I have been very fortunate to score an interview with YA fantasy novelist, Jessica Therrien, who just came out with her second book in the Children of the Gods series: UPRISING. Please enjoy the interview and check out links at the end to Jessica’s blog and ways to find her books!
INTERVIEW WITH JESSICA THERRIEN
Hey, Jessica! I’m so excited to get to interview you about your first book and your upcoming second book in the Children of the Gods series, Oppression and Uprising respectively. Okay, here are my questions:
ME: #1) When you began writing Oppression, did you know it was going to be more than one book?
Jessica: I had no idea. Honestly, I didn’t even expect my story to become a book. I was just writing for the heck of it. It’s kind of crazy that I’m working on the third one…not sure how that happened.
ME: #2) Did you always feel you wanted to go with a traditional publisher (you’re represented by ZOVA books) or did self-publishing ever cross your mind?
JESSICA: I didn’t know enough about self-publishing when I started out. Looking back I’m happy with how it went. If I would have known what I know now, I may have considered it. I know a lot of authors who have been extremely successful with self-publishing. In any case, it worked out because I’m great friends with my publisher.
ME: #3) What’s your favorite part of Oppression? And if it’s not a spoiler, your favorite part of Uprising?
JESSICA: What a hard question! I have so many favorite parts of both books. In Oppression, I do love Lenaia. If you don’t know what that means, you’ll have to read to find out. My favorite part of Uprising is the waterfall scene with William & Elyse.
ME: #4) Having a baby in the midst of writing your second book must have been quite a challenge! What sorts of things do you do to manage both things at once?
JESSICA: It’s been CRAZY! I do a lot of writing when the baby is asleep (he’s asleep right now *teehee*). It works out because one of my favorite places to write is in the passenger side of my husband’s car. We drive a lot to see family, and the baby loves to sleep on road trips.
ME: #5) If you could give three pieces of advice for other aspiring writers, what would they be?
1. Go to a writers conference
2. Don’t edit until you’re done
3. Don’t get attached to scenes that don’t move your story forward
ME: #6) If you went back and met yourself 10 years ago, would your younger self have believed all you’ve accomplished?
JESSICA: Gosh your questions are awesome…hmmm. I was a senior in high school ten years ago, and I was determined to move to New York to become a Broadway star. So, no…I wouldn’t have believed me. I would have said, “No no. Sorry, but I’m going to be on Broadway.”
ME: #7) Have you always gravitated toward Young Adult fantasy writing, or are there other areas you explore?
JESSICA: I really love YA fantasy, and I’m sure I’ll write more of it, but I’m itching to write my sister’s story. She’s been through a lot. I’m working on that as well, but it is a slow process.
Thank you SO much for your time, Jessica! As a fan myself, I just purchased my own copy of Uprising and am super excited to read it! Best of luck with the rest of your blog tour!
Check out Jessica’s blog! : http://jessica-therrien.blogspot.com/
Want to purchase Oppression or Uprising? Available on Amazon! (Paperback or Digital):
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