I am very excited to be part of debut author Jessica Therrien's blog tour. Her YA novel, Oppression hit bookstores February 28, 2012
1. Please tell us about your YA debut novel, Oppression.
Oppression is based on the premise that Greek gods were never really gods at all, but a different race of people mistaken for gods due to their long life spans and unusual abilities. I can’t really sum it up better than the back cover blurb…
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.
2. A strong heroine makes a story worth reading. How would you describe your heroine, Elyse?
This is such a great question, because a lot of the times when you think of a strong heroine you think of someone tough, hardcore, or aggressive. Saba from Blood Red Road for instance is very strong in those ways. Elyse is not that. She may seem weak at first glance, she cries, she’s skinny and small, but despite those characteristics, she has strength of mind and heart. Elyse’s strengths lie in what she believes in. She’s strong-willed and determined. She’s loyal and loving, and though she does have moments of weakness, those are the moments that make her real and prove how strong she is, because in the end she overcomes them.
3. In Oppression, many of the characters have unique abilities. I imagined myself as the person who was able to manipulate and create smells. Which ability would you have? (my son thought this question was amusing, particularly the smell part -ahhh 7 year olds :)
Haha…I can’t only imagine the smells a 7-year-old would conjure.
I would want to be a messenger. I’d love the ability to fly, though having to resist in public would be extremely hard.
4. Were you inspired by any musicians or any particular songs while writing?
I listened to all sorts of stuff when writing. One thing I did have on the loop for a while was the Twilight soundtrack. Movie soundtracks in general tend to inspire me.
5. I read you are in the process of writing book two in the series. Between writing, a day job and being a newly-wed you must be pretty busy. Besides writing, what do you like to do in your free time? Any guilty pleasures?
My husband likes to say I have three jobs, work, writing, and him. It’s true. I’m very very VERY busy, but I work well under pressure. When it gets to be too much, T.V. is my go-to. I’m terrible. I’ve probably wasted years of my life sitting on the couch watching T.V., but it’s my only vice…well, T.V. and coffee. Here’s what’s sucking me in right now:
Up All Night
The Biggest Loser
In the queue:
The Secret Circle
Wow. Talk about the hardest question ever…
I’m going to assume you’re talking about future generations of the world, not just my family.
1. A Droid phone or iphone
2. The Harry Potter Series (books)
3. Today’s paper
4. Star Wars Movies (DVDs)
5. MacBook Air labptop
I probably should have picked better, more life-altering things, but I don’t know…Harry Potter was pretty life-altering ;)
Thanks for a great interview!
Jessica, thank you so much for visiting today. Oppression can be purchased for only $0.99 throught the blog tour.
*Over the next 15 days Jessica will be collecting comments from all of the blog tour stops. At the end, she'll pull one lucky winner out of a hat. They'll win an Oppression poster, an Oppression notebook, and a signed copy of Oppression. Follow the link back to her blog for the complete list of tour stops.