Can you tell us a little about your novel, Oppression (Children of the Gods Book 1)?
The best way to do that is to give you the back cover blurb, so here you go :)
Elyse knows what it means to keep a secret. She's been keeping secrets her whole life. Two, actually. First, that she ages five times slower than the average person, so that while she looks eighteen years old, she's closer to eighty. Second, that her blood has a mysterious power to heal. For Elyse, these things don't make her special. They make life dangerous. After the death of her parents, she's been careful to keep her secret as closely guarded as possible. Now, only one other person in the world knows about her age and ability. Or so she thinks. Elyse is not the only one keeping secrets. There are others like her all over the world, descendants of the very people the Greeks considered gods. She is one of them, and they have been waiting for her for a long time. Among so many of her kind, she should not be very remarkable--except for the prophecy. Some believe she will put an end to traditions, safeguarded by violence, which have oppressed her people for centuries. Others are determined to keep her from doing just that. But for Elyse, the game is just beginning--and she's not entirely willing to play by their rules.
What is your favorite part of the writing process?
My favorite part is finishing the first draft and reading through it for the first time. That’s when I get to make all of the fun changes without worrying how they will affect the rest of the book. Putting the finishing touches on the manuscript is a lot of fun.
Where did you get the idea for this series?
I knew I wanted to write a YA paranormal type of novel, and I remembered learning that some places in Greek mythology are actually thought to exist in the world today (the city of Troy for example). That got me thinking, what if the Greek gods were real too, but people only mistook them for gods. If people had supernatural abilities back then, society would have most likely treated them like gods. It was a cool concept that seemed like a feasible explanation for a paranormal storyline.
I know Oppression (Children of the Gods Book 1). is the first of many in this series, how many books are you thinking of writing for Oppression (Children of the Gods Book 1)?
Oppression is one of three books in my Children of the Gods series. It’s possible there will be more than that, but I’m aiming for three.
Do you plan on writing any other books in different genres?
Yes. I’d love to write a memoir. I really do love YA, though. I have a few other YA ideas that keep popping into my head from time to time.
What was your favorite book growing up and why?
Harry Potter. No question. Those books made me realize I truly loved to read. They changed how I thought of books. I’ll always have a special place in my heart for Harry Potter, as I’m sure the rest of the world will, too.
Are there any books you would recommend to fellow bloggers and readers out there?
BLOOD RED ROAD!!! I honestly don’t know if I’ve read anything so genius in my life. It’s BRILLIANT. I really envy Moira Young for her talent. It’s the kind of book I read as an author and think, I want to write like this.
Thanks so much for stopping by Jessica!
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