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Welcome to Bitten by Books, we are excited to have you here today!
I would like to thank you taking the time to join us for the question and answer session with our readers. It has been very interesting to get to know more about you and what makes you tick as a writer! Readers, if you haven’t done so already please stop by and get your copy of Jessica’s newest book The Beautiful Being.
BBB: What are the most challenging and the most rewarding aspects of writing?
JI: The most challenging aspect is keeping my own needs for the story in balance with what my readers want. Sometimes, if I write a story all my way, it gets out of whack. Actually, readers help me write better stories, as they aren’t self indulgent! The most rewarding aspects are having people appreciate what I’ve done and write to me about it. I think, wow! Someone bothered to read and write, and that means a great deal to me, even if the comment isn’t necessarily “good.”
BBB: Do you consider different series paranormal romance or urban fantasy? and do you think it is important to distinguish between the two?
JI: I think the lines have gotten a bit blurred. I suppose both my series could be urban fantasy as they both begin in San Francisco, center on younger folks (late twenties) who are living their urban lives, and then magic or aliens appear. But then, they also have that paranormal twist–the magic and aliens. I think genres and the genre lines often exist in order to delineate things for editors and publishers. That said, I know contemporary romance readers may not want to pick up an urban fantasy, and the information on the book spine is helpful in that way.
BBB: The Believe trilogy was set here on Earth, while the Being trilogy is on another planet. Why did you decide to leave Earth and create another world?
JI: I am not sure why, except that I have long been a science fiction fan, more a fan of science fiction film than books, though. I loved to watch Star Trek with my sons. I think that the idea of space is one that we comprehend in some inner way–the movie Contact with Jodie Foster made that clear to me. We know space in some fundamental way, and yet, we don’t know what in the heck is out there. So I wanted to do some of that figuring in my stories. And, plot wise, I suppose I have more freedom out there as no one really does know much!
But both series rely on the theory of quantum physics–that the world, solar system, galaxy, universe are all made up of energy. Everything is connected, is the same, is exactly what we are made up of. Nothing is separate. Everything is one thing. And that premise really does run through both series.
BBB: What is the most ridiculous thing that you have thought about doing to any of your characters but never did?
JI: I don’t know that I haven’t done what I’ve wanted to with characters. I can’t think of anything that they haven’t done. My editors have tweaked things and changed things, but pretty much, they have been able to live all over the page!
BBB: Will Les Croyant des Trois (Believe) reappear with different central characters?
JI: At this point, I am sad to say that no, there aren’t any further stories in that series. Though I have long wanted to write Niall’s story–from Reason to Believe–and I think Rasheed from Believe in Me would be a great leading man.
BBB: How do you keep track of your world building?
JI: On yellow legal pads and with the help of my careful readers, and, sadly, from readers who write to tell me that I missed something (I can fix things in the mass market versions). I write down the world ideas, and then I often have to re-read the previous novel to remind myself of where I’ve been and where I want to go next. It is so much fun to create a world, but it also involves so many details.
BBB: What do you feel are the benefits of the new electronic readers such asor to the environment?
JI: While I love print and while I love books–you should see my office at the college and my office, bedroom, living room, and master closet-, all filled and stacked with books, books, books-I think that books are wasteful. Books don’t make much sense any more, not with the depleted resources of this planet. And do we all want to have the 6.99 mass market version of a book forever? I think loading up books intoand ereaders is fabulous, and when I want that special tome to get signed or to read and reread, I can buy that, too.
Something big is going to happen and the whole way we buy, sell, and read books will change completely in my lifetime. Remember, we haven’t been literate as a people that long. We can let go of this technology and move on to something else. We don’t have to hold on to what is not working well for writers or for readers.
BBB: What impact do electronic readers create on the bottom line for authors in the end? Do you feel they have a negative impact or positive, or no impact at all that you can see?
JI:Yes, we will miss having our book in a bookstore, and we might not be able to fondle our book and touch the cover repeatedly. But–we will be able to sell more books and make more money in the long run. I think the way we are paid will change, too (smaller advances, more payout per book). So I think it will be better for writers, once writers figure that out.
BBB: Can you tell us about the different trilogies and the general storyline that drives them?
JI: The Believe trilogy is a story about three siblings fighting for an understanding of their father. It’s about a lot of other things (the three siblings, men, have three very strong female love interests, who are major characters). But the major plot follows these men working together to solve the story of their father’s life and thus, riding their world of a man who would destroy it.
The Being trilogy is more about siblings trying to find each other and then trying to find their other halves, their doubles. They will literally go to space and back in order to do that. Both interests are fundamental to this story.
BBB: What else do you currently have in the works? When can we expect your next book?
JI: Right now, I am in the midst of change. My editor Kate Duffy recently died. She was the editor who shepherded both series, and I’m still a little bit in shock about her death. I also am in the process of finding a new agent, so with both these pivotal areas in some confusion, when I will publish and what is in question.
What I am working on is a novel more in line with my first six novels with NAL, contemporary women’s fiction.
BBB: Will there be updates from the next generation of Cygirians?
At this time, there is no news from the former Cygirians. That trilogy really locked itself up, though I do think I could write a tale about Porter and Stephanie. They were a really fun couple, and I do think they have a tale to tell. I enjoyed being a smart aleck through Porter, though I do think there are deeper waters there.
BBB: In the Being trilogy and the first book of Believe, San Francisco was featured. Why did you decide to leave The City, and what made you choose Edinburgh, Hilo, and Paris for the other two Believe books? Are these cities you have lived in, or just visited?
JI: Because these folks could move through matter, I knew I could take them anywhere. The story did not have to stick to conventional locals, so I just let them go where they felt like it and—not so strangely—they often went to places I have. I have never been to Edinburgh, however, and I had to do a great deal of research on that city. I had just been to Paris for three weeks before I wrote Believe in Me, so the details were very fresh.
BBB: Where do you see the paranormal/urban fantasy genre headed? Can you see it slowing down in the near future, or do you think that the immediate future is pretty bright for it?
JI: I wish I had a crystal ball so I could write the first of the brand new things to come down the pike—or maybe the third! The market is so variable, that it’s hard to say what will happen. My advice to other writers and my writing students is to write what you want, and then see what will happen later. It’s almost impossible to write for the market. We were all told that paranormals and vampires were over, and now look at them, dripping blood everywhere, even on TV! So again, I will just write what I want and hope that I can find an audience for it.
BBB: Do you have any personal traits that you have written into the characters of your books?
JI: So many I can’t count. In Being With Him, Garrick’s ironic take on the art museum was mine, a reaction I had when walking in the MOMA in New York City. I just pull from my life and from the world without really thinking about it, and then I see I’ve given them my habits and beliefs, not all good!
BBB: The Believe trilogy had many French references. Do you speak French?
JI: I desperately try. I go to France and embarrass myself constantly. But I love the language and the people. My dream is to have a little cottage somewhere, maybe Normandy, and live out my days as a wizened crone, milking my cow and feeding my ducks. I set part of Believe in Me in Normandy, basing one of the final scenes on a house I stayed at there.
BBB: True Blood or The Vampire Diaries?
JI: Sookie!! I love me my Sookie Stackhouse. I love the books; I love the show. I’ve turned my mom into a Sookie freak. She has a Sookie book in her purse at all times, to read at appointments and in line. I haven’t read The Vampire Diaries, though, so I can’t really say anything about them. I haven’t even read Twilight. Yikes! I’m stuck on Sookie.
BBB: Do you have any plans for book signings/ readings anytime soon? If so, where can our readers find you?
JI: October 11th, I will be at the Koret Auditorium at the San Francisco Main library in SF, CA on a panel about genre literature at 12.30. This should be a great panel, as we will be discussing the value of writing genre literature and also talking about how we are viewed by the “literati.”
October 20th, I will be at Orinda Books in Orinda, CA at 7 pm, reading from The Beautiful Being.
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