Monday, March 12, 2012

Oppression Author Interview and Giveaway!!

Hi everyone!! Today I have Jessica Therrien, author of Oppression (Children of the Gods Book 1).

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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51 comments:

  1. My favorite Greek Goddess is Athena because she is a strong female who embodies wisdom. Plus, owls are REALLY cute.

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  2. I've always liked Persephone and Aphrodite the best.

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    1. My niece's name is Athena, so I like here too :)

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  4. ooo! have been eyeing this for a while now! Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

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    1. Thanks! I hope you check it out. It's only $.99 on B&N right now :) http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/oppression-jessica-therrien/1108059347?ean=2940013982574

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  5. Persephone, for no apparent reason really! I just really love greek mythology

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    1. Cool! I hope you check out Oppression :)

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  6. Hades, because Aimée Carter's The Goddess Test really made me love him.

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    1. That's awesome. I really want to read her books, but I don't want them to influence my writing... :/

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  7. my favorite is the fates, but if they don't count then my favorite is persephone because who wouldn't want to leave a trail of flowers in their wake? : )

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    1. Good point! :) Thanks for stopping by for the blog tour!

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  8. I am going to be lame and say Cassandra (nope, I wasn't named after her, interestingly enough).. but her story is so tragic and beautiful.

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    1. YAY! Cassandra picked Cassandra :) Thanks for stopping by!

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  9. Thanks for interviewing me on your blog!! :)

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  10. Poseidon! He's just freaking awesome. Haha and Kellan Lutz plays him in the new movie Immortals. thanks for the giveaway!

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    1. That movie was crazy gross...I couldn't finish it, lol. I'm a wuss XP

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  11. My favorite Greek goddess is Persephone because she was kidnapped by Hades and ate the seeds to stay in the underworld half a year. :)

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  12. I LOVE Poseidon and Artemis!! I love anything to do with water and moon, and I think that being the Goddess of the Hunt is SOOO cool too. :D Haha, thanks for this giveaway!

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  13. Artemis, my family years ago worshipped "Diana" in Sicily. I think part of that is still in the gypsy and old way traditions.

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  14. Hades, because he rules the Underworld, and his love for Persephone and the mythology behind this love and the seasons is so awesome <3
    How not to love, in fact, both? <3

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  15. Eros because who doesn't love the god that embodies the male sexual power lol He always interested me with his match making/trouble making skills :) Thank you for doing this giveaway!

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  16. Hades, God of the Underworld. :) I think he's kind of cool. And I have a weak spot for bad guys. :P

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  17. My favorite Greek God: Poseidon. He just seems very cool. :D Thanks for the giveaway! :D

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  18. My choice: Athena. She's strong and very wise!

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  19. They are all seem pretty awesome. I'm gonna go with Aphrodite because she's the goddess of love & Apollo because he's the god of the arts. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  20. Ares, God of War....I even named my cat after him!

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  21. Favorite God is Hades. cause he got tricked into the underworld and yeah.. no reason really, just really like him :P

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  23. Eros! Because the Eros and Psyche story is probably my favorite Greek story. A treasured childhood memory of mine is of my dad reading it to me. :)

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  24. My favorite is Persephone. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  25. Poseidon because I love the ocean and swimming!

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  26. I just finished reading this book! I want to read the rest!!!!!!! NOW!!! :-)

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  27. My favorite God/Goddess would be Artemis. She's brave, beautiful, agile, strong yet delicate. She's the goddess of hunt, wild animals and few other things. Personally I think she's badass - with the bow and all :D

    Thanks for a fabulous contest! <3

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  28. Aaaah I don't remember his name, but he's the messenger of the Gods? He wears this golden sandals with wings or something that lets him fly and deliver messages. Like FedEx only cooler.

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  29. Poseidon...love his power with water

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  30. Athena! I love her wisdom and courage!

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  31. Athena, because she's the goddess of wisdom.

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  32. My favorite is Artemis! She's been my favorite for many years, and she reminds me of myself quite a bit. She's the virgin goddess, and I don't particularly want children, she's the goddess of the hunt/archery and archery is one of my favorite past times. She's got a bit of a temper and very stubborn, which is very much like me! She's simply amazing as well!

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  33. Athena because she is the goddess of courage and wisdom.

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  34. I think I'm going to have to say either Hades or Poseidon, but I'm probably too unreasonably swayed by the Percy Jackson novels and The Goddess Test series.

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  35. I don't know a lot of the god/goddess but I'd say Hades and Demeter because I loved them both in Aimée Carter's The Goddess Test and Goddess Interrupted.

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  36. I never thought that this book would be so fantastic. As a huge fan of Greek and Roman mythologies, I didn’t have a hard time understanding Oppression. I think this book was blessed with Aphrodite’s beauty because I was completely in awe of it.

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  37. Athena! Because she is the personification of a strong woman, beautiful and smart ^ - ^

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