I'm glad to be here with you!
I'm really not sure where to begin. Will anyone actually read this blog? I suppose I should introduce myself and explain why I'm here.
My name is Jessica L. Degarmo. I am a wife, mother, full-time insurance broker and branch manager for a great place called NII Brokerage, and a part-time college student studying to get a degree in business management. I also DJ part-time at KC101, a local country music radio station, and I am the lead singer for the band Department 24.
So, because I wasn't busy enough, and because my husband gave me a deadline, I began to write a book.
Really, I should back up further and explain why, out of all of the other forms of creative self-expression I could have used, I chose to write a novel.
I have always been an avid reader and writer. I have written papers, stories, poems, lyrics, and letters for as long as I can remember. I think my enthusiasm really grew in the fifth-grade. My teacher gave us creative writing exercises to do, and I loved them. Over the years, I have started many books, many stories that I never finished. With some, I just ran out of steam, and with others, I ran out of things to say. None of my recent ideas seemed to really sprout wings and fly the way they needed to in order to become full-length books.
That all changed when my whole family went to the Outer Banks of North Carolina. Our first trip was in 2008, and the beauty of the area and the rugged power of the ocean took my breath away. I was hooked. I loved it all; the salt-water smell that hung like heavy perfume in the air, the golden sun that warmed my body and mind, and the soft sand between my toes. I loved the area with all of its historic charm and picturesque lighthouses, the people who were so friendly and kind, and the wonderful array of restaurants and other attractions that begged to be visited. I was charmed.
The ideas started flowing like the water at high-tide. My first attempt was a gut-wrenching story about a woman whose child is dying of cancer. In this book, my main character would be separated from her husband and child, but when they learn the boy's cancer is fatal, the woman is allowed to rent a house on the beach for the summer with her son. I pictured a scene where they rail at God on the beach during a thunderstorm, and another poignant vignette where the boy and his mom come to terms with death, and each other.
Needless to say, I got so depressed during my research and writing that I gave it up. I am not meant to write sad stories. They get under my skin and stay there, where they fester and bleed.
The second idea that I had turned out to be much better. And the book "How to Meet a Guy at the Supermarket" was born.
Meet Quinn, a thirty-two year old journalist who has been jet-setting around the world for a few years writing stories and running from committment. When the stakes get too high, she jumps ship and runs to a new place, a new story. However, a new permanent assignment for a nationally-syndicated travel magazine lands Quinn back in her hometown, Corolla, North Carolina.
Quinn is happy to put down roots in her old hometown by the sea. But one day, while grocery-shopping for one in her local Grocery King supermarket, she realizes that she's lonely. The committment she ran away from is now calling, but where will she find true love?
Join Quinn on her hilarious journey to find the man of her dreams in the most unlikely of places: the supermarket! Will she find rotton apples or romance?
I am pleased to announce that "How to Meet a Guy at the Supermarket" will be released by Night Publishing in October 2010. Stay tuned for more information about the anticipated release date, where to buy, and for details on my book-tour, scheduled for December 3-5, 2010 in Nags Head, North Carolina!
I hope you come back to visit my blog, and I thank you for stopping by!