Just Jeri – Music

Music plays a huge role in my writing process. I always have a station playing when I write and it’s filled with a very eclectic taste in music. If I am working on a particular hard scene or I don’t know where my story is going, I go old school and pop in a CD. Enrique Iglesias is the singer that seems to kick my brain in gear, but only if he is singing in Spanish. I know its strange and I can’t explain why, but it works. Now that’s the basic part of my writing process.

I have a playlist for each book I write. Seeking Perfect’s playlist was concocted with a variety of artists that you couldn’t imagine together. Every song meant something to the characters, Derek and Jesse. It could’ve been a song Jesse sang to Derek and vice versa. I picked some songs because they spoke to the overall theme of the book and its characters as well. I think music speaks those words from our hearts that we can’t seem to say out loud.  I’m putting up my Spotify playlist for Seeking Perfect. Let me know what you think and if you can figure out which songs are Jesse’s and which ones are Derek’s. 

Drop me a comment on your favorite music too.

Seeking Perfect

Jesse learned early not to trust a soul, but what if he was her soulmate?

Senior year of high school should be about friendship, boyfriends, and graduation, but for seventeen-year-old Jesse Barnes it’s about escaping the shame of life with an alcoholic mother. 

Jesse’s goals are clear: keep a roof over her head, avoid the revolving door of leering men her mother brings home, graduate from high school, and do everything possible to keep her home life secret. Friends, boyfriends: not an option. Who would understand?

Then perfect, popular Derek Aames sits with Jesse at lunch. How can she discourage him? How can she keep him from intruding on her life and discovering her secret? And most of all, how can she keep him out of her heart?

Will his persistence finally break down her walls, or just break her?

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Just Jeri – Fear

Spooky path into a forest
Image by Joe from Pixabay

Welcome to my First Blog Post! I promise I won’t be doing these often. I wanted to try out the feature on my website and talk about that four letter word, FEAR!

Having my book published has been a dream come true! How could it not be right? Well, let me tell you it has scared the beejeezus out of me.  When I started writing I had no intention of publishing because I had no faith in myself. You know that guy in the Da Vinci Code? The one with the whip? Yeah that’s me. Let’s just say I can leave some brutal marks on myself.

I wrote in ignorant bliss because I had no idea what I was doing. Jump forward to the actual release of my book. I will skip all the other drama that’s for another post. I learned so much about writing and everything I did wrong. It was ok, I like to learn and I was excited, but then something happened, fear walked in the door.

This year has seen me not write hardly anything because now I know things and I fear I am not good enough to write anymore.  I actually have finished 2 other suspense books, but I can’t seem to suck it up to edit them because of Fear.  I love writing! There are so many stories I want to tell, so I had to make a decision. I decided that I am happier writing then not and I refuse to let fear stop me any longer. I know I am not the only writer that struggles with this jerk, but I’m the only one who can do anything about it.

A friend once told me to change my F words from Fear to Faith. I need to have Faith that I am good enough. I need to have Faith that my stories serve a purpose. I hope all of you have Faith in yourself and don’t let Fear stop you.