Carpinello's Writing Pages welcomes Jessica Therrien, a YA author from California.
First, a bit about Jessica:
Jessica Therrien is the author of the young adult paranormal fiction series Children of the Gods. Book 1 in the series Oppression became a Barnes & Noble best-seller shortly after its release. Aside from her wildly popular trilogy, 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. After growing up in the tiny town of Chilcoot, CA, population 108, Jessica currently lives in Irvine, CA, with her husband and two young sons.
Why did you pick to write books for Young Adults?
YA books are fast-paced, engaging, and let us relive a time in our lives when we were young and in love.
What types of books do you like to read?
I love to read YA when I’m writing YA, but, in general, I like books that aren’t too depressing. I love to be transported to a different world.
When you are not writing, what do you like to do?
I’m a mom, so mostly I play with my kids. If I had more free time, I would love to play my guitar, scrapbook, garden, sew, and make jewelry.
Tell us about the Children of the Gods series and how the story came to be.
After the YA genre exploded onto the scene, I read through pretty much everything I could get my hands on. I searched for that next “it” book but couldn’t find anything that grabbed me so I decided I’d write it myself.
Here's a peek at Redemption, Book 3 of Children of the Gods:
Humans and Descendants struggle to live together in a world that isn’t ready for such a change. America is divided. Those who glorify the supernatural race believe Descendants truly are the gods they claim relation to. Others see them as a threat.
When Elyse gives birth to the next generation oracle, she sees one final vision—war. The destruction of the country’s major cities, and the end of America as we know it.
After her daughter is born, Elyse finds herself without the ability she needs to predict the future. Desperate to save the world from such conflict, she puts her faith in the hope that Descendants are the key to survival. After all, they have the power to supply a broken society with the means to survive.
Only from the ashes can a new world be born.
Have you written other books? If so, tell us a bit about them.
Of course, Books 1 & 2, Oppression and Uprising, in the Children of the Gods. I’m working on a children’s book and an adult novel as well.
What advice do you have for other authors?
Don’t write to make a living. Write because you love it.
Anything else you want readers to know?
Oppression was the #3 Teen best-selling novel on Barnes & Noble when it came out, right behind The Hunger Games. I hope you give it a shot!
Thanks for the interview!!
Where can readers find you and your books?
GOODREADS | AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE