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Jessica Jefferson: Chasing the Other Tisdale

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Author Insights into Chasing the Other Tisdale

by Jessica Jefferson

Writing as therapy could have been the other name for this novel.

I am a big fan of the “wallflower” concept in historical romance. What woman hasn’t had at least one moment in her life where she felt trapped behind the sidelines, feeling out of her element and easily glossed over?

I was a fairly chunky kid and during the first part of elementary school, my family moved around a lot. We eventually settled in a small town, but many of the kids I attended school with had been together since before kindergarten. It’s hard to break into that kind of environment.

As I grew older, I became more confident with my personality, but less and less confident with my looks. I modeled my heroine Lilly much after myself. Lilly is everyone’s favorite, but still a disaster when it comes to boys. I always compensated with my other short-comings by trying to be the funniest kid in class, just like Lilly.

I can’t say that I modeled my hero, Will, after one guy or another. But his encounters with Lilly are similar to those I have experienced in my past—with some artistic embellishment of course. There was a fairly popular guy at my high school, a few grade levels ahead of me, a real jock type. He made a mooing sound at me once in the hallway. Granted, it could have been in reference to any number of fat kids, but I felt as if it was only meant for me. Years later I met him again while we were both working one of those college-aged mall jobs. I was older and had slimmed out a bit, but he was the same good looking guy he always was. We ended up dating. Nothing serious, just a couple of people who liked to watch movies and occasionally make out. It was the ultimate “chunky girl made good fantasy”, and I made sure to include a similar circumstance in Chasing the Other Tisdale.

A few years later I met my husband. We started out as just friends, having a few mutual acquaintances and attending the same college. At one point we were dating other people, and I remember his girlfriend being one of those petite, buxom types that I don’t typically stand too close to for fear of comparison. He broke up with her and a few months later, I found myself single and more than a little interested in my friend. But, that’s all we were. Now, I’m fairly tall and even at my thinnest, the term “big-boned” comes to mind. Having known who he’d dated before me, I’d be lying if I didn’t feel the slightest bit self-conscious and reluctant to make the first move. One night while we were watching a movie, he looked at me with dreamy eyes and told me, “I love your personality.”

He meant it as a compliment. We had a ton in common and I knew he really enjoyed having someone he could talk to. But at that moment in time, I would have given anything for him to tell me that he wanted me as a wanton sex object and not just as a cool chic to hang out with!

And that is the moment in my life that inspired a fairly large section of dialogue in which our heroine throws a tantrum after hearing how much the hero values their friendship. I feel like offering myself and bits and pieces of my own life into my books helps give them an air of authenticity that I don’t believe would be there otherwise.

About Chasing the Other Tisdale

She’s the other sister…

Overshadowed by the beauty of her older sister, Lillian is better known as the other Tisdale; unremarkable and unsure how she will ever deliver on the promise of her family’s name.

He’s a rake in need of reforming…

Will Colton leads a frivolous existence, embracing notoriety instead of managing his family’s fortune. Determined to forget his financial burden and his father’s growing resentment, he maintains a lifestyle dedicated to pleasure and self-indulgence. When Will is invited to the Tisdale estate for an extended holiday, he never expects to become friends with the forgettable Lillian. But when a family secret comes to light, he must choose between leaving London and protecting the honor of one woman or staying and risking the reputation of another.

Upon his return, Will finds the girl he left behind has come out of the shadows and into her own. Lillian’s finally the center of attention, and not all of it good. With his own reputation in tatters, can a reformed rake lure her out of the hands of London’s bachelors and back into his own arms? Can he escape his past and reclaim her heart, or has he lost her forever?

Chasing the Other Tisdale, Compromising Miss Tisdale and Taming Miss Tisdale from Soul Mate Publishing are all available now on Amazon.

Excerpt

When Lillian Tisdale dreamt of that magical moment when she would fall in love, she never imagined that it would be so sudden, so complete, or so…

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Lilly, as she was more commonly known, sat cradled in between a large branch and the massive trunk of the hundred year old willow tree near the pond at Brightly, her family’s ancestral estate. She set her sketch book and charcoal pencil down on the branch and took a moment to appreciate the scenery before her. Brightly was noted for its lush gardens and rolling green hills, and she found it impossible to imagine any other property in England being as lovely.

This was her favorite tree, had been for years, and one of the only places she could disappear to when she felt the need for a respite from her three sisters and older brother. She relished the quiet of her hiding place, the silence disturbed only by the soft wind skimming the pond, the rustling of the leaves in the oak groves, and the occasional coo of a nesting bird.

“You naughty minx!”

Lilly startled, the unexpected sound of a man’s voice coming from out of nowhere. She steadied herself against the branch in front of her, knocking her sketchbook onto the ground in the process. She sighed, doubting the book would survive the fall intact. She’d spent the last of her pin money on that sketchbook and wouldn’t be able to afford a new one for at least a month. Her parents, for all their wealth, were sticklers when it came to their children’s allowances.

“You’re a wicked, wicked man, Mr. Colton!”

This time, the voice was distinctly female and the name she mentioned sounded familiar…

About the Author

AuthorPhoto_ChasingTheOtherTisdale copyJessica Jefferson makes her home in northern Indiana, or as she likes to think of it—almost Chicago. She is heavily inspired by classic sweeping, historical romance novels, but aims to take those key emotional elements and inject a fresh blend of quick dialogue and comedy. She invites you to visit her at jessicajefferson.com and read more of her random romance musings.

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Taming Miss Tisdale: Jessica Jefferson

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Susana: What inspired you to start writing?

Jessica: I always wanted to write professionally. I started college thinking that’s what I was going to be doing, but then life happened. After that, it really was a question of when I was willing to finally take the plunge. A couple years ago I was reading a book and thought – why not now?

Susana: How long have you been writing?

Jessica: Since I was little. But it wasn’t till I was an adult that I decided – why not romance?  I love reading it, why would I write anything else?

Susana: What advice would you give to writers just starting out?

MEDIA KIT Jessica Jefferson Author Pic copyJessica: Find an honest critique partner. You have your mother to tell you what you want to hear, you need someone to tell you what you need to hear.

Susana: Do you ever suffer from writer’s block? If so, what do you do about it?

Jessica: I do. It’s unfortunate and usually has the most inconvenient timing. I listen to music, watch movies. Sometimes that helps me find inspiration.

Susana: What comes first: the plot or the characters?

Jessica: Chicken or egg? Each book has been different for me. The first book was plot, the second book was characters. I prefer going the route of plot first, though.

Susana: Are you a plotter or a pantser?

Jessica: I plot with post-its, the entire book – chapter by chapter.  And then I start writing and it all goes awry!

Susana: Tell us something about your newest release that is NOT in the blurb.

Jessica: The hero has a seizure disorder. I wanted to create a hero that wasn’t the perfect alpha male so took a chance.

Susana: Are you working on something at present that you would like to tell us about?

Jessica: I’m working on book three in the Tisdale series. It’s the story of Lilly, the ugly duckling who falls in love with an unattainable man.

Susana: What are you reading now?

Jessica: I just finished Lisa Kleypas’ Smooth Talking Stranger. What a good book!  I’m really thinking of starting Outlander, but I’m afraid of the commitment. There’s a lot of books in that series and once I start, I can’t stop.

Susana: What author or authors have most influenced your writing?

Jessica: Kathleen Woodiwiss – she’s the queen of historical romance and it’s impossible to not be inspired by her sagas.

Susana: What is your work schedule like when writing?

Jessica: I try to write when I can. I have some days set aside where that’s my only responsibility. It’s hard to fit it all in though – kids, family time, social media, edits, reading, and then writing.

Susana: What did you want to be when you grew up?

Jessica: I wanted to be a writer. Or a secretary. I would set up my desk and pretend to type, send out memos, and file papers.

Susana: What is your favorite food? Least favorite? Why?

Jessica: I love all food, so it’s hard to narrow that down. My least favorite is sushi – I’ve just never developed the taste. I think it may be a textural thing.

Susana: What is one thing your readers would be most surprised to learn about you?

Jessica: I have Mr. Darcy tattooed on my foot. I thought – what man has always been a presence in my life, and will never leave me? He was the only logical answer.

Susana: Is there a writer you idolize? If so, who?

Jessica: Judith McNaught. She did contemporary and historical, and did them so well.

About Taming Miss Tisdale

Miss Tamsin Tisdale believes herself to be completely unsuitable for London life. After a myriad of social mishaps, and the potential ruination of her family name, she’s shipped away to her cousin’s northern estate. Only after she comes to her senses will she be welcomed home.

Marcus Winston, the Duke of Grayson, has a lackluster reputation. The last in a dying line, he’s endured a protected life—rank with privilege, encumbered by isolation. After a brief encounter with rebellion, he learns the devastating consequences of his carelessness and willingly accepts living life from inside his gilded cage.

However, a chance meeting with the brazen Miss Tisdale gives Marc the opportunity to reinvent himself into the man he’s always dreamed of being. When his deception comes to light, and ghosts from both their pasts threaten to unravel the intimacy they’ve come to cherish, will either of them set their fears aside long enough to embrace love? Or will Miss Tisdale’s stubbornness divide them?

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Excerpt

Marc watched the faint outline come across the dense morning fog, becoming more discernible as it approached. The tall, thin figure was riding along at a perilous speed, given the morning’s lack of visibility. He thought perhaps it was some gangly young man misguided in the fog. It wouldn’t be the first time someone accidentally stumbled upon the vast property that made up his family’s immodest estate.

MEDIA KIT TamingMissTisdale2_850 (1) copyThen the fog parted in an almost biblical manner, revealing his gross inaccuracy.

Were those … breasts?

Marc closed his eyes and thought for a moment. Typically, women didn’t ride alone at such an hour and they certainly didn’t wander unexpectedly across his property. It’d been quite a while, his last birthday to be exact, since his last intimate encounter with a woman—a gift, compliments of St. Regis—so there was always the possibility that perhaps his half-drunk, sex-starved mind had conjured up the sensual image.

He shook his head, opened his eyes, and looked back again toward the horizon.

Yes, those were most certainly breasts.

And she was most definitely not a young man. The woman’s riding habit pulled taut against her body as she raced toward him. Her hair was blowing behind her—various hues of auburn and gold, like wild flames curling about in the wind. Then a decidedly feminine voice burst through the morning’s silence, interrupting his self-doubt.

“Oh, thank goodness I found you!”

This was no mirage. She was indeed very real.

And very loud.

About the Author

Jessica Jefferson makes her home in northern Indiana, or as she likes to think of it—almost Chicago.  She is heavily inspired by classic sweeping, historical romance novels, but aims to take those key emotional elements and inject a fresh blend of quick dialogue and comedy.  She invites you to visit her at jessicajefferson.com and www.embracingromance.com and read more of her random romance musings.

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