To celebrate the UPRISING Blog Tour, Jessica Therrien is stopping by today for a brief interview. We had a blast getting to know her a little better and we hope you do too!
1. What snacks/drink help you through your writing process?
Well…it used to be a good cup of coffee, but I can’t drink it anymore because I’m nursing. I had a baby four months ago J
2. What inspired the idea behind Children of the Gods?
I read somewhere that certain places in Greek mythology really exist. I thought, what if there was a historical explanation for the gods as well? In ancient Greece, if there were people who aged at a slower pace than humans and had supernatural powers they’d likely be mistaken for gods.
3. Was picking out your character’s names easy or hard? And did you change any during your process?
Some were easy. William has always been William. Elyse was harder. She used to be called Ruth. For some reason that is what came to me when I started writing. I called her Ruthie a lot. Pretty close to the release of Oppression I asked the publisher if I could change it. Ruth sounded to old for a YA book in my opinion, despite my connection to the name. The CEO of ZOVA sat with me and we listed name after name. Eventually we ran across Elyse (Ellie) and that was perfect. It made me think of Elysian Fields from Geek mythology.
4. Did you struggle with any part of Uprising?
I generally struggle at some point with every book I write. For me the hardest part is getting the content out. That first draft always kills me.
5. The covers are beautiful, how did you come about choosing those specific ones? And do the colors green and orange symbolize anything in particular?
I definitely can’t take the credit for choosing anything. My publisher designed both covers. I did get to brainstorm with them about the first one. It turned out even better than I imagined. The green color of Oppression isn’t as important as the black. She’s been in the dark, and in this book she’s coming into the light (being enlightened) about the world around her. The color of Uprising is significant, but I don’t want to spoil anything. Let’s just say the Lenaia caves play a part.
Thanks for the great interview!! J
No, thank you, Jessica, it was our pleasure! We are so happy and excited for you and your new book!!
Jessica Therrien follows up her bestselling novel OPPRESSION with UPRISING, the second book in the Children of the Gods series.
OPPRESSION, translated and sold around the world, was one of the best selling YA novels of 2012. UPRISING continues the story of Elyse, William and the Descendants.
Jessica Therrien is the author of the young adult paranormal fiction series Children of the Gods. Book one in the series, Oppression, was published by ZOVA Books in February of 2012 and became a Barnes & Noble best-seller shortly after its release. The second book in the series, Uprising, will be available in May of 2013.
Aside from her Children of the Gods series, Jessica’s work can also be found in a published collection of flash fiction stories called Campaigner Challenges 2011. Out of over 350 submissions her story, The Soulless, won first place for people’s choice and fourth place in the judging round of Rachael Harrie’s Writing Campaign Challenge. Her story, Saved, is also available as part of the anthology.
Jessica currently lives in Chula Vista with her husband and is working on book three in her Children of the Gods series.