“Keep your head up. Keep your heart strong.”
I’m SO excited to have you here! So much so that my Midwestern hospitality requires me to offer you something to drink. Sadly, since this is a virtual visit, I guess you’ll have to get it yourself. (I’ll wait.)
I assume you’ve come to find out a bit more about me. Maybe learn what made me start writing seriously. Well, not “seriously” per se, I do like to tickle a funny bone now and again, but seriously as in “writing with the intent of being published.” I’ll do my best to inform and entertain you.
A former job-hopper, I’ve earned minimum wage almost everywhere. The mall, a fast-food chain, a drug store, a pet shop, an Australian-themed restaurant (G’day, Mate!). I even tried my hand at becoming a real-life college student. (I have an impressive Associate’s degree in graphic design that I dust off every once in a while.)
As far as writing, well, I’ve always written, but I am nothing if not consistently inconsistent. The stories I wrote never amounted to more than a meandering chapter or two before they petered off and I returned to my regularly scheduled life.
Then came the chunk of self-employment that changed how I looked at everything. Like Crickitt (my heroine from my debut novel Tempting the Billionaire) I worked in direct sales for several years. Forget college. Fulltime direct sales was hands-on training for running a business! But as much as I loved it, once again I found myself unfulfilled. Was there such a thing as a dream job? Or would searching for it turn out as fruitless as a Bigfoot hunt?
My quest to find out began in January of 2010 when I committed to FINISHING A BOOK. Naively, I thought this was step 1 in a 2-step process. 1) Finish. 2) Publish.
Yeah, it doesn’t work that way. Also: ha ha! Hahahahahhaaa! Turns out there are a few (hundred?) steps in between.
But you know what? For me, every step has been worth it. I’m embarking on an adventure bigger than I ever imagined, and I couldn’t be happier. I finally feel like my creativity has gone to a good home.
All joking aside, I hope you find the place in your life where passion meets purpose. Whether you are a mother, a firefighter, or you make those little multi-colored pipe cleaners that my nieces and nephews twist into Christmas ornaments each year, I believe finding passion in what you do is the most important ingredient for a life well lived.
I LOVE to hear from readers! Don’t hesitate to contact me and share a little about yourself. You can also find me loitering on the vast and time-sucking interwebs. Links to my various hangouts are at the top of this page.
Thanks again, and hey, while you’re up, will you refill my drink?
A former job-hopper, Jessica Lemmon resides in Ohio with her husband and rescue dog. She holds a degree in graphic design currently gathering dust in an impressive frame. When she’s not writing super-sexy heroes, she can be found cooking, drawing, drinking coffee (okay, wine), and eating potato chips. She firmly believes God gifts us with talents for a purpose, and with His help, you can create the life you want.
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Jessica Lemmon is a contemporary romance writer, artist, dreamer, wife, and den mother to a rescue dog. You can learn more about her sexy heroes and the women who fall for them at www.jessicalemmon.com.
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