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.
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.
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.