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Thursday, August 27, 2009

Interview with Jackson Pearce, author of AS YOU WISH

The always entertaining Jackson Pearce is visiting my blog today to talk about her debut book, AS YOU WISH:

About As You Wish

Seven months ago, Viola's boyfriend told her he was gay—moments before she was going to lose her virginity to him. Heartbroken, Viola has resigned herself to near invisibility, until she inadvertently summons a young jinn out of his world, Caliban, and into her own. Here he will remain until she makes three wishes.

Jinn is anxious to get back to Caliban, but Viola is terrified of wishing, afraid her wishes will be manipulated into curses. Jinn knows that should she wait too long, the Ifrit, guardians of earthbound jinn, will press her to wish by hurting those around her.As they spend time together, Jinn can't deny that he's slowly falling in love with Viola, blurring the lines between master and servant. It's only after Viola makes her first wish—for a popular boy to love her—that she realizes the feelings are mutual.

With every wish Jinn's time with her diminishes, but the longer she waits to wish the greater danger she's in from the Ifrit. Together, Viola, Jinn, and Viola's ex-boyfriend try to outwit the Ifrit while dealing with their own romantic complexities and the alcohol-laced high school social scene.

Our Interview:

What's your very favorite thing about your book (Certain chap? Scene? Cover?)

JACKSON: My favorite thing about AS YOU WISH is the part with the words.

KRISTINA: Where do you do most of your writing? And if you have a picture could you share?

JACKSON: I have an office by my bookshelves:

KRISTINA: Oooh, pretty! Ok, what's the naughtiest thing you did in high school that you DIDN'T get caught doing (Fess up now!)

JACKSON: I cheated. All the time. Seriously. I kind of sometimes feel bad about it, to be honest. I mean, is my degree still mine? Is someone going to come snatch it away? The biggie was this online math course I took, where me and this other student had a little ring of cheating...oh I feel bad. Maybe I shouldn't share this. Don't judge me. I love you.

KRISTINA: What did you do on the release day of AS YOU WISH?

JACKSON: I slept in, ate ice cream with gummi bears for lunch, got a massage, and had dinner with my parents. I felt very luxurious getting a massage, but I think the ice cream and gummi bears was the best part of the day.

KRISTINA: Sounds like a fun day! What's your favorite coffee drink? (If you don't like coffee, WHY NOT?! Really, what do you like to drink then while you're writing?)

JACKSON: I don't like coffee. But I drink Diet Coke like it's going out of style in a serious way. I can throw down some Diet Coke. I dare you the challenge me to Diet Coke drink off.

KRISTINA: You would totally win! Thanks for stopping by Jack and good luck with your book!

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