Just Jewel (El Cajon, CA)
Just Jewel is an author, poet, blogger, and freelance writer born and raised in New Jersey.
She is positively passionate about writing. Just Jewel discovered her love for writing at the age of seven and since has written stacks of poems and short stories. She has taken on several freelance writing opportunities, including writing articles for magazines and small businesses. Some of Just Jewel's work can also be viewed at her blog site, A Drop of Jewel. The Mini Poetry Project is Just Jewel's first published work, followed by her first novel, Two Way Mirrors.
About Two Way Mirrors
Twenty-five year old Angela Delimar seems to be living a normal, comfortable life – a double life that is. She has a secure job as an Account Manager at B.I.G. Insurance by day and tends bar at a dinky strip club by night. Her beauty is unquestionable. She’s wooed by many including her gym buddy, Officer “Rock” Johnson and club patron Gordon Hopkins. However, her convict boyfriend, Cal, is the man of her dreams and capturer of her heart. They would do anything for each other, and they do – even at the risk of their freedom. She even has two sets of friends: the club crew and May and Cherlise, her close and oldest friends.
But when Angela begins to get stalked, witnesses a murder, and her mother dies her two worlds come colliding together. The sequence of events that follow reveals that no one in her life is who they seem to be. When danger comes knocking on her door from all directions, will becoming too close with the club crew cost her everything and will Cal’s devotion go too far?
Name 3 things about yourself readers may not know
1. I'm extremely shy. It's something I'm working to get over.
2. Locally I am known more for my poetry. Doing open mics is something that is helping me with the shyness.
3. Just one year ago I knew absolutely nothing about publishing a book. I had written my first novel but had no clue where to go next. Within that time I took it step by step and taught myself what to do. Though, I am always still learning more and more.
What is your biggest inspiration?
People. I'm very quiet and prefer to listen and observe rather than talk. So I'm always watching and listening to people no matter where I am or what I'm doing. I watch their body language, their facial expressions, their behavior, their actions and reactions. I listen to the things people talk about and what they talk about most often, how they talk about it, what kind of language they use. Most of the topics I blog about come from people's discussions. Most of the characters in my stories are loosely based on real people, or a combination of different people I know or have observed.
What led up to you becoming an author?
When I was seven my teacher used to have us write in these journals about different topics. She saw how much I loved doing this and took a special interest in me, giving me a journal of my own as a gift. After that I was always writing short stories and poems. I stopped for a few years as life got in the way. One evening while sitting around chatting with a friend, we started reminiscing about childhood and what we said we wanted to be when we grew up. When I told him I always wanted to be an author, he gave me a crazy look and told me it wasn't too late. After that night, I got busy writing.
How would you describe your writing style?
My style is pretty blunt and to the point. Of course I "dress up" my writing somewhat to entertain the readers, but even though I write mostly fiction, I try to make the characters and their dialogues as realistic as possible. I want my readers to feel like my characters are people they can come across in their every day life.
What would you say is the most important thing an author should do before publishing his/her book?
Edit! Edit! Edit! You must hire a great editor, or possibly two. Authors can really get slammed by reviewers for a lot of errors throughout the book.
If you could go back and change one thing about your book, what would it be?
After I published Two Way Mirrors a zillion things came to me as far as what I could've done differently in the story. I think the ending is what I would change most if I could.
When you’re not writing, what are you doing?
I'm thinking about writing. Seriously, sometimes I can't sleep at night because plots for new stories run ramped through my head.
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