Feb 26, 2013

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Author Interview: Jessica Brody

Unremembered BlogTour 300x79 Author Interview: Jessica Brodyauthorinterview 300x69 Author Interview: Jessica BrodyToday I have the pleasure of sharing an interview I conducted with Jessica Brody, the author of Unremembered. icon smile Author Interview: Jessica Brody 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. icon smile Author Interview: Jessica Brody

1. What sets Unremembered apart from other books in the YA genre?

 Um, it has a purple cover? Okay, just kidding. Time to get serious.

*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! icon wink Author Interview: Jessica Brody Unremembered definitely surprised me!! 

2. What would you say was your favorite character to write about in Unremembered?

I have to say Cody, Seraphina’s 13-year-old foster brother.

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. icon wink Author Interview: Jessica Brody  

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? 

Oh my GOSH, was it hard!!! Sometimes it felt out right impossible! It was so difficult to give Seraphina a voice and a personality when she was basically a blank slate. I really had to ask myself the question, “Where does one get their personality?” Is it something we’re born with? Or does it come from our experiences? I think it’s a little of both. But I had to rely more on the former so that I could turn Seraphina into a real three-dimensional person. If you take a person and strip away their experiences, what’s left?

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. icon smile Author Interview: Jessica Brody

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?

Wow…GREAT question. In this first book, Zen is essentially defined by his desire to protect Sera. That is his whole character. In the next book, however, we’ll learn a lot more about Zen and his past and who he is as an individual person. But for this first installment, it was important to me that the focus be on Sera and figuring out who she is.

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. icon smile Author Interview: Jessica Brody  

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?

LOL! Well, that IS an important question! Can I please choose Katniss Everdeen instead? She’s so badass! Okay, I’m going to go with Seraphina. I know it’s the obvious answer as she’s the main character but she’s also got some mad skills (as mentioned above.) Superhuman abilities always come in handy during a zombie apocalypse!

Hehe who wouldn’t want Katniss on their side? But Sera would be quite helpful in survival as well! 

Who is Seraphina?

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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. icon smile Author Interview: Jessica Brody

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Unremembered 200x300 Author Interview: Jessica BrodyAbout Unremembered:

The only thing worse than forgetting her past… is remembering it.

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?

JessicaBrody 199x300 Author Interview: Jessica BrodyAbout Jessica Brody:

Jessica Brody is the author of 52 Reasons to Hate My FatherMy Life Undecided, and The Karma Club, as well as two adult novels: The Fidelity Files and Love Under Cover. Her books have been sold and translated in over 15 countries and several have been optioned for film and TV. Sometimes she wishes her memories could be erased so she could reread all her favorite books for the first time. She splits her time between California and Colorado. Visit her online at jessicabrody.com. 

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  1. jovialvampyre says:

    This sounds so interesting. Rally makes me wonder who/what she is. Thank you.

  2. I’m excited to read Seraphina’s story! I can’t help but be intrigued by these supernatural powers if they’d be helpful against zombies. ;) Great interview!

  3. Christina K. says:

    LOVE the little info about Seraphina and her possessions when found. This sounds like an awesome story:)

    The boy sounds so interesting:)

    Thank you:)

  4. I think I’d have to pick Katniss as my backup/bodyguard in the zombie apocalypse, too. It’s unavoidable. Heard such great things about this series and loved your author interview, Bailey! Great questions!

  5. I love this interview, Bailey! Jessica is so darn funny – I loved chatting with her while setting up my post for the blog tour. I’m so glad we’ll learn more about Zen in the next book. That taste of him just wasn’t enough!

  6. This was such an awesome interview ladies! Bailey, LOVED the zombie apocalypse question, I would probably pick Katniss Everdeen too – she’s lethal with those arrows. But Sera wouldn’t be bad to have around either:):) Cody was one of my favorite characters too, I hope he might reappear in future books!

  7. Awesome interview! Can’t wait to read it!!

  8. Great interview! I am reading this right now and have only just met Cody, but I can tell he is going to be a fun character. Sera is still blah to me, but I’m not very far into the book so she hasn’t really learned much yet. She only just found out her name was Sera. Haha!! Katniss would be a great choice in a zombie apocalypse. She’s got awesome bow and arrow skills! No need to get anywhere near the zombies with shooting skills like that!

  9. BAHAHAHA!!!! I’d choose Katniss too :D

  10. Love the interview..Great Giveaway!!

  11. Jessica Wu says:

    i’m so excited to read Unremembered!

  12. I’m curious of who is Seraphina is and what is her abilities. Unremembered has me intrigue.

  13. I really want to read Unremembered. I like the cover and how it’s unfocused :D

  14. Zen sounds awesome. Is it wrong to go all tingly over a guy who is all about protecting the heroine? It is? Oh, well–too late!

  15. Great interview. I would definitely want Katniss on my side during the zombie apocalypse :)


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