Author Interview: Jessica Brody
Today I have the pleasure of sharing an interview I conducted with Jessica Brody, the author of Unremembered. I loved interviewing her! She’s so much fun. I hope you guys enjoy the interview and get more insight into Unremembered. Be sure to check out the giveaway of Unremembered at the bottom of this post, as well as another “Who is Seraphina?” clue. Make sure to stop by all the blogs on the tour to collect all the clues.
1. What sets Unremembered apart from other books in the YA genre?
*Puts on serious face*
*Checks serious face in mirror*
*Laughs at ridiculousness of serious face*
I think every author wants to believe that they’re book stands apart in the marketplace. But then again, there’s always that old adage that says, “There’s no such thing as a new idea.” And while I do believe that’s true for the most part, I also believe that there’s such a thing as a “fresh take on an idea.” I hope that people will find that UNREMEMBERED is that fresh take. It deals with memory loss (old idea), but the mystery behind why her memories were lost is is revealed gradually along the way and probably not the reason you would think! The main character is a girl who has superhuman abilities (old idea) but because she has amnesia, she rediscovers these abilities along with the reader, something I hope is as fun to read about as it was to write about.
In the end, though, I think what sets UNREMEMBERED apart is its ability to surprise you. I don’t think you’ll be able to predict the twist at the end, but if you happen to reread the book, you’ll see that all the clues were in there all along. Carefully hidden. (Mwahaha. )
I’ve heard so many early readers say that the book wasn’t what they were expecting but they really liked it anyway. I love this comment. After writing three contemporaries with semi-predictable endings, it’s nice to be able to surprise people for a change.
There, how’d I do? Did you take me seriously?
Haha of course! Unremembered definitely surprised me!!
2. What would you say was your favorite character to write about in Unremembered?
This genre was brand new for me. My first time venturing into the world of sci-fi. And as all my contemporaries were comedies, it was oftentimes a challenge for me to write something darker and more serious (see evidence above.) Cody, however, is the comic relief of the novel. So writing him was like a little link back to my comfort zone. I always felt like I was “home” when I wrote him. And it gave me the opportunity to make fun of myself a little. While Sera’s storyline is rather dark and mysterious and all these harrowing things are happening around her, Cody can always be counted on to lighten the mood with a comedic crack on her situation.
Cody was too funny! Sera needed him to lighten her up a little when things got too serious.
3. Throughout most of the book, Sera has absolutely no idea who she is. Was it difficult to write from her point of view with nothing from her past to go off of?
Another challenge was the fact that I couldn’t reference anything from her past while telling the story through her eyes. She couldn’t compare her experiences to anything. She couldn’t adequately describe how she was feeling. She couldn’t use antidotes from her childhood. It was extremely frustrating at times. In the end, it’s why I chose to write the book with such sparse sentences. A large number of sentences in the novel are actually fragments. Incomplete. Because to me, that’s what Seraphina’s mind looks like from the inside.
That is so tough! But I think you did a good job balancing everything.
4. Zen is Sera’s savior (and much more) in Unremembered, and he will do anything in his power to protect her. What is the best and worst thing about this side of Zen?
The best thing about Zen’s obsession with protecting Sera is that it gives her a foundation for Zen. A reason to trust him. He’s willing to do so much for her that she finds it hard to believe he’d ever harm her. She really needs that. He becomes a port in her storm.
The worst part about this quality of Zen’s is that he’s often blinded by his obsession. To the point where his own life is endangered. And he’s also blinded to a bigger truth that could end up saving both of them.
Oooh I can’t wait to learn more about Zen. He is a bit of a mystery.
5. The last question is quite important and what I have to ask every author: The zombie apocalypse is coming and you have to choose one character from Unremembered to help you survive it. Who would you choose and why?
Hehe who wouldn’t want Katniss on their side? But Sera would be quite helpful in survival as well!
Who is Seraphina?
Thanks to Macmillan, I have a copy of Unremembered to give away to one lucky winner. You must be 13 years or older to enter and live in the U.S. or Canada. Just fill out the Rafflecopter form below to enter.
When Freedom Airlines flight 121 went down over the Pacific Ocean, no one ever expected to find survivors. Which is why the sixteen-year-old girl discovered floating among the wreckage—alive—is making headlines across the globe.
Even more strange is that her body is miraculously unharmed and she has no memories of boarding the plane. She has no memories of her life before the crash. She has no memories period. No one knows how she survived. No one knows why she wasn’t on the passenger manifest. And no one can explain why her DNA and fingerprints can’t be found in a single database in the world.
Crippled by a world she doesn’t know, plagued by abilities she doesn’t understand, and haunted by a looming threat she can’t remember, Seraphina struggles to piece together her forgotten past and discover who she really is. But with every clue only comes more questions. And she’s running out of time to answer them.
Her only hope is a strangely alluring boy who claims to know her from before the crash. 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?