Jessica R. Patch writes contemporary romantic suspense. Using humor and unusual twists, she brings flawed but redeemable characters through trials and triumphs while drawing out Biblical truths.
Jessica attended Central Bible College, where she met her husband, and now resides in the Mid-south. She has devoted her time to her local church, having served as a Biblical Studies teacher, Women’s Ministry leader, Regional Women’s Representative, and volunteer co-pastor with her husband of the Young Adult Ministry. She’s written Young Adult studies labeled “Patch Packets,” and many of her articles are published in her church’s newsletter, The Current. Before she decided to write full-time, she worked as an Academy Director for an early childhood education center.
When Jessica isn’t crashing into police cruisers, getting stuck on top of her fridge, or sneaking off to the movies with her husband, she enjoys embarrassing her tween daughter by wearing pajamas to take her to school and play-sword fighting with her six-year old son.
Jesse has agreed to help me introduce my new 3×5 interview. I presented her with nine questions about her writing. She was asked to answer 3 of them with 3×5 words (15 give or take), 3 with up to 5 bullet points each, and 3 with a maximum of 5 short paragraphs. After that, I asked her three questions with three answers each. At the end, she’s asked you one question, and you’ll be able to ask any you have for her. All for fun, and fun for all.
Jesse and Her Writing Journey
What led you to put fingers to keyboard and begin your first story?
I’ve had a story in my head since I was three. I acted them out in front of my mirror, used Barbies, and drew crowds of jr. high girls at lunch, where I spun stories about their lives with the boys they had crushes on. The older I became, I realized the greatest romance is with Jesus and I wanted to write stories that drew women closer to an intimate love relationship with Him.
How long have you been writing, and how many stories have you completed?
I’ve been writing since 2004. I’ve completed 13 stories.
What kinds of stories do you write?
• two contemporary romances
• a contemporary romance saga with suspenseful elements
• a romantic suspense series, which I’m currently still working on
What have been the high points of your writing journey so far?
I think every time someone reads my writing—whether a bible study, devotion from my blog, or a manuscript, and tells me how much it ministered to them it’s a high point. I also love to hear others talk about my characters as if they’re real. I know I’ve done my job. *smile*
What moment stands out as a major turning point on your journey?
Blogging. I’ve made some priceless relationships and wonderful opportunities have opened up. This one included! Thanks, Keli.
What aspects of writing do you find most challenging? Most rewarding?
The most challenging is finding balance. I tend to want to spend hours writing while my kids argue, my husband starves, and the dog whines at the backdoor. I might be slightly exaggerating—maybe not. God comes first, then my husband, my kids, and writing follows that. I try to keep it in check, but some days are harder than others.
When my fingers are on the keyboard, deeply flawed characters are coming to life, and God is moving through the chapters with relentless love, I know I’m right smack-dab in the heart of His will and that sense of joy and peace is the greatest reward.
What items do you have within arm’s reach when you’re writing?
• Lately, with this new series, a huge dry erase board a.k.a. The Murder Board. I like to look up and see all my notes on each suspect and be able to erase or add to it.
• Lots of Post-its
• A pen
• Ear buds for my Pandora stations
• A cup of coffee that usually gets cold.
Where do you do most of your writing?
I have a double size chair in the den with a side-table or I sit at my writing desk by my bed. But I can write anywhere and have.
Who have been the biggest supporters on your writing journey?
• My husband. He forks out money for conferences and other things I need. It’s his part in it since he’s not a writer, or even a reader.
• My mom cheers me on.
• A close-knit group of friends whose words have been like a constant IV drip giving me meds of encouragement.
• Excellent crit partners that challenge and stretch me.
3 Fun Questions for Jesse
If you were given $1,000, taken to your nearest mall, and told you had to spend all of the money on yourself in only 3 stores, which would they be?
Books-A-Million, Yankee Candle, and Gordmans where I can get clothing and home accessories in one place.
Of all the places you’ve been, which are your 3 favorites?
Rhode Island, Thailand, Bahamas—not necessarily in that order.
What are 3 of the most amazing things you’ve ever done?
Riding an elephant through a village in Burma was pretty amazing and terrifying, especially when the rider kept smacking him/her to go faster. I kept thinking, “Please stop hitting him! You’re gonna make him mad!”
Running my first 5K, only because I haven’t ran another one.
Spending my birthday at the Governor’s home in Chiang Rai, then eating dinner at the Hard Rock Café in Bangkok–minus the fish concoction they served and the stomach virus that hit me in the middle of the night. No, it wasn’t food poisoning. Well maybe it was.
Jesse’s Question for You
If you could pick a perfect place for a romantic evening, where would it be and why?
Jesse has generously offered to give away a $10 Starbuck’s gift card so you can enjoy a cup of joe or tea while you’re reading a good romance.
To enter the drawing, just leave a comment for Jesse by April 25th and enter your email address when prompted during the comment process. On April 26th, I will hold the drawing and post the winner’s name here as well and will contact her/him via email to get a mailing address.
Congratulations to Debra Jenkins, winner of the Starbuck’s gift card.
Note: Offer void where prohibited.
Odds of winning vary due to the number of entrants.
Prizes will be mailed to U.S. or Canadian addresses only.
Learn More About Jesse
Visit her personal blog ~ Jessica R. Patch: What Are You Doing Here?
Friend her on Facebook ~ Jessica Osborn Patch
Follow her on Twitter ~ @jessicarpatch