Title: Love, Cutter
Author: Michelle Jester
Publication date: August 28th 2018
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult
After an attempted suicide Carter finds himself in a coma. He is able to hear the world around him, yet he can’t move. What he hears propels Carter to begin to see life in a new way, especially when one of his nurses, Kinley, shares parts of her tragic past with him. Soon, Carter realizes he is falling in love with her.
Months after being transferred from the hospital, to a rehabilitation facility, he suddenly wakes up with a passion to live that he never had before and a determination to find the one person he feels may be able to help him put the pieces of his life together again. However, when he returns to the hospital, Kinley is gone and Carter must try to find her based solely on the things she shared with him while he was in a coma.
Only, nothing is as it seems and Carter learns the biggest lesson of them all… the differences between expectation, perception, and reality.
1. What does your writing process look like? Do you know the whole story when you start? Or do you just start writing and go with it (seat of the pants writing)? If you plan it out, how do you do that? Outline, notecards, post-it-notes, etc.?
I actually start with writing the basic story in three or four pages, extremely generalized. Then, I fill in the outline as I write the book. I don’t want to become constricted on certain things and I like the story to evolve naturally. I did try to do the outline first thing, once, simply because so many people suggested it, however, I found it really weighed me down and I quickly ditched that idea. As I write and fill in the outline, then it’s easier to refine the story and tie up any loose ends.
2. Do you edit as you go, or wait till you're finished before you edit? How many times would you say you go over it yourself before having another set of eyes look it over?
I wait to really edit it until I’m done with the first half or so. When I go back to read sometimes I’ll edit a bit as I go. Once the story is “done” then I read it four or five times before I hand it off to the first editor.
3. Are you part of a writers group that gets together and helps each other with their writing?
No, I’m not part of a writers group. I do have several author friends, however we don’t help each other as a basic rule simply because every writer is different and we all feel that should reflect in our work.
4. How do you come up with your ideas for your stories?
Most all of my stories over the years stem from personal experiences. I originally wrote these novels only for myself because writing is one of my outlets.
5. How long have you been writing?
I’ve been writing since I was ten years old.
6. What tips do you have for aspiring writers?
BE YOURSELF. Have your own voice and writing style. You’ll have people who love it and you’ll have people who hate it, but I’ve learned in life if everyone hates it or everyone loves it, then you are doing it wrong. Stay true to your own voice (USE PROFESSIONAL EDITORS) and you’ll always be proud of your work.
7. How important are names in your books? Do you choose the names based on liking the way it sounds, or the meaning? Do you have any name choosing resources you recommend?
I pick my names for various reasons. Main character names are already chosen for the next nine novels. However, additional names aren’t. Sometimes, I go to one of my social media pages, refresh and the first name that pops up gets in the book!
One of her prize possessions is a bracelet with only a yellow, Rubber Duckie charm on it; which she wears every day to remind her to enjoy the fun and happy things of life!