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Interview With Author Jesseca Wheaton

I'm so excited to share an interview with historical fiction author, Jesseca Wheaton today! This week she released her WWII novel called A Question of Honor which looks like an awesome read! 

How long have you been a writer?

I started writing when I was eleven, but never really took it seriously until I turned fifteen. So I'd say I've been seriously writing for about four years. 

How long did it take you to write and edit A Question of Honor

As best I can remember, I wrote a random scene around May or June of 2015 off a picture I found on Pinterest. It was then finished in NaNo 2015, and since then has gone through many edits and changes.  So it's been approximately one year and ten months since I jotted down that first scene. 

What's your writing routine look like? 

I like to plot out my stories ahead of time, so once that's finished, I set a goal of either one chapter a day, or three pages . . . whichever comes first. Normally I tend to write at night, simply because that's when things are the quietest at our house. If I'm in the middle of a writing a book and I have an idea, I'll jot it down, or try and find some time to write in the afternoon. 

How did you research your book? 

Just as I started writing this book, I found out there was a WWII research museum only about 45 minutes from where we live. I was SO excited! In addition, it had a research library with volumes of books exclusively about WWII. I had already scoured our normal library trying to find research books, and had only come up with a few, so I was in extremely happy. 

And over the course of writing the book, I learned to jot down any questions I had to ask the two gentlemen who worked at the research center. They were incredibly helpful, and seemed to always have the answers I was looking for. 

So in short, I'd say the majority of my research came from reading books written by pilots who had fought in the Battle of Britain (in particular Duel of Eagles by Peter Townsend), WWII veterans whom I had the privilege of interviewing, and talking to the people who worked at the research center. Documentaries, and even dramatized films helped give me a feel for the aircraft as well. 

What is your advice for aspiring authors?

First of all, write what you want to read, or a subject that is close to your heart.  Because if you do that, it becomes something you're passionate about. Also, find someone you trust to critique you work. Preferably not a family member. I know it can be so difficult to hand over something you've written to someone else, but if you want to grow and improve in writing, you need constructive feedback. And I've learned from experience; it's not as scary as it all seems. ;) 


About the Book:
A man. A child. A war.

When German soldiers invade France during World War II, young Joyanna's perfect world is shattered. In the hands of those who hate her, she battles to comprehend why people can be so ruthless and cold toward those whom they have never met.

David Sullivan, pilot in the Royal Air Force, was certain he would never hate, but a painful loss forces him to either reconsider or do the inconceivable—forgive. He is suddenly challenged by the realization that doing God's will is not easy, but most important. With the lives of freedom-fighters relying on him, he must learn the difficult lesson that he is not in control, but merely one who must surrender his heart of obedience to One greater.

A sudden turn of events lands Joyanna and David in the same country—but for far different reasons. When their paths cross, David finds he must make a decision that will affect them both for the rest of their lives.

Will he chose vengeance, or will he let his life be ruled by a higher standard? A standard of Honor.

Find on Amazon and Goodreads

About the Author

Jesseca is an 18-year old daughter, sister, and a child of God. Her days are spent reading, cooking, spending time with siblings, or playing piano. And writing, of course! At an early age words fascinated her, and her love for the printed page has only grown. She lives with her parents and seven siblings in the sunny state of Kansas, and she’s convinced there’s no place like home.

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  1. Thank you so much for having me, Emily! And for being a part of the blog tour ! :)

  2. This is so cool Jesseca! I am a historical fiction author as well and write WWII novels.