I’ll always have a special place in my heart for Jodi Gallegos, since she was the acquisitions editor over at Lakewater who first saw the potential in my book. And, as fortune would have it, her romance novel, A Shine That Defies The Dark was picked up for publication not long after she pulled All Systems Down from the abyss of the slush pile.
So here’s her interview.
(Be sure to read all the way to the bottom for our holiday giveaway!!)
Name: Jodi Gallegos, Acquisitions & Marketing Assistant
Your blog (url): Jodigallegos.com
Where do you live? Grand Junction, CO
What are your chances of having snow on Christmas Day? Pretty slim in my opinion, and based on my research (because I love to research!) my town has had only 18 Christmases with more than a trace amount of snow since 1893, and only 3 of those had more than an inch of accumulation. (*considers moving north*)
Do you have any favorite holiday traditions? My husband, sons and I usually start the Christmas season on Thanksgiving night when we watch Christmas Vacation for the first of several times. We host a potluck for our extended family on Christmas Eve. Christmas Day is all about relaxing (after the early morning wake-up call & present unwrapping)
Egg nog: Yes or No? Yes
Are you an artistic gift wrapper or a basic “paper & tape” warrior? Wrapping paper & tape. With my kids though, all my wrapping paper is superhero or Star Wars theme. We have very little feminine or “pretty” paper.
Do you have any special holiday memories that include books? Are there any specific titles you remember? I remember the glow of the Christmas lights on my very first Little House on the Prairie books. Several years later I remember the thrill of opening my first two Stephen King books: Cujo and Christine. They were all I’d asked for & it was so hard to decide which to read first (I settled on Christine).
What is your earliest book-related memory? I remember going to the book-mobile with my babysitter every week during summer. My best memories though, are of laying on the floor of my mom’s side of the bed reading her books (Clan of the Cave Bear & Flowers in the Attic). She never said anything about it. I like to think she was of the enlightened belief that as long as I was reading, it didn’t matter what.
Do you write/work during the holidays? I stay busy with my day job during the holidays. I don’t usually write or edit though. I take the slower pace of those few days to relax, read & watch movies.
Can you share what you’re working on now? I’m revising my YA light fantasy. I’m also working on a sequel to my NA romance that is releasing Dec 5th, 2017.
What are your goals for 2018? To have two new books ready for submission. Find at least one more top notch submission for Lakewater Press. Read lots. Vacation.
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