Name Jettie Woodruff
Where are you from– Eastern Ohio
A little about your self `ie your education Family life etc-
I’m going to take the credit for most of my education. I’ve never been one to learn something from someone else. I hated school, and there was no way I was ever going to pay money to do it again after high school. Before writing I spent most of my adult life in sales and marketing, and raising three kids. I will celebrate twenty six years with the same man in June and might keep him around for another year or two. We’ll see, lol.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news?
Latest big news is my last release. Both books of my twin duo series made it into the Amazon top 100 YAY!!!!!
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
Hmmm, when I was just a little thing. Maybe like six or seven. I’ve always made up stories and wrote them down.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
When Miss Lee told me I was. She was my third grade teacher. I played grandma in a Christmas play only I changed the words to make them sound better. Of course life got in the way and my acting and writing career was put on hold. Maybe I should try the acting thing again now, too.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
I wrote my first book with a number two pencil and a spiral notebook. I wrote it again ten years later while at work. I was a store manager and had a lot of time on my hands. I did it because I always wanted to do it, and I just kept going. Now I can’t stop…
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style?
I’m not sure that I do. People tell me that I do, but I don’t know how to describe it. I write what comes out my fingers.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
All of my titles come after I’ve started a book…usually.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
Always, even in my darker books I try to put something positive in them, something that people can read and say, “hmmm, so true.” Life is too short for drama and boxes. Get out of your comfort zone and do something you’ve never done before, go somewhere you’ve never gone, and meet lots of friends.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic ?
I try to make all of my books realistic, but original. I’m tired of reading the same old cliché books, I definitely don’t want to write them.
Fiona: Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
I mean, I always put bits and pieces of my life in my work. I also pay attention to whatever subject I am working on like little kids at the mall, or an older couple at a restaurant, things like that, but events, I would have to say no.
Fiona: What books have most influenced your life most? a mentor?
Hmmm that’s tough. I’ve always been a reader, starting with the boxcar kids. I think I read all those books by the time I was ten. VC Andrews had a big impact when I was a teenager. Flowers in the attic, and then still my favorite by her, The Casteel series. My first dark read.
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
I’m reading an ARC by my friend and very talented writer, Aleatha Romig. Yes, I have Cunning and it is amazing. I love Nox more than Tony.
Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?
I would love to say yes, but unfortunately I don’t have the time to read like I used to. I mostly read ARC’s from author friends, and that’s about it.
Fiona: What are your current projects?
Right now I am working on a standalone, spin-off. Brantley Jandt is a country music singer living in Nashville Tennessee. Not only is he the second grade teacher of Paxton and Gabriella’s oldest daughter, he will also be the neighbor. Brantley never wanted to be a teacher. He only used that to get to Nashville, a backup plan until he made it big. An eighteen-month-old little girl changes that.
Fiona: Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members.
I’m a firm believer in getting back what you put out. I’ve always known I would make it, and I’ve never let anyone or anything tell me otherwise. Hard work, determination, and believing in yourself is all you ever need.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
Yes, I have been a full time writer for two years now, and I am very grateful that I can do that.
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
Hmmm, I don’t think so. I try not to doubt myself. It makes me too crazy.
Fiona: Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
Not really. My first book was about a girl who got bit by a spider and ended up with super powers. I might have been around nine or ten.
Fiona: Can you share a little of your current work with us?
Brantley Jandt leaves his dream of becoming the next Garth Brooks to take care of his little girl for one year to let the mother of the child go to Kenya for her own dream. Not only does he get a little girl, he gets a job as a second grade teacher in a catholic school. He’s never been around babies or kids. This one is going to be a lot of angst, but not dark, and with this situation, there has to be some comedy in there.
Fiona: Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
Oh man, I don’t even know where to start. It’s all challenging, the storyline, plot holes, keeping a nice flow, wording, editing, all of it, but that is why I love it so much.
Fiona: Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
I don’t really have a favorite, but that could be because I don’t get to read as much as I used to. I love a lot of different authors.
Fiona: Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)?
Yes, every chance I get. I have four signing this year, and that’s plenty. I would like to get in a family vacation, too sometime this summer. I want to hike the Appalachian Trail for a few days, and I want to do Universal Studios. We’ll see.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
I designed the last covers myself, and my friend Jenna helped with the logistics, the right sizing and all.
Fiona: What was the hardest part of writing your book?
Hmmm, I’m not sure. I guess keeping the plot clean.
Fiona: Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?
I learn something from every book I write. This one was to stop procrastinating.
Fiona: Do you have any advice for other writers?
Unfortunately, writing is the easy part. Learn to market your work. If you have the desire to be a successful writer, don’t let anything or anyone get in your way. Hard work, determination, and believing in yourself is all you need.
Fiona: Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
Thank you, thank you, thank you!
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
I remember reading lots of books. I was always the first in line on library day.
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
My two little grand babies, Dallas Lynn, and Bristol Vaugn can make anyone bust a gut. My oldest son is in a bad place in his life right now, and I can’t fix him. That makes me sad.
Fiona: Is there one person past or present you would meet and why?
I would love to party with Jennifer Lawrence, sit down and have a conversation with Oprah Winfrey, and hug Zig Ziglar.
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone and why ?
Nothing, I don’t want one of those things. Just spread my ashes on a tropical beach. That would make me happy.
Fiona: Other than writing do you have any hobbies ?
I love being outdoors, a hike through the woods, a bike trail surrounded by nature, or an ocean view. I also paint, and love to refurbish old furniture.
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
The big bang theory, The Royals, Tiny house, and most anything on the E channel.
Fiona: Favorite foods / Colors/ Music
Salad and fish, red because it signifies power, and pop, Miley Cyrus, Katy Perry, The Royals, Adam Lavine, Adel, Justin Bieber.
Fiona: If you were not a writer what else would you like to have done?
Hmmm, Open a restore shop with old furniture turned modern.
Fiona: Do you have a blog/website? If so what is it?