Well, this is the last Author Interview that I am doing this month - and I decided once more to revisit an old friend.
A couple of years ago, I reviewed Jessika Council's book Airion: Return to Zire, which I kinda gave a hard time due to the amount of typos that there were in it, but I geniunely did enjoy reading it. Thankfully, Jessika didn't take my comments personally and she agreed to this special author interview - which I wanted to do to make up for the bashing I gave her for the review. I'll also give her a chance to offer a giveaway for her work like I've done with the other authors that have featured here.
So please welcome to my blog, the marvelous Jessika Council! (round of applause!)
Thanks for taking the time to talk to me today, Jessika. So, why don't you tell the nice people what inspired you to get into writing?
I’ve always loved writing. There is something about creating life on a page that is so satisfying.
Too true! Who are your favourite authors?
J. K. Rowling, Stephen King, and Erin Hunter are three of my favorite authors. They all create amazing worlds, plots, and characters.
Which, in your opinion is more important – story or characters?
I think good characters create the story. The best story goes down the toilet with crappy characters.
I agree there. What do you look for in a good story?
Character development is very important. But beyond that, I like to walk away from a novel feeling invested, not wanting it to end, excited for the next novel, or feeling as if I’ve learned something.
I feel the same way about any novel I read. What’s the best advice you can give to authors?
Not everyone is going to feel the way you do about your work. This is not to say that you should sell your soul to gain fans. If you don’t want to write about love triangles, vampires, or werewolves, DON’T. Write what you want and keep writing. The fans will come.
I totally agree with you there! Writers should tell the stories that they want to tell. So tell us, what is the title of your most recent/soon to be released novel?
Airion: Light and Dawn
Can you tell us a little about it?
This is book two of the Airion Series. Kobi and Raili are constantly challenged by destiny, which is trying to pull them apart. I can’t say more than that without giving away the first book Airion: Return to Zire.
Oh we can't have you posting spoilers now, can we? Lol. Have you worked/are you working on anything else?
I am currently plotting book three of the Airion Series, Airion: The Ruins of Drake. I am very excited about this book because there will be a significant setting change, new characters, and a large twist to the series plot.
Ooooh, plot twist! I like those! Do you have any favourite characters in the story
I hate to play favorites with my characters, it’s almost like choosing your favorite child. But, admittedly, I do have some characters that I favor more than others. Black Master Rick, Trayn Saio, and Kai Ventra are among my favorites. But, of course my twins, Kobi and Raili, have my heart. :)
Yeah, we authors always seem to pick favourites, despite our best not to. If your book was turned into a film/TV series, who would you get to play the characters?
That is a loaded question. I think that they would have to get all new actors to play the characters in this series, because it is such a strange setting and the character’s ethnicities aren’t conventional. It will have to be almost like the new actors in the Chronicles of Narnia movies.
That's pretty cool - choosing new actors rather than big name ones. I think that makes a film that more realistic. So, do you have any other hobbies other than writing?
Oh… So many… I dance everything from contemporary to hip hop, I sing (pretty well I guess), Draw (my mom has a little gallery in her place full of my drawings) I love Japanese Culture, Anime, and I speak Japanese. On top of all of that, I am a huge dork for science and history. Yeah… I think that’s it. Lol
Nice! Anime lovers are always welcome on my blog! Are you a summer or winter person?
I LOVE SUMMER!! I don’t like winter at all, although my favorite holidays are in winter, as well as my birthday. Just my luck.
Summer kicks ass! Are you a night owl or morning person?
I am definitely a night owl. I sometimes characterize myself as a child that loves to fight sleep every night. Even if I’m sleepy, I will find a reason to stay awake until at least 1 or 2 in the morning. Horrible, I know.
What is your favourite food/drink?
Japanese and Italian food is my favorite. As for drink, I am a big fan of water and juice. I’m not a big fan of soda (unless it’s ginger ale or orange soda).
Cool. Now for the big one. Who would win in a fight between a zombie ninja dragon and a cyborg unicorn with advanced weaponry?
Hmm… good question… I would like to think that the zombie ninja dragon would win. Cyborgs are hard to kill, the ninja dragons are epic. :)
Cool. Ok, now the fun part. You are a superheroine and you have to pick your powers. For this, I picked a superheroine I think you'll be happy with!
You're welcome. ;)
Anyway, would you prefer superstrength or superspeed?
Superspeed, for sure. I could go anywhere in a fraction of the time. Maybe even travel at the speed of light and discover time travel, going backward or forward in history to see some of the world’s greatest moments the way they really happened.
Cool. Flight or teleportation?
Flight. I would fly to the store if I could. I love flying.
Gale-force breath or freeze breath?
Hmm… That’s some strong breath… I would have to go with Gale-force breath. I hate the cold.
Me to. Heat vision or telekinesis?
Undoubtedly telekinesis! How cool would it be to be able to move things with your mind. Did you know that humans only use about 10% of their brain and some scientists speculate that humans could possibly become telekinetic if they could use 100% of their brain? Very cool! (Yes, I’m a dork ^_^)
That's a cool fact! Personally, if I even used 1% of my brain we could get things done! XD Final question, Invincibility or accelerated healing factor?
Hmmm… that’s like being a vampire or an original vampire in that American drama The Vampire Diaries (Great show by the way). I would rather be an original, which is the same as being invincible. Invincibility rocks!! :)
It sure does! Well thank you for being so cool in talking to me today. Jessika has also kindly agreed to offer some discounted rates for her current book Airion: Return to Zire. All you have to do is use this special code - XJ73W - to get some discounts by putting it in at check in! Click on the pic below to be able to get yourself a discounted copy now!
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A huge thanks to Jessika for taking the time to talk to me and good luck with your new novel. It was a pleasure to have you.
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