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Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Girlfriends' Cyber Circuit Starring: UNREMEMBERED by Jessica Brody

The super awesome Jessica Brody is visiting my blog to talk about the first book in her exciting new series: UNREMEMBERED. Jessica makes the BEST trailers for her books—make sure to stick around to the bottom to see her trailer for this new book!

About the Book:

The only thing worse than forgetting her remembering it.

When Freedom Airlines flight 121 went down over the Pacific Ocean, no one ever expected to find a single survivor; which is why the sixteen-year-old girl discovered floating amid the wreckage—alive—is making headlines across the globe. She has no memories of boarding the plane. She has no memories of her life before the crash. She has no memories…period. As she struggles to piece together her forgotten past and discover who she really is, every clue raises more questions. Her only hope is a strangely alluring boy who claims to know her. Who claims they were in love. But can she really trust him? And will he be able to protect her from the people who have been making her forget?

Set in a world where science knows no boundaries and memories are manipulated UNREMEMBERED by Jessica Brody is the first novel in a compelling, romantic, and suspenseful new sci-fi trilogy for teens.

Our Interview:

KRISTINA:      How did you get the idea for Unremembered?

JESSICA:  A few years ago, I read a newspaper article about a teen girl who was the sole survivor of a plane crash. I was instantly fascinated by the story. Namely because they had no idea why she survived when no else did. I started brainstorming reasons as to why she was so lucky. One particular reason (a rather intricate, science-fiction-inspired one) stuck in my mind and refused to leave. It continued to grow and blossom until I had an idea for an entire trilogy. A trilogy that starts with a mysterious plane crash and a single survivor.

KRISTINA: If your book was made into a movie, who would star as your main character?

JESSICA: This is always SUCH a hard question for me! You would think it would be easier!

However, for the lead role of Seraphina, I’ve always pictured Nina Dobrev from the Vampire Diaries. Seraphina is described as having a “flawless” beauty. I’ve always thought Nina Dobrev fit that description so well. In fact, as I was writing, I took a picture of Nina Dobrev, photoshopped in Seraphina’s purple eyes, and hung it above my computer as inspiration.

Maybe Nina will read this, contact me, and be like, “Cool! I’ll totally be in the movie!” Hey, an author can dream. :)

KRISTINA: How do you come up with the names of your characters?

JESSICA: Well, I will say this much: The name Seraphina actually is a nickname for the character, who was originally named SERA. But this isn’t a random name. It’s an acronym. That’s all I’ll tell you!

KRISTINA: Who is the Young Adult author that turns you into a fangirl?

JESSICA: I just recently met James Dashner at an event and kind of lost it. I was like, “OMG, you’re James Dashner!” And he was like, “Um, yes.” And then my mind went completely blank. It was embarrassing.

KRISTINA: What is your most favorite comment you’ve received from a fan?

JESSICA:  A blogger tweeted me a review of my book the other day and called it “biopunk” novel. I’d never even heard that term before but of course, I immediately looked it up on Wikipedia. Here’s what I found.

Biopunk science fiction is a subgenre of cyberpunk fiction that focuses on the near-future unintended consequences of the biotechnology revolution following the discovery of recombinant DNA. Biopunk stories explore the struggles of individuals or groups, often the product of human experimentation, against a backdrop of totalitarian governments and megacorporations which misuse biotechnologies as means of social control and profiteering.

I totally got the chills because I was like, “YES! That’s exactly what Unremembered is.” I was so grateful to finally have a term for it. I could never figure out what to call it before! I was also excited that this seems to be a “thing.”

KRISTINA: Are you on twitter? Where can we follow you?

JESSICA: Please do! I’m @JessicaBrody on twitter and on Instagram! Holla! Folla! (Okay, that was kinda lame. It sounded much better in my head.)

KRISTINA:   What are you working on now?

JESSICA: I just finished writing book 2 of the Unremembered Trilogy, which is called UNFORGOTTEN. And I’m gearing up to start working on book 3, which is called UNTITLED. Haha! But seriously, I’m thinking of keeping that title. What do you think?

KRISTINA:  I think that would be sooo funny! :) Good luck with the new book Jessica! It looks amazing!

About Jessica:

JESSICA BRODY knew from a young age that she wanted to be a writer. She started self “publishing” her own books when she was seven years old, binding the pages together with cardboard, wallpaper samples and electrical tape. She is the author of 52 Reasons to Hate My Father, My Life Undecided, The Karma Club, and now, Unremembered. Her books have been translated and published in over 15 countries. She currently splits her time between California and Colorado.

Friday, April 5, 2013

Be Back Soon :-)

I've been MIA lately here on my blog, facebook, and twitter and I feel awful about it! My new writing projects took a bit of a backburner too but I'm still jotting down my notes, coming up with new pitches, and writing scenes here and there when I can. My to-be-read pile of books is growing bigger and bigger and I desperately miss my book club and can't wait to get back. I'm hoping to throw myself back in my work soon-- by summer at least. Of course, just in time for the kids to be home from school. :-)

So yeah, I'm still here. Just lots of life stuff sucking up my time right now (and the above image is perfect, lol!) but I'll be back soon! :-)