As founder and fearless leader of the Toledo Writers Workshop, Jessica is personally responsible for 72.7% of the red–uh, make that purple–ink usage in the United States, presumably a direct result of her technical writing and editing background. Additionally, Jessica enjoys soccer and mindlessly kicking her subordinates under the table to keep them in line. An English teacher and an independent technical editor, Jessica also writes the occasional superhero story. Less frequently, she posts to her blog: http://inciting-thinking.blogspot.com/. Website: jessicathewriter.com.
Toledo Writers Questionnaire
What do you write?
Poetry and short fiction
What motivates you to write?
My motivation to write stems from the need for self-expression–expression of ideas, of self, and of life. Additionally, I strive for the beauty of new ways to express common feelings and sentiments. Writing helps me to break out of the cliche of life.
What do you hope to achieve in writing?
Fame and glory, of course! ;-) (I’m sure there’s enough to go around….)
What do you think about the Toledo Writers Group?
It’s a great group because it’s a group that doesn’t sugarcoat; at the same time, though, it’s a welcoming, friendly group. Plus, the diversity of backgrounds makes feedback even more valuable because everybody has different perspectives and life experiences.
What writers do you read/admire?
Steinbeck and Faulkner. Many others, too, but those are two of my favorites.
What are your outside activities?
Anything that gives me an adrenaline rush! I like adventures. I like hiking, running, playing soccer, travelling. I also like art. And dogs.
Best advice for a new writer?
Write. Read. Write some more. Read some more.