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Thursday, June 5, 2014

Jessica Kong - Inspirations

How did you come up with the idea for your storyline?
If you are an author, I am sure you have been asked this question multiple times. If you are a reader, you must have thought ‘where do authors come up with this stuff?’

Well, for me it all started with a scene from a black and white romance movie that I once saw. It was a couple laying on the beach in an intimate embrace as the incoming waves washed over them. That scene sparked a dream so real that it kept me in its clutches for months. Normally, I read horrors and paranormals as well as watch them on TV. At the time I had this dream, I had become a new mother of triplets. It goes without being said that I needed time to relax and regain my sanity. I did this by replaying in my mind my favorite books and movies and playing video games. And even though those storylines were great, there was always something I wished the characters had done differently.

This led me to ask the ‘what if’ question. What if the man on the beach was a secret agent and the woman he held in his arms was an alien from another world that he was protecting from his government? What if this alien humanoid evolved from felines? My mind began showing me a storyline heading in a different direction than the movies’. I found it interesting and fun, so I started to write it down. My new ‘escape from a chaotic world’ was created.

As I wrote about this blossoming romance, the couple became more real to me. Their story continued to unravel in my head. It began to include family members, best friends, traveling into space, even a timeline. As my triplets grew, I wrote storyline after storyline from that one beach scene, eventually writing A Seacat’s Love starring Rick McCall and Leonora—my spy and alien. Now my fans can experience the dream I had that night so many years ago. Author Biography My writing career began with the publication of the first two books in the Sea-anan Saga, A Lost Kitten and A Forgotten Kitten. The themes and story lines of my books are based on my real-life experience in an interracial marriage. I also incorporate experiences my triplets went through growing up, like being treated as outsiders by kids who weren’t minorities or multiracial, or, now that they’re older, being labeled or avoided. My books have a message about not judging others before you get to know them. Also, by making the differences between races more exaggerated, I emphasize how, when you look past the tiny factor of race, we all share the same basic needs, desires, and cultures. The protagonists in books one and two of the Sea-anan Saga are children of an intergalactic marriage, so, just as in the original Star Wars Trilogy, the first book of the Oceanan Trilogy, A Seacat’s Love, goes back in time to tell the story of the parents who started it all. To connect with me, go to: Website: Facebook Book Page: Facebook Fan Page: Amazon Author Page: Twitter: Goodreads: Google +: Pinterest: Tumblr: