Congratulations to Jescie Hall, winner of Inkitt’s New Year, New Genre Writing Contest!
Welcome Jescie! We’re really excited to get to know you better and learn more about your work.
Can you tell us a little about yourself?
I’m Jescie Hall, author of A Sliver of Infinite,The Players Series, and Hawke. Currently, I’m a Veterinary Technician and mom by day and an author by night. I have a passion for science, astrophysics, and psychology, as well as a constant desire to express myself creatively. Writing for me has not only been an amazing release for all of my many creative desires, but also a gateway towards meeting new amazing friends and some of the most kind hearted readers. I’m beyond thankful for the amazing support I’ve received thus far and can’t wait to see where this passion for creating new worlds with words takes me.
Can you give us a sneak peek of your winning story, Players?
Toren Hollingsworth is the quintessential playboy. Voted most eligible bachelor, he’s sexy, young, and ridiculously rich. Women are disposable to him. Except the one that disposed of him.
Enter Scarlett Smith.
Scarlett is a single woman living in New York City as an anonymous artist under the name Scars. Needing a man is not in her playbook. She plays the game as good as any of the boys, however, the one she desperately fights to get away from keeps finding his way back.
Who wins in the fight against fate? The players? Or the game?
When did you start writing?
It wasn’t until October, 2019 that I had actually written and typed up my very first novel, A Sliver of Infinite. The inspiration came from reading many books that I truly enjoyed, but didn’t quite scratch the itch I needed scratched. I have a passion for psychology, astrophysics, and romance that knows no bounds. I wanted to read a book that dove into the depths of all of those categories, but hadn’t found one that touched on the difficult topics that were raw, real, and beautiful, as life often is. I had decided then and there to begin my writing journey and complete my first book.
What is your writing routine like? Do you have a favorite place to work? Do you write everyday?
My writing routine is entirely sporadic. As a stay at home mother, writing comes whenever I have the time. Some days you are given more freedom than others. I almost always make time to write at least once a day. Late at night or early mornings are generally when the time is right and the inspiration flows. As far as a favorite place, all I can say is wherever music is available, I’m in the zone. Whether it’s on the kitchen table or in my bed late at night, it truly doesn’t matter. Wherever I am with my playlist on repeat, I’m already mentally in my writing lab.
Where did the idea for Players come from? Did you have the ending in mind when you began, or did it surprise you?
The idea for Players stemmed from a fair amount of personal experience. I’ve always loved the idea of a character who came from many setbacks and paved her own way without the societal standards dulling her light. I wanted to see a flip in the script and truly embrace and showcase a story of a woman scorned, who could be as heartless and ruthless as the stereotypical man. Along with that, the comedy of it all was an absolute must, as everything is better with humor. The ending came as a total surprise to me. I’m a pantser, meaning I write on the fly and let the characters take me where they want to go. The way it all panned out was nothing short of magic.
What’s the best writing advice you’ve ever received?
The best writing advice I’ve ever received was this: Write your truth and believe in it, and if your mother doesn’t like it, too bad – a quote from Walter Mosley. At one point in my writing journey, I thought that maybe I should shift my stories to appease the audience and make endings that people expected, to keep them happy and comfortable. I thought about changing my stories, so the endless supply of rainbows and butterflies would keep people content in their squishy bubbles. But I didn’t and I’m beyond thankful for that. I kept it real, raw, and beautiful, just as real life often is.
Writing the way I want to write with no inhibitions and focusing on difficult, or seemingly uncomfortable topics, created stories that were deep, emotionally moving, and heartbreakingly beautiful that might have not been had I tried to appease. I continue with that drive, to write for me and my truth, and I plan to carry on with that moving forward.
How about the worst writing advice?
The worst advice I received was to fight writer’s block. I never force a story. If it’s not coming to be at the moment, I step away. I clear my head and find different sources of creative energy. Whether that be from a new Netflix series, reading a book from a different genre, watching a deeply moving film, or listening to an album I feel to my core. Sometime’s the brain needs time to sort out all the ideas that are constantly flowing through it, and stepping away instead of forcing it makes the magic flow more naturally.
What are you currently working on?
I have a few different pieces in the works at the moment. Which writer doesn’t have ideas floating around in their brain just waiting to be dropped to the page? I’m currently still writing book three of The Players Series, Partners. I’m also writing another stand alone novel entitled Hawke, which is a twisted romance involving deception, secrets, and forbidden desires. You can find both books available on my Inkitt page in which I update multiple times a week!
Interested in learning more?