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Interview with Jessica Brody!

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

The Girlfriends' Cyber Circuit (GCC) is a webring of YA novelists, and I'm happy to be part of it because I get to talk to other YA authors about their books--which, well, how awesome is that? (And I think we all know how much I love YA!)

Today, I'm talking with Jessica Brody about her new novel, The Karma Club

Me: Tell us about your book in ten words or less!

Jessica: Don’t mess with Karma…

Me: What's the best writing advice you've ever been given?

Jessica: “You can’t fix a blank page.” It's a quote from Nora Roberts that I have hanging on my wall above my computer so I can always see it. It’s absolutely the best writing advice ever! Sometimes you’ll get stuck, sometimes you’ll write crap, but no matter what, you just have to keep going. Keep writing. Even if you end up throwing it all away at the end. Because more often than not, you have to write through the bad stuff to get to the good stuff. And you can always go back and revise later. But you can’t revise something that’s not there!

Me: What do you wish you'd known about being published/publishing before your book/first book came out?

Jessica: Before I got published, I never realized how much self promotion an author has to do to get her book out there. I totally thought I’d sell my first book, my publisher would send me on a 30 city tour around the country and every magazine, radio station and newspaper would be lined up to interview me about it! Not to mention Oprah’s people knocking on my door at all hours of the night to try to get me on her show. Uh…not so much! I love promoting my own books. I just wish I’d known about it earlier so I could have gotten a bigger head start!

Me: What's the last book you read that you loved so much you had to tell everyone about it?

Jessica: Ahh! The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. I LOVE that series! I think my twitter followers and Facebook friends are probably totally tired of hearing about it by now.

Me: I hear you're running a very cool contest...

Jessica: To celebrate the release of The Karma Club, I’m giving away FOUR Flip Video Cameras (as well as TONS of other cool prizes!) and all you have to do to enter is refer people to the site. The more people you refer, the more entries you get, the more chances you have to win! Visit my site, http://www.jessicabrody.com for all the details!

Me: Random Bonus Question! What's your favorite kind of salad dressing?

Jessica: Anything that has TONS of calories. So many that it makes eating a salad pointless.

Great contest, right? Also, Jessica has a trailer for The Karma Club--check it out:


Blogger Rose said...

Exciting! This book is on my wishlist and I love that Jessica Brody loves The Hunger Games! We even share the same first name :).

April 28, 2010 3:15 PM  
Blogger Alexa said...

Great interview. I love that writing advice.

April 29, 2010 8:19 AM  

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