Authors Are Rock Stars: JESSICA BRODY

Friends, I am so totally pumped to hostJessica Brody on Good Books And Good Wine today as part of the Authors Are Rock Stars tour. Why am I so excited? Namely because Jessica is such a versatile author and is able to go from genre to genre and create excellent stories. Also? I think she totally doesn’t get enough credit for her awesome books so why not feature an underrated, awesome author? As someone who LOVEDThe Karma Club, I am so ready to welcome Jessica Brody here.

Authors Are Rockstars

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Without further ado, Jessica Brody:

Ill admit it. I was very naive when I set out to write UNREMEMBERED. I thought, Hey, Ive written five contemporary novels before, this cant be that different!

I was wrong.

Writing the UNREMEMBERED trilogy has been by-far my biggest challenge as an author (to date.)

My husband and I have this little joke. Whenever Im having trouble with a book manuscript, I whine and pout and sometimes even cry. Our conversation goes something like this:

Me: Ill NEVER be able to finish this book! Its the hardest book Ive ever written! Im a hack! Im quitting and becoming a blackjack dealer.

Husband: You said that the last time.

Me: Well, this one is worse.
Husband: You said that the last time, too.

So the joke goes that every book is hard. Every book has moments that make me want to toss my computer out a twenty-story window. Every story is a story I have vowed to stop writing at some point along the way.

However, my husband will be the first to admit that these books (from The Unremembered Trilogy) have definitely been harder on me than any Ive ever written. (And thats saying a lot!)

I just finished writing book 2 of the trilogy, UNFORGOTTEN, which will be released in February of 2014, and Im gearing up to write the final book. And Im gonna give it to you straight: Im terrified of writing book 3. Book 1 was hard enough, book 2 nearly killed me, book 3…gosh, if I survive, itll be a miracle!

Why are these books so hard? And why are they so much different than writing contemporary comedies? Well, Ive spent a lot of time thinking about this (probably when I was procrastinating actually writing them.)

Theres the obvious answer: sci-fi is a whole different genre and when you leave the contemporary real world, you have to do some world building of your own. Hence, harder.

And yes, thats true.

I did have to do some world building in this series. I built new weapons, new technology, and Seraphinas many superhuman abilities were sometimes difficult to keep track of and effectively build into the story. In the end, though, I had a lot of fun with all of these aspects of the story.

But honestly, its the unobvious answer to the question that really got me. The one I wasnt expecting. And here it is, in seven simple (albeit crass) words:

Writing a book about memory loss SUCKS!

LOL!

Seriously though. This was my biggest challenge of this trilogy.

First (and foremost) there was the issue of creating a character who had zero memories of her past. She was basically a blank slate. I didnt really realize how problematic that would be until I actually started writing the book. She has no experiences to pull from, no references to anything in her life, and it was difficult to give her personality and yet stay true to the memory loss part of the story.

And Ill say this much: I didnt succeed in the first draft!

In my contemporary comedies, Ive always relied on characters and their histories to bring the books alive. In My Life Undecided, Brooklyn is an epically-flawed, decisionally-challenged character who often pulls from her past, her family, and her friends to narrate the book. In 52 Reasons to Hate My Father, Lexington is a spoiled teen heiress who has a whole history with her father that becomes a B-story to the plot.

With Unremembered I had none of that.

Seraphina is a girl who survives a plane crash only to discover she has no memories, no family, no friends, and no identity!

OUCH!

The second thing I discovered while tackling this series is this: When you have a story in which an evil corporation is actually erasing peoples memories, you have a lot of memories to keep track of (remembered and unremembered). Every time you write a scene or piece of dialogue, you have to ask yourself, Is this person supposed to remember that? And it gets very difficult to juggle. Particularly as Ive gotten into books 2 and soon 3. There are more memories being erased and more characters with memory lapses. And dont forget! Memories can be stolen from you, but they also can be given back. And how do you ever know if the memories implanted in your brain are real?

How do I, the author, even know that?
Welcome to my world.

But in the end, I like to think of every writing challenge as an opportunity to improve as an author. Every book inevitably makes me a better storyteller and gives me experiences that will help me in plotting the next project.

That being said, I am very much looking forward to writing my next standalone contemporary novel. 🙂

About The Author

Jessica Brody is the author of 52 Reasons to Hate My Father, My Life Undecided, The Karma Club, and the recently released, Unremembered, the first in a sci-fi/suspense/romance trilogy. Her books have been translated and published in over 20 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 www.JessicaBrody.com

Unforgotten by Jessica Brody

What’sUnforgottenabout?:

After a daring escape from the scientists at Diotech who created her, Seraphina believes she is finally safe from the horrors of her past. But new threats await Sera and her boyfriend, Zen, at every turn as Zen falls prey to a mysterious illness and Seras extraordinary abilities make it more and more difficult to stay hidden. Meanwhile, Diotech has developed a dangerous new weapon designed to apprehend her. A weapon that even Sera will be powerless to stop. Her only hope of saving Zens life and defeating the company that made her is a secret buried deep within her mind. A secret that Diotech will kill to protect. And it wont stay forgotten for long.

Packed with mystery, suspense, and romance, this riveting second installment of Jessica Brodys Unremembered trilogy delivers more heart-pounding action as loyalties are tested, love becomes a weapon, and no ones memories are safe

via Goodreads

Unforgotten releases February 25, 2014.

If you have not yet readUnremembered, you are in luck! Jessica has generously agreed to giveaway a copy ofUnremembered to one lucky reader. Just use the rafflecopter to enter!

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About April (Books&Wine)

April is 30 years old and created Good Books And Good Wine. She works for a non-profit. April always has a book on hand. In her free time she can be found binge watching The Office with her husband and baby, spending way too much time on Pinterest or exploring her neighborhood.

Comments

  1. Thanks so much for being a tour host April!

  2. Thanks so much for hosting me for this! I had fun with this post! Bloggers are Rockstars too! 🙂

  3. What a fun post! I love hearing about authors husbands! Too funny! Most of them seem quite supportive, obviously Jessica Brody’s is!! I can see how difficult it would be to write a story about lost memories!

    “That being said, I am very much looking forward to writing my next standalone contemporary novel.” LOL

    I am intrigued by this trilogy– looking forward to reading it!!

  4. This was a great guest post to read! I imagine it can be pretty hard to write a “blank” character. It sounds like a really good read!

    Vyki @ On The Shelf

  5. Thank you! This really makes my day 🙂

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