Thursday, 28 October 2010

The Crossroads Blog Tour (Day 13)

Welcome to day 13 of The Crossroads Blog Tour and today I'm featuring Jackie Morse Kessler author of Hunger (October, 2010) and the upcoming sequel Rage (April, 2011). Check out the Goodreads description for Hunger here. I believe there will be four books in the series and each protagonist will represent one of the four Horsemen of the Apocalypse.

You’ve written quite a few books, are any of them YA?

HUNGER is my first book intended for teens, which is why I have a slightly different byline (Jackie Morse Kessler) for it than I do for my adult books (Jackie Kessler). The dystopian superhero duology The Icarus Project (coauthored with Caitlin Kittredge) was aimed at adults, but older teens who like their superheroes not too clean-cut would probably enjoy reading BLACK AND WHITE and SHADES OF GRAY.

Are you writing anything else at the moment or have any ideas in the pipeline? Will they be paranormal in nature?

I’m currently writing the third Horseman book, LOSS. That book is about a bullied teenage boy who gets tricked into becoming Pestilence.

About your writing style, are you a pantser or an outliner? What would your one bit of writing advice be?

I used to be a strict pantser. Now I’m somewhere in between; I find the right beginning, then after a few chapters I’ll write a synopsis and use that as a guideline for the rest of the book (or, in the case of RAGE, throw it out completely.) My writing advice is you can’t fix what you don’t write. Get it down, then worry about getting it right.

What’s your favourite thing about Halloween?

An excuse to be someone or something else…or an excuse to eat chocolate. Hmm. I can’t decide which of those is my favorite!

Favourite scary movie?

Hmm. Probably the original Halloween, before everything got explained (family connections) and redone (Rob Zombie). When it was just a psychopath (who mysteriously knew how to drive a car even though he’d been catatonic since he was a child) who slaughtered teenagers (and a dog) for no reason other than Just Because, that was damn scary. And to this day, the theme music terrifies me.

If you could be any supernatural creature, what would you be and why?

You know what? I’m happy playing God by being a writer. (My characters tend to go through very bad things; I wouldn’t wish that on anyone—especially on myself!)

Thank you to Jackie for answering all of my questions! To find out more about Jackie and her books, you can visit her website here . She is also active on Facebook and Twitter. And in case you're wondering what the cover for Rage looks like, here it is...

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  1. Great Interview! I love the concept of this book! I haven't read it yet but I deffinitely am going to!!

    My Bloody Fairy Tale

  2. I still think this concept of using the four horsemen is brilliant! I like the idea of playing God on PAPER (ahem to all those doctors I've seen that think they actually are God) because as a writer you basically are. You can make anything happen and no one can say, that can't happen because you created that world. Hmmm, seeing much latitude in the world I create for NaMoWriMo. Thanks!

    That might be the best writing advice I've ever received!

  3. This is an amazing concept and I love that it cam from personal experience. I cannot wait to read this book!!

    My Bloody Fairy Tale

  4. Cool~ I have an e-ARC of Hunger and Rage. Can't wait to read both.

    Anne R.
    isabookwhore at gmail dot com