Today's author interview is with Jessica Scott, author of Because of You
Keira: You're a career soldier, is that where the Coming Home series was inspired?
Jessica Scott: I'm inspired every single day by the soldiers around me. When you think about what we as a nation have asked my brothers and sisters in arms to do for the last decade: to willingly go into harm's way for a war they may or may not support, to miss birthdays and anniversaries, weddings and funerals and to know that the men and women who serve do so willingly? That's pretty awe inspiring. But there are also some pretty intense dynamics beneath that notion of selfless service, too and that's what I find myself continually exploring.
Keira: What's one thing about the military that you think non-military readers should know?
Jessica: That soldier's families sacrifice as much, if not more, than the soldier him or herself. While mommy or daddy is off at war, the kids are home, worrying about whether or not they're coming home. They don't have a way of *doing* to keep themselves from worrying, you know? When you're deployed, you stay busy so the worry from home doesn't eat away at you. When you're the family member on the other side, waiting for the phone to ring, sometimes, all you do is worry.
Keira: I like caretaking plots, where one character helps take care of another, which Because of You is; what do you like best about them? This one in particular?
Jessica: We all have different ways of showing we care. It's not always the most straight forward way that people tend to think of. In Because of You, Carponti helps take care of Shane, but it's not by being supportive and holding his hand, it's by literally by annoying the hell out of him. But the care is still there. So for me, caretaking stories are about the different ways that we care.
Keira: You met and married your husband in the army. What makes military heroes so special?
Jessica: There are so many reasons to love a man in uniform. I love the dichotomy I see every day around me. These Hyper Type A guys who will just as soon rip your face off as smile at you who are complete pushovers with their families. I love looking at the men beneath the surface and wondering who they are around their families that we don't get to see at work.
Keira: What is your favorite scene in Because of You?
Jessica: I think the scene where Jen finally has the courage to show Shane her scars. She not only moves past a critical viewpoint of herself, she willingly shows him the one thing she's been hiding from him the entire time. It's this selflessness that pushes Shane out of his own funk, something he can easily recognize in her. A kindred spirit, so to speak.
Keira: Ideally, who would you have play the hero and heroine in a movie version of the story?
Jessica: Jason Statham as Shane, hands down. As far as Jen? I'd say Christina Applegate.
Keira: Tell us one or two cool things about yourself you haven't shared yet!
Jessica: Sheesh, there's only so much crazy to go around. Um, hmm, I need an organized space but have absolutely zero ability to get it that way or keep it that way myself.
Keira: You and me both! lol Thanks so much for dropping by LRP to talk with us today!