March 14, 2012

Debut Author Interview: Jessica Therrien

As a participant in the Oppression Blog Tour, I have the privilege of welcoming brand spankin' new author Jessica Therrien to the blog today. This is my very first bona fide author interview, so I'm a little bit excited. But before we get started, here's an introduction to Jessica (from Goodreads):

Jessica Therrien is the author of OPPRESSION, book one in her YA paranormal romance/adventure series, CHILDREN OF THE GODS. OPPRESSION was published by ZOVA books in February 2012.

Jessica is a graduate of San Diego State University. She lived in Taiwan for a year where she learned Chinese, but she lives in Chula Vista now, where everyone speaks Spanish instead. Although she is a Strategic Planner at the Otay Water District, her alter ego is a writer, who loves the arts with a passion.

Jessica is currently writing book two in her CHILDREN OF THE GODS series.

So without further ado, welcome Jessica!

A Little More About You
What is a completely random fact about you that most people don't know?
 I'm completely, deathly, crazy afraid of aliens. I weird. I blame E.T.

What books have influenced your life most?
1.  Where the Red Fern Grows - Because when I read it as a kid I cried for three days.
2.  Harry Potter - Because I'd never read books so fast in my life.
3.  Do I dare say Twilight (don't throw tomatoes...) - Because it started my YA book addiction.
4.  The Hunger Games - Because I'd never read anything so compelling.
5.  Divergent - Because it made me realize what kind of writer I want to be.

Your story touches on Greek mythology. If you could be any mythological being, who would you be?
In terms of traditional Greek mythology, I'd be Aphrodite, the goddess of love. If we're strictly talking Children of the Gods, I'd be descendant of Hermes or Iris for the reason I list in the next question.

Would you want to have a supernatural ability like Elyse? And if so, what would it be?
Who wouldn't want a supernatural ability? Heck yeah, I would want one. I would want the ability to fly.

About Writing In General
Which one are you: Super Plotter OR Pantser Extraordinaire (or a little bit of both)?
Honestly, I start out trying to be a Super Plotter. I'm a complete perfectionist. However, my writing brain doesn't like to listen. It goes in all sorts of crazy directions, and by the time I'm finished, my outline is completely irrelevant.

I'm a Pantser Extraordinaire at heart.

Is there anything that you find particularly challenging in your writing process?
My brain likes to give me ideas when it wants to, not when it's necessarily the most convenient time. I could have the whole day free to write, and nothing comes, instead it chooses to give me ideas in the middle of grocery shopping or driving. Thank God for my droid.

Where do you get your ideas for your stories? What inspires you?
My best ideas come from brainstorming sessions with my mom and sister. Talking about my books always gets my creative juices flowing. I'm inspired by music, good TV *cough* The Vampire Diaries *cough*, and memories. I love to use memories in my writing.

What single piece of advice would you give to aspiring authors?
Go to a writers conference. That's what worked for me. Even if you don't get what you're looking for, you'll meet great writer friends.

About Your Debut Novel Oppression
How did the idea for Oppression come about?
I needed something new to feed my YA book addiction. At the time, I wasn't finding it, so I wrote what I knew I wanted to read. Now that the YA genre has exploded, there are so many great YA books out there.

What was the hardest part about writing Oppression?
For me, editing was the hardest part, but also the most rewarding. It's hard to change something you've worked for years to make perfect, but in the end, so worth it.

From beginning to end, how long did it take you to complete the first draft of your story?
That's a hard question to answer because I gave up so many times. I wouldn't write for months. I want to say two years, counting those months I set it aside.

Which of your characters in Oppression was your favourite to write?
Oddly enough, it's Kara. She was never supposed to play a big part, but she just sort of took on a life of her own. I couldn't ignore her. She just weaseled her way into the story.

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Thanks, Jessica for the interview! I read Oppression just prior to its launch and really enjoyed it. I'll definitely be picking up a copy of Children of the Gods #2 when it hits shelves so I can find out what happens next. If you haven't read it yet, you can find it at:

Amazon (US, CAN, UK)
Kindle (for only $0.99!)
Nook (for only $0.99!)
You can also buy a signed copy on Jessica's blog (very cool!)

For those of you taking part in The Debut Author Challenge through The Story Siren's blog, this would be a good one to add to your list.


  1. Oooh, sounds good! I'm a sucker for anything with Greek mythology. I'll probably be picking this one up on the Kindle, just because I'm out of book space right now, but that cover is so pretty it makes me want the actual book :)

    1. Thanks so much!! I really hope you like it :)

  2. Jessica, don't be ashamed of liking Twilight.. people may bash it but guess what? Meyer is making a ton of money because it was a hit so she obviously did SOMETHING right.

    1. Yeah! Lol...good point. I'm still a sucker for vampires! HAHA...get it? SUCKER? I know... I'm a dork.

  3. Great interview, Jaime! The book sounds interesting too--I'll have to check it out. I have to say, though... the cover is good, but it does look a little like a perfume ad. Not sure why anyone would buy a perfume called "Oppression"... perhaps it was Voldemort's choice of aftershave. Did Voldemort even shave? Hmmm...

    1. Haha...yeah, not sure who would buy that perfume ;)

  4. Great interview! I love books that dabble in Greek myths.

  5. I'm an avid outliner and perfectionist as well, but by the time I've completed all edits on my manuscripts, they no longer resemble the outline. Weird how that works!
    And need to set you up with ET - he's really a nice guy.

    1. Haha...No ET for me, thank you. Every time I see a picture I get the heebie jeebies.

  6. Thanks for a great interview Jaime :)

  7. Scared of E.T? I think you've picked the most harmless alien out there. *wink* Great interview. I am definitely a planner...but my outline has been redone several times. Not sure what that makes me. Open minded? *grin* Anyway, loved the book and really cannot wait for the 2nd one.

  8. Congratulations on the interview Jaime! I love your questions :)

    Now I'll have to pick this book up!

  9. Awesome interview, ladies! I have to say, I completely agree with the influential books list.

  10. Great interview :D
    Going to a conference is high on my list of things I really want to do, probably next year...
    This book is on my kindle and I´m looking forward to it...


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