Welcome to Introduce Yourself, a new and exciting blog segment of The PBS Blog dedicated to introducing to you new and established authors and their books.
Today I’d like to extend a warm welcome to Jessica Bakkers. Welcome to The PBS Blog! Let’s get started.
What is your name and where are you from?
Jessica Bakkers but my friends call me Jess. I’m from Down Under else-wise known as Australia. Victoria specifically.
You like the cold huh?
No but I’m well insulated *double chins shake with laughter*
Loll. What is the most annoying habit you have?
Either road rage or grammar nit-picking. Or snoring my husband might say.
What job do you think you’d be really good at?
Er, writer *smiles*
Yea, I guess that was pretty obvious lol. Jess, what was your childhood dream?
Er, writer… *bigger smile*
Lolll. In your own words, what is love?
Love is feeling thirsty so going to the fridge and getting 2 cans of Pepsi because I know he’ll be thirsty too. Love is sending a text message to him that simply uses the poop emoji and he answers with, “bad day at work, spaghetti for tea”. Love is him letting me warm my ice-cold feet on his back when we get into bed at night.
Oohhh. Nice! What’s your favorite drink?
Pepsi Max for the win!
What songs have you completely memorized?
Most of the entire works of Alan Jackson, George Strait, Diamond Rio and Little Big Town. Everything Pink Floyd. Most Leonard Cohen and Nice Cave. The entire Rocky Horror Picture Show album and Carry on Wayward Son.
OK, OK. What’s your favorite food?
Savory: spaghetti. Sweet: everything.
I love spaghetti. Actually, I love pasta in general. *Weakness*. I think we’re going to be friends. Who is your favorite writer?
Whoa. Why not ask me which is my favorite child!
Lol. Answer the question Jess! Spit it out. Inquiring minds wanna know ; )
I’m very partial to the King that’s Stephen), and I adore Steven Brust – he as such great dark humor in his novels. Maybe it’s a Stephen think…
If you could live in a movie, which would it be and why?
I’d go Rocky Horror again because fishnets! And singing!
Who is your best friend?
Awwue. How long have you been married?
16 years in November.
Happy early anniversary! Children?
Yes. By children I’m assuming we’re talking dogs, right? Two. Holly and Shilo.
No, Jess. We are not talking about dogs but I’ll let you slide. What takes up too much of your time?
My day job.
What is it that you do?
I am the writer formerly known as social worker. April 21st, I gave that away to focus on freelance writing because, as I mentioned, day job was taking up too much of my writing time. This is the one time I’ll be serious; nothing should come between a writer and her writing…except chocolate.
I heard that! And chocolate definitely gets a pass. Jess, what do you wish you knew more about?
What happens next, after death.
Interesting. What small things make your life easier? What makes it more difficult?
Easier: chocolate, texting, supernatural, fitted sheets, automatic windshield wipers.
More difficult: bad drivers, phone calls, my day job, headaches, rap music.
Rap music loll. The music today is out there. WAY out there. What are your thoughts on race?
Even if we (humanity) were all ‘skinned’ some skeletons would still ostracize others based on the shape of their bones or size of their skulls. Humans will always find a way to make difference a bone of contention (pun fully intended).
True. What’s your favorite TV show / movie?
That’s it. Snap out of it. Supernatural is pretty good though. Speaking of supernatural, religious?
I believe in science and evidence.
What’s the most difficult thing about being a writer? The most exciting thing?
Difficult: explaining to someone that I’m a writer and watching the skepticism and judgment come to their eyes.
Exciting: explaining to someone that I’m a writer and watching the wonder come to their eyes.
What do you love about yourself?
My eyes. Pretty and the only bit of me not fat.
Jessica Bakkers you stop it right now! Lol. I can guess what you don’t like about yourself then huh?
Yeah pretty much every other physical attribute.
What genre do you write in and why?
I write in all sorts but I LOVE gritty, dark fantasy fiction. I can write a really good antihero as my protagonist in this genre and as these guys (anti-heroes) are my very favorite characters to write, I get to play with them every book!
Jess, it was a pleasure. Thank you for spending this time with us!
I am a creative and freelance writer, I have been writing for over 25 years. I am a published ghostwriter (nah sorry, can’t say which books!) and am preparing my own novel, Guns of Perdition, for publication soon.
My style is generally dark fantasy with a smattering of romance, and usually filled with brooding anti-heroes.
My major love affair is with the written word; specifically creative writing. I allow myself to indulge and rendezvous with this secret lover whenever time allows… and then we make beautiful poetry together!
Jessica is in the early stages of her first book, “Guns of Perdition”, a fantasy western.
You can follow Jess online at:
Social media handles
Facebook page: The Written Word @jbakkersTheWrittenWord
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