Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Jessica Therrien ~ Oppression

Today is the day! It's my turn to host Jessica Therrien for part of her book launch for OPPRESSION! *cheers!* I have been so excited for this book and this launch. So I'm here to share a little interview with Jessica AND... I'm giving away 2 E-BOOKS of OPPRESSION! Whoot-whoot!

First off... meet Jessica! She's gorgeous and talented! What a combo! And... judging by the answers in her interview, she's totally awesome. So lets get right to it!

Hi Jessica! I'm sure everyone is dying to get their hands on OPPRESSION, so how about we learn a little more about how it came about.
Aside from magical blood, and aging slowly, is Elyse anything like you? (Or do you have a secret too?) Tell us about your similarities and differences. (BTW, I LOVE her name!)
Elyse is like me in a lot of ways. It was hard not to let parts of myself bleed into my main characters.  Elyse and I are both a little shy—the stay-at-home type. She’s braver than me, though. Stronger, too. I’m a bit of a pushover, but we both love with our whole hearts, and we both cry too much. 

Tell us a little about your favorite character (besides Elyse). Just a quick teaser. We don't want you to give away too much!
 The obvious choice is William, and though I love William very much, the character that likes to haunt me the most is Kara. She sort of took on a life of her own and snuck her way into the novel. I never intended her to be a main characterapparently she had her own plans.

Is this a standalone book or can we expect a sequel?
Absolutely expect a sequel! Children of the Gods—Book Two has no official title yet, but it is almost done and will be out sometime next year. I can’t wait to get it out into the world as well. I love it just as much as the first one.

And for all the aspiring writers out there... how long did this book take you to write? How long do you spend writing, editing, etc? Are you the type of writer who can pump it out in a month or two... or did it take longer?
It took a LOT longer than a month or two, HAHA! I feel like I keep giving different answers for this. Sometimes I say 2 years, sometimes 1the truth is, I wasn’t really keeping track. I also gave up so many times and didn’t write for months, so it’s hard to know exactly. Let’s just saya while. The editing was a whole different monster. It took almost as long as writing the book. Okay, maybe it just seemed like it took that long
I’ve had to write this second book much faster, given deadlines and all, but it has been a lot easier. I feel comfortable with who the characters are. I know where I want the story to go (though sometimes not exactly how I’m going to get there). I also learned a lot about how I write with the first book.

How about a little bit about yourself? Tell us three things about you that we probably don't know.
1.         Every room in my house is cleanexcept for my closet. It’s a disaster. Clothes are everywhere
2.       Before I go to bed every night I have to have a bowl of cereal.
3.       I’m shy when I first meet people, so sometimes they think I’m rude. Underneath, I’m a giant goofball who just needs to get to know you.

If you were a super hero, what would your super power be? Would you go with the magical healing blood, or something else?
I’m going to opt out of the magical healing blood. It’s not as awesome as you might think. I’m sticking with the power of flight.

If you were stranded on a desert island, what 3 things would you want with you, (besides you laptop and family)?
1.         My Droid phone (with the kindle app., Facebook, and music installed)
2.   Every season of vampire diaries and a T.V. (we can assume this desert island has a power outlet, right? Haha)
3.       A really warm blanket (I get cold a lot. It’s torture.)

What advice do you have for other aspiring authors?
My answer is always the same for this one, because I truly believe it is the best advice I can give. Go to a writers’ conference. It’s how I got discovered. You’ll meet great people and learn a lot no matter what.

See!!! I told you guys she was awesome! Jessica - thanks so much for letting me be a part of your book launch! 

NOW... use the rafflecopter widget below to enter to win an E-BOOK copy of OPPRESSION on either Kindle or Nook! This closes at midnight on the 10th. I will announce the winners on MONDAY the 12th!

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You can find OPPRESSION...

On Amazon
On Kindle
Barnes & Noble

Jessica's Blog!


elizabeth seckman said...

Contest wouldn't take my entry, so I am not commenting till it does.

Anonymous said...

Great interview. As much as I'd like the power of flight, I hurt myself way too often, so I'd probably have to go with the magical healing blood. Wouldn't that make you immortal? If the blood is constantly healing everything it comes into contact with, you'd never be sick, broken bones would heal quickly, and you'd never age because your blood would keep things from "going bad." Might want to rethink that one... :o)

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I agree the editing takes longer, especially once you hit that second book.

Kyra Lennon said...

LOL @ Elizabeth! It wouldn't work for me either. :(

Jessica sounds great, as does Oppression!

Jessica Therrien said...

Leigh, thanks for a great interview, and thanks everyone for your comments!

Cassandra said...

I love reading all of Jessica's interviews.. she's totally down to earth. I would have to agree with Vampire Diaries and a TV on a deserted island.. although if I had to choose, I think I'd take my Nook instead!

Angela Cothran said...

I bought this book last week, based solely on Leigh's ranting and raving. I'm so excited to start it.

Cortney Pearson said...

Contest won't work for me either...hmm. Great interview. I love the cover of Oppression! I completely agree with Jessica's answer about conferences, I highly recommend them too. It's where I've met my awesome CP's, and that in and of itself was totally worth it!!!

Hope Roberson said...

Congratulations Jessica! I'm really looking forward to reading Oppression! And I eat a bowl of cereal almost every night (so do my kids) too! I go into a panic if we only have one or two boxes in the pantry :)
Thanks for another great interview Leigh :)

J. A. Bennett said...

What a fun interview! I really needed to be reminded that these things take time. Fingers crossed that I win!

Peggy Eddleman said...

Great interview, you two! And yes. I'd take the power of flight any day.

Shallee said...

I've heard a lot about this one! Thanks for the giveaway, and the interview.

Anonymous said...

Hi Leigh - great post.

For a bit of fun - I've tagged you on the Lucky Seven Meme:

Katie Dodge said...

I'm hoping I win, but I have a feeling I'll buy it anyway. Sounds like a great read! :)

inluvwithwords said...

Great interview, Leigh and Jessica. I'm always happy to learn about a great book I hadn't heard of yet. This one sounds exciting.

People often think I'm rude too, 'cause I'm so quiet. We shy people are so misunderstood ;)

A bowl of cereal before bed is a must, I agree!

Jessica Therrien said...

So many great comments! Thanks you guys :)

Jennifer Lee Young said...

I enjoyed the interview. Oppression sounds fantastic!

Great job ladies!!

Donna K. Weaver said...

I've got my copy and can't wait for it to make its way to the top.

Carrie Butler said...

Great interview, ladies! I think I would go with the power of flight, too. How fun would that be? :)

Susan Francino said...

Great interview! And I totally understand the shy-appearing-to-be-rude thing. *sigh*

Carol Kilgore said...

Nice to meet you, Jessica. Oppression sounds like an awesome book.

Hi, Leigh!

Jessica Therrien said...

Thanks all you fabulous people! Glad you liked the interview :)

Kelley said...

Oh man. I really want cereal now...

Great interview ladies!

Michael Offutt, Tebow Cult Initiate said...

I've always liked the name William. It sounds so much better than Bill.

Coleen Patrick said...

Awesome interview and giveaway :)

Lara Schiffbauer said...

Great interview! Thanks, Jessica, for sharing that it actually took some time to write and complete your first novel, but the second was faster. It gives me hope that any subsequent novels after the first won't be such a process! I can hope, can't I?

Patricia T. said...

Great interview. This is the second I've read, and each is so different. Leight, a lot of fun. Will have to get this book.

Melissa Sugar said...

Great interview. I just read another one as well. I just tweeted and all of the other stuff to enter the contest for the e-book. It sounds awesome. Thanks, Leigh for sharing the interview.

Sarah Pearson said...

I've already grabbed this book, looking forward to getting the time to read it!

Susanna Leonard Hill said...

Great interview! And Oppression sounds like an excellent read! Thanks for sharing!

Jessica Therrien said...

Wow. Thanks for all of the comments! You guys are awesome :)

eva fhadilah said...

Banned complain !! Complaining only causes life and mind become more severe. Enjoy the rhythm of the problems faced. No matter ga life, not a problem not learn, so enjoy it :)

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