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An interview with author Jessica Tornese

Dear LA Teacher,

Linked Through Time is an absorbing YA novel with riveting characters and a fascinating arc that will keep readers turning pages.
Solstice Publishing
Destroyed Through Time
Solstice Publishing

In August I start my senior year of high school. I’m thinking about becoming a writer. What can you tell us about the writer’s life before I take the leap?
Curious Senior

Dear Curious Senior,

Jessica Tornese is the highly respected author of the Linked Through Time trilogy. She grew up in Baudette, Minnesota and used that setting as the basis for her novels. She enjoys reading, scrapbooking, playing volleyball, and she even relishes extreme outdoor sports like caving, ziplining, and white water rafting. Here is what she has to say about the writer’s life:

1.Tell us something about yourself and how you became a writer.
I have always loved reading and writing. I would come up with the most depressing and deranged stories in middle school and high school. I was into VC Andrews, and Christopher Pike and things like that. It wasn’t until after I got married and became a stay at home mom that I really became moved to write. I wanted to use my brain in a way that didn’t require diapers and laundry. I was also feeling very nostalgic and sentimental about my family, which inspired my first books to include them.

2. Tell us about your novel and where readers can purchase a copy.
My books are available on Amazon- Linked Through Time is the first in the ‘Linked’ series. Lost Through Time is the second, and Destroyed Through Time will be available June 3rd in ebook and June 21st in paperback. They are all based on Kate Christenson, a young girl who accidentally travels back in time- only to reveal dark family secrets and a villain intent on changing more than one character’s life.

3. What are your other published books and tell us a little about each?
I do have a self -published children’s book, M&M Twins-Lost in Browser Cave. It’s a fun adventure based on my real life caving experiences. I plan on writing a sequel soon- I have a lot of dedicated young fans waiting for it!

4. Tell us a little about your road to publication. Was it a long one? Do you have an agent? In your opinion are they even necessary?
I don’t have an agent. I once tried to get one, but no one ever contacted me back, so I figured it was a sign to go out on my own. I sent my manuscripts out to a wide range of publishers and didn’t hear back for a while, but Solstice picked up Linked Through Time and I continued it into a series that they kept investing in. I was pretty thrilled about that! I think the publishing part was the easiest compared to writing the story and marketing it!

5. How much of the marketing do you do?
I have done what I can. I am still trying to figure out social media and how to reach people. I think Goodreads helped when I advertised a giveaway, but I am not sure of results on Facebook and Twitter. I have paid for some advertising and learned a painful lesson- magazine ads (Expensive!) got me zero sales. However, mass email type soliciting, like on Bookbub, did really well, and that was a lot less in cost. I have given away tons of books for reviews, and I am going to keep giving. I just want people to read, and keep reading!

6. Anything you’ve found to be particularly helpful in marketing your book(s)?
Goodreads and mass emails to a specific audience.

7. Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
I am a family girl, so I guess I would like for people to sense that in my stories. Also, I want my readers to have fun and escape a little bit- that’s why I read books!

8. What would you like readers to know about you?
I am trying to experience life as much as I can. I will try most anything once, which is how I started writing. I love being outdoors, camping, snuggling with my kids at a movie, reading books on the beach, playing volleyball, sewing...I hope I can do more traveling in the near future. I would like to see Italy, Scotland, Spain, and Germany. (Mostly because of books I have read.)

9. Where can readers find you? Facebook? Twitter? Website? Etc.
I have a website with information about my books, but more importantly, I try to introduce new authors and their works on the site. I usually offer sneak peeks into the books so people can see if they might like the story. I am also on twitter at @jltornese and I am on Facebook under the name Linked Through Time. I would love it if readers would find me on Goodreads as well, under Jessica Tornese.

10. What did I forget to ask that you’d like to respond to?
I always like for people to interact with me about books. If you want to just send me a book suggestion, or a favorite author- I am all about it. I just love talking books! Pop by my website and leave a comment, or my Facebook page, or find me on Goodreads! Always looking for that next great book hangover.

After a decade of her life wasted in a futile search, Kate Christenson returns to Baudette, Minnesota to face more than just her failure. Broken relationships, broken hearts, and a slew of unanswered questions plagues her every move. Guilt and fear have turned her cynical and distrusting, and most of all, have left her alone.
When she encounters a stranger with the same hourglass birthmark, the past she has desperately tried to suppress comes roaring back with a vengeance. Hungry for answers, Kate pursues the stranger, eager to find another like herself.

But the answers she gets are beyond any she can imagine, derailing every idea she’s ever had about time travel. Who is really alive? And who is really dead? What can be changed? And what is forever broken?

When Mary disappears, Kate is thrust into a race against time itself. But this time, it’s more than just one life on the line.

I read the first two Linked Through Time novels and can’t wait to read the third.

So now you have some idea what it’s like to be a writer. It’s about experiencing life, writing about those experiences, and authors like Tornese, take those experiences and fictionalizes them into exciting stories you can't put down. It’s a fun life. Sound like something you’d like to do?

Best wishes,
LA Teacher

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