Jessica Kealy, author of The Adventures Behind Cherridor, released her book in May 2018. We wanted to catch up with the new author and see how life had been treating him since he was published.
Did you always dream of becoming an author?
I’ve always written, since a young age. I suppose I did always wonder what it would be like to become an author, I never imagined it would happen.
What was your first job?
My first ever job was a Christmas temp, at Clinton Cards when I’d just finished my GCSE’s.
How did you come about writing your book? Was that your intention or did you start writing for fun?
I’ve written many stories, I have them in little notebooks at home in a drawer, yet none of them are complete. It was my second job that actually gave me the idea for this book. I was working at a factory boxing foam blocks and there was a bright red wooden fire exit. When it was opened to let some air in there was a beautiful woodlands just outside. I was 16 when I started writing this book, I finally finished it last year when I had to take time out from dancing. Writing has always been about fun for me.
What was your life like before you became an author?
Becoming an author so far hasn’t changed my life. It’s given me more confidence in my writing but life is pretty much still the same. Ask me again when I’ve written a few more.
Did you face any struggles before becoming an author? If so, how did you overcome them?
I’ve been pretty lucky really. I never really intended to become an author. It was something I dreamt about but never thought it would happen. Dancing was the path I chose to pursue and I wrote in my spare time for myself. In October 2016 I discovered a lump in my neck and began getting a numb arm and leg on the right side during shows. It turned out I had an extra rib which had formed a joint with my first rib and was crushing all my nerves/veins. Having it removed in May 2017 gave me the opportunity to finish my first ever book and after some persuasion from my partner, I decided to send my story off. I saw Pegasus were accepting online submissions so I sent it straight away. I was extremely lucky that they offered me a contract. I know some people try more than once before they get accepted so I had more luck than struggles.
Now that you are a published author, how has your life changed, if at all?
It hasn’t changed at all really. My family and friends are proud of me but they always have been. I’ve had a few of them wanting my autograph on their copy of my book which is very flattering but still a strange feeling at the moment.
Can you please describe a typical day in your life now?
A typical day in my life… well being an author isn’t a full time occupation for me as of yet, so my main job is a professional dancer. I spend my daytimes doing entertainment for the guests at the hotel and the evenings performing onstage. Any free time I get I’m writing the sequel!
What is your most memorable moment of your life as an author?
When I opened the box and saw my fully published book, with my name on the front.
In a few words, how would you review your experience with Pegasus Publishers?
Pegasus have been amazing. I’ve been looked after every step of the way, any questions I’ve asked have been answered, my publicity director answers my emails so fast I feel personally looked after! I couldn’t have asked for a better company to publish my book.
Why did you choose Pegasus Publishers?
In all honesty, I googled book publishers, Pegasus came up and were taking online submissions. I checked what genres they published and decided to give them a go. I’m 100% glad I did.
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