Mason Cooley said, “Reading gives us some place to go when we have to stay where we are.”
A Center Stage Moment shines a spotlight on writers who give us great places to visit with the characters we love and want to call friends.
Today, I have the pleasure of introducing to you Jessica Cage!
Born and raised in Chicago, IL, writing has always been a passion for Jessica Cage. She dabbles in artistic creations of all sorts but at the end of the day, it’s the pen that her hand itches to hold. Jessica had never considered following her dream to be a writer because she was told far too often “There is no money in writing.” So she chose the path most often traveled. During pregnancy she asked herself an important question. How would she be able to inspire her unborn son to follow his dreams and reach for the stars, if she never had the guts to do it herself? Jessica decided to take a risk and unleash the plethora of characters and their crazy adventurous worlds that had previously existed only in her mind, into the realm of readers. She did this with hopes to inspire not only her son but herself. Inviting the world to tag along on her journey to become the writer she has always wanted to be. She hopes to continue writing and bringing her signature Caged Fantasies to readers everywhere.
Have you always wanted to be a writer? Yes, though I drifted away from time to time. I had many creative pursuits but I always came back to writing. There were so many stories I had in my head. I would write them down in notebooks. I dreamed of being a writer, but was convinced to go another direction for my career choice. Glad I’ve come back to my first love.
Why did you choose to write your genre? I grew up in a household where sci-fi and fantasy reigned supreme! There was really no other option for me.
What is the strangest story you’ve ever written? The inner workings of the mind of a serial killer. That and the properties of blood during the process of coagulating. [Eeewww! We have a winner!]
What are you currently working on? Finishing touches on my book, The Sphinx, The untold story. It will be releasing this September in the Fire & Fantasy Anthology! [Congrats!]
What motivated the plot of your latest book? Curiosity and long time inner speculations on both. I finally decided to bite the bullet and shift focus, I will have to turn back soon, I have a few projects that need completion!
What was the hardest story for you to write? The Sphinx. I had to do so much research to make sure I got not one bit of the mythology incorrect. I refused to have people hunting me down for mixing up names, locations, or timelines. [Totally understood. I’m writing a PNR with Egyptian mythology. I keep an Ancient Egypt book on my desk.]
What process do you use to plan your novels? I have no real plan. [A pantser!] They all happen differently, organically. Some come to me in one burst, I know beginning to end, and others trickle in. I usually complete a skeleton of the story and then go back and let the characters fill me in on all the meat, the good stuff!
Who has been your favorite character to write and why? Syrinada of The Siren Series. She challenged me the most as she was my first character that refused to be PG! She had a lot to overcome and in the end to totally made me proud!
Do any of your characters reflect facets of your personality? I believe they do, but it’s NEVER intentional.
Have you ever experienced writer’s block? If so, how did you overcome it? Yes. I used to turn away, go do something else. Now I try to stick it out, try to build better habits with my scheduling. I don’t force the topic at all, I’ll just jump to another scene and then try to tie it all together in the end..
If you were to choose another genre to write in, what would it be? Mystery and Suspense. I love throwing in a good twist, and my books, though they are fantasy, often have them. If only I could stop my characters from producing magical powers!
Which authors inspire you? L.A Banks, JK Rowlings, P.C. and Kristen Cast. I love how they build worlds, challenge the norm. I hope to someday be that powerful in my writing.
What novel would you read multiple times? Twilight, yep! Lol Also anything by LA Banks.
If you could meet anyone in the world, alive or deceased, who would it be and why? (Person could be a fictional character) Does it have to be one person? Gosh, I have so many, but I would have to go with L.A Banks (I’ve mentioned her often here). I would love to pick her brain as one of the first women of color to write in my genre and make it big. I have so many questions! [Nice choice!]
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What is your favorite animal, real or imaginary? Dolphins AKA Mermaids! lol
What is your favorite color? Blues in all tones 🙂
When you’re not writing… I am hoping to transition to full-time soon, but currently I do maintain a day job.
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Join me next time when Jody Pardo will be stopping by!