Writers on Writing: J R Pearson


JPWSSelf-publishing cozy mystery author Jenna Pearson writes the Josie Rizzo Cozy Mystery Series under the pseudonym J R Pearson. She is twenty years old and live with her parents and younger sister in southern Maryland.JP cartoon

Pearson absolutely looooovvees to read cozy mysteries, crime thrillers, and paranormal romantic comedy books. She has over 600 books camping out her room, which will probably double by the end of the year 😉

Pearson is a Marvel Comics nerd! #TeamCaptainAmericaJPJRB1

She very much enjoys watching old 1930s Sherlock Holmes and cheesy monster movies with her family, who are my inspiration for writing—good times, delicious food, and crazy family.

What is the most important thing you’ve learned about writing?

Since I self -publish, I’ve learned to just take my time when writing. I’m on no one’s schedule or deadline. It’s just me, my little world I’ve created, and all the time in the universe.


How has this helped you as a writer?

Being that taking my time is key, I’ve seen more consistency in my storyline and just an overall better outcome of the whole project.

Mac or PC?


Neither! I do all my writing on a tablet with an attachable keyboard.


Word or Scrivener?

‘Word’ all the way.

Do you write or take notes with an iPad or tablet?

I write out my notes on a notepad but then type out my story on my tablet.

Do you have any writing rituals?

Yes I do! As I’m typing, I have re-runs of the TV show: The Big Bang Theory—in the background and have my body pillow wrapped around me. 🙂
Do you start by writing or researching first?

Research first! My books contain a lot of food, so I take the time to plan/research new recipes to include.


Favorite spot to write in the winter?

In my bed with a gazillion blankets and chocolate coffee on my nightstand.



Favorite spot to write in the summer?

On my driveway…Lol! I know that sounds weird, but I’m like a cat in a warm spot on the floor. I love to lay out a blanket and get to work. The ground is toasty and I’m also getting a tan at the same time! 🙂


Review first appeared in Long Island Book Reviews Examiner.
Copyright © 2016 by Diane Morasco

What I’m Reading…


Invitation to Murder by Beth Prentice

When Alexandra Anderson is invited to work place reunion at the televisions station where she formerly worked, she’s excited to catch up with old friends. And the theme of the reunion is a Murder Mystery Party, so that should be fun, right? Wrong! Alexandra’s first horror is coming face-to-face with her ex-boyfriend and his brand new, gorgeous wife. Second, the party happens to coincide with one of the worst storms of the season, knocking out utility lines and cell service. And when her less-than-beloved ex-boss becomes the Murder Party’s fake victim, Alexandra and her “team” are tasked with solving the fake murder before anyone else. The only bright spot? The sexy cameraman on Alex’s team with the sparkling blue eyes and soft, full lips.

But what starts out as a game becomes all too real when Alexandra stumbles upon the actual dead body of her ex’s new wife. Did someone take the game too seriously? Is there a real murder among the party-goers? Can following the clues to a fake murder help Alex solve a real one? Trapped by the storm, with “players” disappearing and time running out, Alex finds herself in the middle of a deadly game of cat and mouse… where not everyone will make it out alive!

Coming May 3rd!