I’m still inspired by the classic English-literature canon, which is reflected in my books. You know, as I mentioned before, I didn’t really read YA lit before writing a YA novel – and I still don’t read it.
For example, my character Lucius Vladescu loves literature, and in the first book does a rather dramatic classroom report on Wuthering Heights. Before, I just didn’t know much about the genre, but now I deliberately avoid that whole section of the bookstore because I don’t want to be influenced by what other YA writers are doing.
For example, I’ll leave a cliffhanger at the end of a chapter, and suddenly I see new directions to take.
I envy people who can create detailed plots, though. I generally strive to finish one chapter each day, but hopefully achieve more than that.
I guess it’s such a solitary job that you need some company.
I am actually working full time on my doctoral dissertation.
ur vampire royals are married, and, of course, drowning in a sea of drama when Lucius is wrongfully accused of a crime and Jessica must save him. Did you ever dream of being told you were something other than what you thought?
We sat down (virtually speaking) with Jess to talk about her craft and her new book. Oddly enough, while I’ve never been a “candy and flowers” kind of girl–give me something practical, any day–I love a good love story. Sure, I think every kid has those moments when you think, “I don’t belong with this crazy family!
Honestly, if I’d been aware of the trend, I probably wouldn’t have written the book. It was as if he walked into my office and began dictating to me – which seems like something he’d do.” I got hired on the spot, and that’s what I’ve done ever since – thank goodness!I write in my home office, which is a messy space that fortunately has a nice view of my neighbor’s gorgeous garden. As soon as they are out of the house, I sit down to work.I had no idea that the market was already getting saturated, because I didn’t read YA lit before I started writing for YA readers. My children are adopted, and sometimes we wonder what their birth parents are or were like. Within the first few seconds, I felt like I knew everything about him.I live close to a small university with a radio station, and that’s what I usually listen to while I work. I definitely have to work to music, which seems to be true of most writers, don’t you think?