Meet Jessica Knauss: Author -extraordinaire! Not only does she write, she has recently started a bilingual Publishing House! Talk about someone with tons of ambition! Two of her books have been published so far and, somehow, I know this is just the beginning for her.
Sharon: Tell me a bit about yourself, where you grew up, what else you do besides writing and publishing.
Sharon: So on top of all that ambition, you've also been a world traveler! (I'm a bit jealous!) What is your favorite book?
Jessica: My favorite word is the apt one for the situation. As we all know Mark Twain said, "The difference between the right word and the almost right word is the difference between lightning and the lightning bug."
I made heavy use of Shakespeare when I wrote for Franklin, the Shakespeare professor in Tree/House, and that contrasted nicely with Emma's waffling, uninspired speech as opposed to the poetry she's capable of when she decides what she really wants.
In my work in progress, I like to throw in an antique word every couple of chapters just to remind the reader that this didn't happen last week. The nobles speak much more and with more confidence than the serving class. And I can hardly wait to get to the chapters that take place in Andalucía, where I expect everyone will speak poetically, trying to reflect the refined Arabian influence in social circles. It will contrast a lot with my northern Spaniard's direct, prosaic language.
|Paperback coming soon!|
And if you're interested in checking out her newest endeavor, here is the link to Jessica's Publishing Company: