Jessica Shirvington is a busy mum, wife of television presenter and former Olympic sprinter Matt Shirvington, and author of the phenomenal new dark and sexy paranormal romance, Embrace. For more info about Jessica and Embrace, head to: www.violetedenchapters.com.au
Your schedule must be very busy as a mum and author. How do you juggle these two roles?By being content with chaos. You can never plan a family completely, things always happen and when one of the girls has a bad day or is struck down with the flu, and everything gets turned on its head. We juggle it all together and roll with the punches. Luckily
for me my husband, Matt, is a fantastic dad and between the two of us, we always manage to get everything done.
Do you have a writing schedule, or fit in writing time around your children?
Both. The girls have nanny two days a week and though I'm still at home, I can lock myself away and write. I look at this time as strict working hours, no different than if I were going into an office, so from 8 am till 5pm on those days, I'm working.
For the rest, it is back to juggling. I have the girls most days and I write at night. At 7pm, the girls are in bed and I am sitting down to work. I often write till about midnight.
What made you decide to write Embrace?
Honestly, I'd been reading a lot of incredible books but then hit a few that just weren't doing it for me. One day, instead of picking up another book, I opened my laptop and started to write. I had no idea it would lead to this.
Did you enjoy books and writing from a young age?
Yes and no. It wasn't a priority for me. I was one of those kids who was always trying to keep up with everything and thereby not doing much of anything for very long. Any time I picked up a book and gave myself a chance to get into the story - I would become obsessed and need to finish it, immediately! But then, I could go for months before picking up another book. It wasn't until later in life that I really developed staying power.
Do you think childhood literacy is important?
Of course; it is the doorway to so much and the way for kids to really get into it is by loving stories. I mean, really, it is so amazing that we have the imagination as a vehicle to encourage kids and literacy. Imagine how hard it would be if there weren't so many delights in reading and writing.
What are you reading to your kids right now?
My 4 year old, Sienna's favorite books are Tiddler (a story about a little fish with a big imagination) and Ella Kazoo Will Not Brush Her Hair.
My 2 year old, Winter loves everything that has pictures of princesses and lots of pink. She currently enjoys the Felicity Wishes books.
Any tips/tricks to help get your kids into bed without any fuss?
Keep it simple and don't linger. I also promise the girls that I will be back to check on them in 5 minutes, it makes it all seem not so final. I always go back - maybe a little closer to 10 minutes. Nine times out of ten - they are already fast asleep.