Guest Post: Jessica Verdi, Author of What You Left Behind

Guys, today I have Jessica Verdi here on my blog – she’s also my very first guest ever. Let’s give her a warm welcome. 🙂

And let’s hop right into the guest post.


Emalie: Writing Process: How does your day look? Do you need essentials to write? Any food you prefer while writing? How do you deal with problems?

Jessica Verdi: Thanks for having me on your blog, Emalie! Because I have a full time job as a Senior Editor at a romance novel publisher, I don’t have much time to write during the week. So I try to set aside Saturdays and Sundays as writing time. It’s hard to have to work seven days a week and essentially not have a weekend, but I’d go crazy if I didn’t have time set aside to write, so I make it work.

I have to write at home—I find myself too easily distracted when I try to write in public. My brain tends to be freshest in the morning, so I start early and write write write until I’m fried. If I start in the afternoon, I’m usually less productive.

The only essentials I really need to write are my laptop and index cards. I use index cards to outline—I write each plot point, both big and small, on a card, and then arrange them into an order that, when written out, would sort of resemble a book.

When I hit a wall, I take a break, or shift gears and turn on the TV or a movie or pick up a book written by someone else. I find other people’s storytelling, especially really great storytelling, so inspiring, and it usually helps break down the writer’s block.


She sounds really lovely, don’t you think? 😀

Below you find all the infos on her new book What You Left Behind


It’s all Ryden’s fault. If he hadn’t gotten Meg pregnant, she would have never stopped her chemo treatments and would still be alive. Instead, he’s failing fatherhood one dirty diaper at a time. And it’s not like he’s had time to grieve while struggling to care for their infant daughter, start his senior year, and earn the soccer scholarship he needs to go to college.

The one person who makes Ryden feel like his old self is Joni. She’s fun and energetic—and doesn’t know he has a baby. But the more time they spend together, the harder it becomes to keep his two worlds separate. Finding one of Meg’s journals only stirs up old emotions, and Ryden’s convinced Meg left other notebooks for him to find, some message to help his new life make sense. But how is he going to have a future if he can’t let go of the past?


About the Author:

Jessica Verdi lives in Brooklyn, NY, and received her MFA in Writing for Children from The New School. She loves seltzer, Tabasco sauce, TV, vegetarian soup, flip-flops, and her dog. Visit her at and follow her on Twitter @jessverdi.

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