SPOTLIGHT ON… Historical Romance: Jess Michaels

Jess Michaels

Jess Michaels



Describe yourself in one word:

What is your background with regard to writing?
I’ve been writing full-time since 1999. I sold my first book in 2003, an erotic historical romance and the next year was offered a two-book contract from Avon/HarperCollins for historical romances. I’ve written for multiple publishers and independently as Jess Michaels, Jenna Petersen and Jesse Petersen with nearly 50 books either published or contracted for publication before the end of 2015.

When did you first begin writing with a view of embarking on a career as a published author?
I’ve always written with the goal of a long term publishing career. Now I support my family 100% through my writing income.

What is your writing routine?
I have a page count I need to make every day, so I get up, usually do some email and other promotional stuff while I eat breakfast, then write until my page goal is met. The rest of the day is spent marketing or doing prep for writing.

Favourite snack whilst writing?
I’m really into chocolate-covered almonds but I try not to eat while writing. Try.

If you weren’t writing, what would you be doing?
I can’t really imagine not writing.

What piqued your interest in the historical romance genre?
I like reading historical romance, so it makes sense to make that “my” genre.

Can you share with our readers one piece of historical information that has special meaning to you?
I always loved the story of the Duke and Duchess who were in an arranged marriage from childhood. They met and fell in love, becoming something of a Society scandal because they liked to show their affection publicly. They’re kind of a real romance of the time.

One thing you’d like readers to know about the historical romance genre:
It’s HOT. If you like 50 Shades or Crossfire, you should give erotic historicals a try!

The one book that you’ve read over and over is…
Anne of Green Gables.

Favourite fictional character:
Anne of Green Gables. LOL

Number one thing to do on your bucket list:
I tend to live my bucket list, but my next thing to cross off is to go to Paris for the end of the Tour de France on the Champs.

What book has changed your opinion/stance on something important to you, and why?
The Happiness Project made me look at how I view happiness.

Biggest accomplishment to date:
Publishing nearly 50 books.

What’s next for you?
My next release is PLEASURING THE LADY on November 19. It’s the second book in The Pleasure Wars series.


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