Jessica Caris likes to explore the boundaries and ranges of the human experience with her writing. The author of Breeding in Captivity and a former television writer and literary publicist, Jessica discusses her focused marketing techniques.
1. Give me the “elevator pitch” for your book in five to ten sentences.
Naomi Carter is a fast-rising, romantically-challenged professional, who aches to get married and have a family. After many first dates which never lead to a second, she is introduced to a handsome client. A whirlwind courtship ensues, and she blinks an eye and is married, finally! Like bad egg salad, things spoil quickly, and she suddenly finds herself pregnant, mother to a toddler, and divorcing. With all of her accounts mysteriously cleared, our spoiled princess is broke. Travertine gives way to Pergo and Hermes is replaced by Target. Just as she clawed her way up the corporate ladder, our heroine finds the moxy to overcome circumstances that would have reduced many women to a long “goodnight” with a fistful of Vicodin and bottle of Belvedere.
This book will remind any woman, young or old, married or single, who has ever thought her life was “ruined” or “over”, that a superhuman strength she never knew existed, resides deep within her.
2. Why did you become an indie writer?
I’ve always been a writer in some capacity. I’ve written for TV at CNN and Bloomberg and as a corporate writer have had articles published, mostly in national trade magazines, such as Barron’s, Career College Central or Tennis Magazine, to show the wide and wacky range of industries I represent. The dream to write a book was always there but when I was pregnant and going through a divorce, I was incredibly hormonal and emotional. The experience inspired me to finally embark upon my first book. I eat books for dinner some nights, and when I was going through this transition in my life, I was disappointed at the lack of fiction writers brave enough to cast a single mother as a heroine, and one who was inspirational, fun and funny.
My father is a beautiful writer and a clean, Spartan, funny one. When I got those first few sentences out, he was tireless in his encouragement. It’s so hard not having a perception of whether your manuscript is good or birdcage-worthy. He saw that it was a catharsis during a time of crisis and probably knew it was emotionally beneficial for me to work on it. He never got bored hearing about how I was developing my character or changing the narrative voice or killing a scene.