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Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Guest Post + Giveaway with Jessica E. Subject

Please welcome back great author and great friend, Jessica E. Subject. Jessica is throwing a blog tour for her new and exciting book The Zurian Child. She is here with me today to talk about how she brings her incredible characters to life. So please read her amazing post and see how you win a copy of this great book. Take it away Jessica!

Bringing Characters To Life

Thank you so much, Diana, for hosting me on your blog today. 

Before I sit down to write a story, I have a general idea of what the characters look like, and their basic back story. If I find myself stuck at any point during their tale, I may fill out a character questionnaire to learn more about them. When I’m writing a series though, I will be spending a lot more time with those characters, and therefore need to know everything about them. The questionnaires/interviews come in handy then, but I also make character collages. 

The collages take the information one would find in a character interview, and present it in a visual format. Therefore, I don’t have to flip through pages and pages to find out something simple like my character’s eye color.

Here are four collages I’ve done for my recent release, The Zurian Child.



The Zurian Child Blurb
Lindsay Beckett longed to be reunited with her first love, Quinn Montgomery, until she learns the secret that sent him fleeing from her in the first place. He’s an alien, a Hemera, and she’s half-Hemera herself. As if that wasn’t enough to ruin her dreams of a perfect life, when their child is born, they discover she fulfills a prophesy told twenty light years away and many years ago. Lindsay wants to ignore it, until her husband is murdered and suddenly believing becomes a matter of survival.
Lindsay and her young daughter are forced to rely on another Hemera, her husband’s partner and best friend, Bryce Beuermann as more and more of the Hemera are slaughtered. Bryce will do anything to help his best friend’s widow—including suppressing his own deep feelings for her. But he must prove they can trust him, even pretending he doesn’t want her with all his heart.

Book Trailer


Jessica E. Subject's Bio:

Jessica Subject started writing to encourage her daughter to read. Now she writes to keep herself grounded. Although she reads many genres, she enjoys writing Science Fiction Romance the most and believes everyone in the universe deserves a happily ever after. She lives Southwestern Ontario, Canada with her husband and two kids and loves to hear from anyone who has enjoyed her stories.

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As part of the tour, Jessica is giving away an ebook copy of her book to one lucky commenter. So please leave a comment for Jessica about the post or a question just for her. Also please make sure to leave your email address so we can contact you and give you your gift. For more tour stops and more chances to win, check out the tour schedule here:


  1. Hi, Jessica and Diana.
    Oh my gosh, those are some in depth character interviews! And I just love your character collages. What a great idea :)
    Best wishes with the new release xxx I can't wait to read; you turned me onto the syfy rom genre with Celestial Seduction and love your style and voice. I've no doubt this will be a rocking story and a great success xx

  2. Thank you so much for having me today, Diana! Hugs! :)

  3. JoAnne - Thank you! Yes, I find the interviews are better geared for longer stories when you need to know more about your characters. Though much of the information never makes it to the actual story. LOL

    All the best!

  4. Great post Jessica! Wonderful idea to make collages. Yours are definitely inspirational, lol. Congrats on your latest release! Love that cover.

  5. Thanks, Cate! Every picture and word on the collages reveal something important about the character. :)

  6. Wow Cant wait to read this book what an interview i just love it. my email is congrads on the new release.

  7. sounds like a novel that i'd be very interested in. Great post!! Love the collage idea. very cool!

  8. AprilAlvey - Thank you! :)

    SmittenWithBadBoyHeroes - Making the collages was a lot of fun. Thanks so much! :)

  9. I think my son has rubbed off on me because I really do not like collages LOL. However, I do like Jessica Subject and have enjoyed following her journey. The Zurian Child sounds like a fun read and I am looking forward to the ride. Thank you for sharing with us today and for the lovely giveaway opportunity.


  10. AprilAlvey - Thank you! :)

    SmittenWithBadBoyHeroes - They were fun to make. Thanks! :)

    Denise Z - They were something I always had fun with when I was a kid. I guess it's never gone away for me. Thanks so much! :)

  11. Pretty amazing post, Jessica--thank you for sharing about The Zurian Child--it sounds like a read I'd love.

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  12. Congratulations to Cate Masters who wins a copy of The Zurian Child. Thanks to everyone who stopped by.

    And thank you to Diana for hosting me again on your lovely blog! :)

  13. Congratulations Cate! Thank you so much Jessica for having me a part of your tour. And you are more than welcome. Thank you everyone for your lovely comments :)


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