they get discouraged because maybe they cannot afford a good editor. So they have to work with what they have. So for us readers, there’s no need to kill these people with horrible reviews about the editing issues. Try to bypass that and give the book a chance. Maybe it will be an awesome story. I loved writing my story and I hope you like it too.
Ica: It was so wonderful to chat with you, Gisell. Thank you for being here, and good luck with your books.
Gisell’s contact and buy links
Gisell DeJesus author of Conflict Of Interest