Writer Wednesday: Jeremy Asher

Jeremy Asher

Jeremy Asher

Sometimes authors create characters that stay with you long after you've finished the book. Jeremy Asher, author of the Jesse and Sarah Series, Insignificant Moments, and Close to Home, is one of the few with this unique ability. Jeremy carefully crafts his characters and literally breathes life into them with each word he writes. And then suddenly, your startled to realize that Jesse and Sarah are sitting on the couch with you....That's how real they become. Obviously, I'm a fan of the Jesse and Sarah Series would love for you readers to take this journey, too. Jeremy has kindly discounted Across the Creek,  Book #1 in the Jesse and Sarah Series, to only $0.99. You may purchase Across the Creek here

What is your name?

Jeremy Asher

Describe your books/genre to our readers.

My books are closely related to Romance, but they don’t necessarily follow all of the rules. I usually let the characters and the story take me where they want to go. I find that the story feels more organic and real that way. Many of my books have a subtle thriller feel to them as well. But the common thread to all my books is the emotional pull. I dig deeply into each of my characters and pull as much out as I can to make them more dimensional to the readers.

How and why did you become an author? Do you write full-time?

Growing up, I had a love for art and writing stories. As I got older though, my focus turned more toward business and I got my business degree. After about ten years of working in that world, I went through some pretty tough times personally. Writing stories was one of the things that made me feel good again. Then I met a girl. On our first date, she told me that she was an avid reader and loved fiction. It got me thinking. Maybe if I sent her a short story, I’d stand out. A small part of me thought she might be impressed. So I gathered my courage and emailed her a very short story. I spent days agonizing over her response. What if she didn’t like it? What if she thought it was weird? And because she was an English teacher, I thought, What if she highlights all of my grammatical and spelling errors and sends it back to me? But none of that happened. Instead, I received a very nice email telling me how interesting the story was and how it moved her emotionally. At the end of her email, she wrote something that literally changed my life. She said, “You should try writing a book.” So I did. Then I wrote four more books…and married the girl. I do not write full-time. I am lucky enough to have a day job that I enjoy. I spend my time writing during lunch, in the evenings when I’m not running the kids to soccer or dance, and when I find some quiet hours on the weekend. One of my favorite things to do is sit on the couch and let a story flow through my fingers while my dog, Wylie, sits next to me, keeping me company.

You've written an extremely successful trilogy - the Jesse and Sarah Series. Do you find it's more difficult to write a trilogy or a stand-alone book and why? And should we expect more from Jesse and Sarah?

For me, it doesn’t matter if I write a book that is part of a series or a book that is a stand-alone. They each present their own challenges. A stand-alone is exciting because the settings are new and the characters aren’t quiet “alive” yet in my head. All of this develops over time and pages. But all of that developing is an arduous task. It’s challenging putting yourself in the shoes of a make-believe person. Especially in the beginning. A series is a little different. The characters still need to be developed and to experience growth, but they feel comfortable. And it is fun revisiting favorite places you’ve been and writing about characters you haven’t spent time with in a while. They become like family. A fictional family. I do not believe that Jesse and Sarah’s story is finished. They are still two of my favorite characters, and I’ve enjoyed every page of their journey together. I can’t imagine not spending more time with them.

As a self-published author, do you gather feedback from your readers when making decisions?

Absolutely. Readers are one of my best sources for feedback. An example of that is my book Close to Home, the third book in the Jesse and Sarah series. After I finished Across the Creek and Beneath the Willow, I got this idea for the third book, but it wasn’t until readers contacted me through social media, my website, and email, asking for more of Jesse and Sarah, that I chose to write the book. And I am so glad that I did, because I had a lot of fun doing it. Thank you, readers!

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What advice would you give to indie authors?

As an indie author, I sometimes feel like I have no idea what I’m doing. But there are two things I’ve learned. If you enjoy writing, then write. There’s no greater thrill than when you’ve finished a book that you’ve spent weeks and months living. And the second thing is research. There is a wealth of great information available to indie authors out there. Find the information that applies to you and use that to take your writing from a hobby to a career.

What are 3 things most people don't know about you?

Two of my favorite places to be are on top of a mountain and on a beach. I have a black belt in karate. I have a long-standing mini date night with my wife. For the past four years, we’ve spent every Monday night eating dinner in bed while we watch television together. It’s the only reason I love Mondays.

What are your goals for the upcoming year?

Next year is a busy year for me. I am currently working on a two-book series. My goal is to release them back-to-back beginning in March. Then I plan on writing the sequel to Losing Faith, which I’d like to have completed by the summer.

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I really enjoyed this interview. Thank you for having me on your blog.