Meet Author Jessica George – Guest Post
Meet Author Jessica George – Guest Post
You’ve probably never heard of me, and so I suppose this is the perfect opportunity to introduce myself. My name is J.A. George and I’m the author of GIFTED – The Hayven Series. I was thinking of using this blog post as a way to shamelessly promote my book (seriously, you should read it), but I decided against that in case you got bored of me before you’ve even decided to read GIFTED.
I’ve realised from personal experience that I’m most likely to read a book when I know a little, just a little, about the author, not too much though otherwise it could cloud my judgement when reading the book. So allow me to introduce myself again, my name is Jessica. A. George.
I enjoy writing a lot (what author doesn’t?) but I enjoy reading too, and I know that sounds obvious, but people assume that those who like to write like to read, and those who like to read like to write and that is definitely not true (according to some of my friends). It’s not just books I like to write but generally anything, like recipe’s and shopping lists etc., basically anything that requires a pen and paper, or my laptop. I don’t know what it is about writing but for me, before the finger cramps start, it’s something I enjoy! Any opportunity to let my imagination run wild.
I should probably talk about my book now because I can sense myself slowly beginning to digress.
I published Gifted this year, the first book in The Hayven Series, and started writing it in 2014 – I’m annoyed I can’t recall the exact date I started plotting it, but it’s written down somewhere…I think. (I hope.) Gifted came about after I wrote my first novel that didn’t have a very original storyline, and I realised after writing it that I enjoyed the process so much, I wanted to write something more original and time-consuming, thus Gifted was born. Oh, here feels like the right place for an excerpt:
There is no chosen one in this story.
Avery Gray was just in the wrong place at the wrong time and happened to make a decision that altered her future forever. It happens to all of us every day.
Avery is a size twelve university student with a penchant for dry humour, and she’s as normal as they come. One rainy afternoon, Avery had to make a choice: go through the alleyway or around it. Two possible options. One would have had her future continue on as planned, the other would ensure that her future never remained the same again. She unknowingly went with the latter.
Change can be good. It can bring new opportunities, new friends and a life you never thought possible. Change can be bad. It can bring you people determined to burn your city to the ground.
It all depends on the decisions you make.
My favourite thing about writing Gifted was thinking up different supernatural talents because I’ve made a hook in the book to be that no two gifted people have the same gift, and there are approximately two million people in Hayven alone, so it took some thinking, and a lot of chocolate.
Another thing I enjoyed about writing Gifted was planning out the entire four book series because only Gifted (book 1) is fully written. I written a lot of bits and pieces concerning the other three books and even have prospective titles, but they are by no means finished yet. I am completing them in order though, so book number two (The Silver Orb) is the one that is almost completed, but my mind comes up with new things to add to the book series all the time so it truly is a work in progress.
I often wonder what genre I would fit Gifted into, but I find it fits into so many. I usually recommend it to people who love contemporary young adult novels with fantasy, a little adventure, a little romance, friendships, and why not throw in a bit of mystery and comedy in too.
Why do I think you should buy my book? I’m not sure, I mean, I love it and the people who have brought it and left positive reviews liked it too, but who is to say you will?
When I was writing the first edition of GIFTED, I wrote for other people. I put in scenes that I thought would appease readers, that would fit into the book market, and quite frankly, I didn’t like it. When I was finished with it, I realised it wasn’t a book I would have picked up off a shelf in a book shop, let alone read, so it went through a major revamp. Now it’s definitely a book I’d read, and read again, and again. What I will suggest is that, if you did enjoy the above excerpt, go onto the amazon website and download a free sample, you can make your mind up from that point onward.
If you are interested in the multiple editions GIFTED went through, please, feel free to check out my blog, all about the journey of this novel.
Well, I think I’ll end this post here, but I’d like to say thank you, Stacey, for allowing me to write this guest post, and I must say, it’s been fun talking to you guys…or rather at you guys.
(The Hayven Series Book One)
Author – J.A Geroge
Pages – 273
Release Date – 13th April 2016
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