With an active imagination, JM Spade has been writing as long as she knew how to hold a pencil (or type on a keyboard). Her early stories were never complete, however. After graduation from high school, she went on to become a nurse and found a true passion for caring for others. Marriage and a set of twins later, she was inspired by one of her patient's to returned to writing.
During lunch and after the kids went to bed, she began to mold her first story into shape. After several months of work, she finally had a novel to be shared and be proud of! However, this sparked a passion for writing books and is now something she does daily!
Many of her stories share a main focus: nursing. Writing what she knows best allows for the authenticity of characters and situations. JM Spade loves to draw from personal experiences as well as use her imagination to form the perfect fiction novel.
Besides writing, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, University of Michigan Football, her rescue pit bulls, being at the lake, and traveling. She currently works as an Infection Preventionist in long term care, as well as overseeing the quality assurance department. Returning to school is something she is looking forward to in the future.
Absolutely not! My books are definitely works of fiction; however, there is some elements of truth in some scenes. I draw inspiration from experiences I've had or the friends and family around me.
Well... First, I set daily word count goals. I don't always hit them, but sometimes I go over them. I'm in love with spreadsheets so I keep track of all the data for my writing and it keeps me focused and motivated most days. Eventually, I the daily words add up and I have a completed book within a short period of time!
Not yet! I start with an idea and create a timeline in the document. Each month has 4 weeks, obviously. I do this so I can make sure my timeline is realistic. Then, I take some of my ideas and put them where they would belong. Then, I write whichever part I'm in the mood for. If I come up with ideas, I throw those into the outline/timeline. Inevitably, the book changes "direction" a few times as I write and think. I tend to obsess a little bit. When I have an idea word count, I go back through, editing and tying things together!
I write fiction. About nurses. I don't want to have my real name tied to the nurses I write about since they aren't me. It's not exactly a secret, but I just don't want my fiction career to hurt my nursing career.
Well... Thanks to today's technology, I take my writing everywhere I go. I write on break at work, at home, and after the kids go to bed. It's bits a pieces here and there. And for me, it works.