Thursday, April 5, 2012

Author Interview: Jessica Shirvington

Jessica Shirvington lives in Sydney with her husband of ten years, FOXTEL presenter and former Olympic sprinter Matt Shirvington, and their two daughters. She has previously founded and run a coffee distribution company, Stella Imports, in London, and been involved in managing the restaurants Fuel Bistro, Tow Bar and MG Garage in Sydney.

She is currently a full-time mum, author and co-director in the company MPS Investments Pty Ltd.
*Bio taken from Jessica's website

It is a pleasure to have the opportunity to host Jessica on my blog today. Read on for some very yummy EMBRACE goodness!

The angel lore you’ve presented in Embrace is unlike any other I’ve read. Did you come up with it yourself or pull bits and pieces together from other sources?
It all originated from different pieces of folklore and religious interpretations of mythology we know well. I didn't want the angelic component to become preachy in any way, but also, the biblical linkups offer a wealth of fascinating story threads - so I decided to combine a range of different interpretations from varying religious groups. This ended up working really well and opened up the story to so many alternatives. Ultimately, the mythology leads to questions - if that happened then, how could it impact the now? If that power existed then, what would it have evolved to in today's world? This is where I was able to let me imagination run wild.

For example: The story of Lilith. There are so many different versions of this story. I found the one I liked - that described Lilith as the first wife of Adam - and then asked some of the obvious questions. If they were married, did they have children? If she became such a demonic force of evil after she left Adam, did that mean she wasn't human to begin with? With the answers to these questions, components of my story came to life.
The mythology came through so beautifully! I was intrigued and glued to the page for it.
Violet’s letter from her mother kicks off the entire angel/Grigori storyline. Is there a chance we get to know more about the elusive and deceased mom?
Yes. Violet's mother, Evelyn, is a part of Violet's story. Knowing about her past, the decisions she made, and even events she may have set in motion will become very important to Violet.
YES! I cannot wait to learn more about Violet's past and how her mom plays into it. 
What has the build-up to the US release been like? Are you excited that the books are being released so close together? (I am!!)
Incredible! It has been a bit of a whirlwind and I have been so lucky to have publishers that are so supportive of the series. Releasing the books on 6 monthly intervals is perfect as far as I'm concerned (I'm glad you agree!). It's becoming a bit of a new trend in YA, and for good reason. YA readers have a tendency to devour books and waiting a year between releases is asking a lot of readers. This way, readers don't have too long to wait and the story remains fresh in their minds. For me, I like being busy, so it's a win/win!
I am ecstatically happy that the books are being released so close together. Once I finished Embrace, I desperately wanted the next one. I may cave and buy them online soon. 
It must be asked, if you were in Violet’s position, would it be Lincoln or Phoenix?
If I were in Violet's position, I probably would've gotten myself killed by now! As for Lincoln and Phoenix .... I'll never tell. ;-)
Aww, come on! You know you want to say Phoenix!
And for fun, finish this sentence: 
Once upon a time there was a world without chocolate.

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