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?
Jessica Lemmon has always been a dreamer. At some point, she decided head-in-the-clouds thinking was childish and went out and got herself a job. …And then she got another one because that one was lousy. And when that one stopped being fulfilling, she went out and got another …and another.
Soon it became apparent she’d only be truly happy doing what she loved. And since “eating potato chips” isn’t a viable career, she opted to become a writer. With fire in her heart, she dusted off a book she’d started years prior, finished it, and submitted it. It may have been the worst book ever, but it didn’t stop her from writing another one. Now she has several books finished, several more started, and even more marinating in her brain (which currently resides in the clouds, thankyouverymuch), and she couldn’t be happier.
She firmly believes God gifts us with talents for a purpose, and with His help, you can create the life you want.
So You Wanna Be a Writer
While I don’t have all the answers, I do like to share what I learned on my own journey from unpublished to published author. For more details, blogs, and book recommendations, click HERE.
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