JD: In many ways I've always been a writer--scribbling down lines and story ideas everywhere. I wrote my first novel in high school, though, after a friend dragged me along to the schools Creative Writing Club. I haven't really stopped novelling since then.
JD: The original idea actually came from a boring weekend and a free trial of ancestry.com. I’ve always been rather interested in genealogy and lucky for me my maternal great-grandparents were both from huge families meaning there has already been a lot of research done into that side of the family that is available online. Following one line way, way back, I ended up running into some British nobility and a direct ancestor with the name “Adela”. For some reason, the name stuck with me and it got me to thinking what had happened to all these generations of people. Especially the ones where family connections were everything, but you ended up as the seventh son or were so far removed from the “important” line of your family that all you really had was your pride. From there, Adela just stuck around and everything began to take shape.
BBB: Tell us about your main character, Adela Tilden.
JD: She someone who knows what she wants, and doesn't always go about it in the nicest of ways. She a touch sociopathic, and an unabashed social climber, but she was certainly one of the funner characters I've ever been able to write. Her head is an interesting place.
BBB: What do you think readers will enjoy most about your book?
JD: The characters are all interesting people. I would hardly say they're all especially likable at times, but they all have something about them that makes you want to see what happens with them in their crazy little slice of the world.
JD: Indeed I do. Book 2 of the Broken Line series will be coming out later this year and I'm currently in the middle of writing Book 3. Other than that, I also have some fantasy novels that are in various stages of being outlined that I hope I'll have a chance to get to at some point. I just have to find the time.
The Copper Witch is available for purchase on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Smashwords, and All Romance.
You can find out more about Jessica Dall and her work by visiting http://jessicadall.com.