Friday, May 30, 2014

Teaser Interview with Jessie Humphries

Today, at Unicorn Bell, we have author Jessie Humphries in the HOUSE! Don't forget to stop by and check out her full interview as well as enter to win her new book and a really cool prize! (I won't tell you what it is, you'll have to stop by and find out for yourself!)

Here is a sneak peek of the interview...

About the Author: Jessie Humphries was born and raised in Las Vegas, NV. She received a BA from San Diego State University, where she cultivated her love of the beach, then lived in France, where she cultivated her weakness for shoes, and finally earned a law degree from UNLV, where she cultivated her interest in justice. After practicing law for several years she began writing, and, appropriately, her debut novel Killing Ruby Rose is a thriller about vigilante justice set in sunny southern California with a shoe-obsessed protagonist. Jessie currently writes and practices law in Las Vegas, where she lives with her husband and children.


In sunny southern California, Ruby Rose is known for her killer looks and her killer SAT scores. But ever since her dad, an LAPD SWAT sergeant, died six months ago, she’s also got a few killer secrets.

To cope with her father’s death, Ruby has been trying to stay focused on school (the top spot in her class is on the line) and spending time with friends (her Jimmy Choos and Mahnolo Blahniks are nothing if not loyal), but after months of therapy and more than a few months of pathetic parenting by her mom, District Attorney Jane Rose, Ruby decides to pick up where her dad left off and starts going after the bad guys herself.

But when Ruby ends up killing a murderer in defense of another, she discovers that she’s gone from being the huntress to the hunted. There’s a sick mastermind at play, and he has Ruby in his sights. Ruby must discover who’s using her to implement twisted justice before she ends up changing Valentino red for prison orange.

With a gun named Smith, a talent for martial arts, and a boyfriend with eyes to die for, Ruby is ready to face the worst. And if a girl’s forced to kill, won’t the guilt sit more easily in a pair of Prada peep-toe pumps?


Teaser Interview with Jessie Humphries

Your YA novel, Killing Ruby Rose, was recently released. What are some of the thoughts and emotions you’ve experienced since its debut?

Since I love bullet points, I’ve got a few for this question ;) 

Some of the things that I experienced leading up to my debut are:
• Nausea
• Ligament pain
• Shortness of breath
• Dizziness
• Insomnia
• Increased appetite
• Decreased appetite
• Irregular libido
• Excessive loud-mouthia
Among other treatable side effects. My treatment consists of scalding hot baths, pick-me-up Coke Zero beverages, and intermittent counseling sessions with friends. 

What inspired you to write Killing Ruby Rose?

I have a secret. Shhh, don’t tell anyone, but this book (about a 17 year old serial killer) is actually a tell-all memoir about myself!

Just kidding. I was inspired by two particular stories:

• DEXTER by Jeff Lindsey (which is a book turned into a hit Showtime TV series, about a sociopathic killer who only kills bad dudes); and
• HEIST SOCIETY by Ally Carter (which is a book about a young girl who is a thief but only steals things for the right reasons). 

I sort of melded these stories together, and voila…Ruby Rose. 

You’re a busy mom, how do you balance all the pieces of your life and still find time for writing?

I find the only time of day that I can focus on writing is at the break of dawn. I swear that my kids can hear creative thoughts forming in my head and will then awake to crush them. So I go to Starbucks around 5:30 or 6:00 am.

If you could have been told one thing that you weren’t told when you were a teenager, what would you like to have heard?

“Stay away from Nick, Corey, Seth, and Dominic (last names are omitted for legal reasons). They are going to break your heart.”

To read more of Jessie's interview or enter to win her Giveaway, please visit Unicorn Bell.

Also, Mark Noce's short story "Meet Me at the Waterfront" is out at Every Day Fiction. Be sure to check it out and leave a comment or stars. It's a great story with an unexpected ending!


  1. I'm seeing this everywhere, so I have to say I LOVE her author photo!

  2. Great interview! Killing Ruby Rose sounds so intense!

  3. It almost sounds a little like Sex and the City meets Dexter and it is quite an interesting take. Love the bullet points:)

  4. Even though I don't typically read this genre, that was a neat and informative interview:)

  5. I loved the blurb and the interview. And I have to say that I'm relieved "Killing Ruby Rose" isn't a tell-all memoir about yourself, Jessie. But I am still very much intrigued. :)


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