What do you like to do when you’re not writing?
When I’m not writing I am working full time in a recruitment consultancy company based in Manchester City Centre. When I’m not working, or writing I enjoy spending time with my friends and family, drinking copious amounts of cocktails and dining out.
How would you describe your writing style?
A lot of bloodshed mixed with dry, British humour.
How important are names to you in your books? Do you choose the names based on liking the way it sounds or the meaning?
I am a very spontaneous person. I don’t put too much thought into character names, I tend to think more about the storyline. If I come across a name I like, or hear someone say a name, I’ll just make a mental note and use that.
Writing, is not a static process, how have you developed as a writer over the years?
I feel like I have learned a lot over the years, if anything I’ve noticed that my vocabulary has grown. If anything, becoming a writer has made me a lot more well-spoken.
What tools do you feel are must-haves for writers?
A desktop computer and Google Street view! When describing locations in my books, Google Street view and Google Maps were a lifesaver.
Getting your worked noticed is one of the hardest things for a writer to achieve, how have you tried to approach this subject?
There are a lot of authors out there, each striving to become the next J.K Rowling. I use social media to try and get my messages across. I’ve learnt the best way to get noticed is to engage and try to stand out from the crowd. I take my books nearly everywhere with me, you never know when you can snap the perfect picture with it.
For those who haven’t read any of your books, which of your books do you think best represents your work and why?
I think all my books have elements of me in them. Whilst writing I always had to ask myself, what would I do and how would I react in this situation?
Jessica Ward – Author of E-Virus The Diary of a Modern Day Girl
Set in the familiar locations of Cheshire, the world of this tech savvy, shoe loving Cheshire Girl is thrown into complete chaos as the E-Virus spreads through the Nation, where she has to fight for survival in a post-apocalyptic wasteland in a world where the dead just won’t stay dead.