Yay! Today I got to interview one of my favorite up & coming authors, Jus Accardo. A fabulous writer, hear what she has to say about her new books, The Denazen series. Thanks Jus for the interview!
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1. How did you come up with Kale’s history? Did you think of Samsen before or after creating Kale’s history (like did you know he’d play that specific role in Kale’s life)?
Kale’s history just kind of came up with itself. With each chapter in TOUCH I wrote, more and more of it just kind of came to me. I jotted some things down, but most of it is in my head.
The general idea of Samsen was created as a part of Kale’s history. Like, I have these scenes in my head documenting Kale’s early years with Denazen—at some point I’d like to write them down because they’d make awesome mini scenes—and he’s in a good chunk of them. He was nameless and faceless before the novella was written, but he existed.
2. Why did you decide to write the novella, and to tell it from Kale’s POV?
The novella was something my editor and agent suggested. I’ll be totally honest. Novellas scare me. Seriously. No idea why… But they suggested it, and I agreed because, well, I love the characters. Any chance I have to spend time with them, hanging in their world, is a no brainer for me.
3. How do you come up with each of the Sixes’ powers? Where does your inspiration come from?
A large majority of the Six abilities are from a lifetime of, “Oh, how cool would it be if I could…” moments.
4. Which was easier to write and why? Touch, Untouched, or Toxic? Most difficult to write and why?
I think if I HAD to pick one of them, I’d say TOUCH. And really, that’s only because it was new. I could do anything with it. There were no rules at that point. No world specifics to stick to. It was a free-for-all 😀
If I had to pick the hardest, it would be UNTOUCHED. And that’s in large part due to Kale’s POV. Talk about pressure…
Each one was a totally different experience, and now that I’ve got multiple books under my belt, I realize that it will always be that way. Every book is a unique journey!
5. What can we expect from Toxic? Any teasers you can give the fans?
I’m a sucker for teasers 😀 Here’s one from Dez and Jade’s first meeting.
She stopped in the middle of the room, plastic cup filled with the usual red liquid—fruit punch—in hand, and smiled. “I have a gift for you, Kale.”
The redheaded girl strolled out from behind Ginger, head held high. Her eyes immediately found Kale. And stayed there.
I didn’t like her.
“This is Jade,” Ginger said, nudging the girl forward. She pointed to me and said, “This is Deznee Cross, Sue’s daughter. And this,” she said nodding to Kale as he rose from his chair, “is Kale. He’s the reason you’re here.”
“Okay, stomp the breaks and back the hell up. You’re giving my boyfriend a redhead as a gift? That’s uncool—not to mention illegal.”
Kale tilted his head. He looked from Jade to me, frowning. “You don’t like her.”
It wasn’t a question—he was stating the obvious. Or, what he thought was the obvious—which in this case just happened to be the truth. We were still working on the right and wrong times to say things. This was one of the bigger hurdles. Kale didn’t believe in hiding anything. If it was on your mind, you said it. If it was the truth, you went with it. Social acceptability was a lost cause with him.
“I don’t know her, so I can’t dislike her.” I wanted to add yet, but kept my trap closed. I wasn’t hard to get along with—quite the opposite actually. I was fun and easy going—unless you were looking at my guy like he was a big juicy slab of prime rib with a side of mint chocolate chip ice cream.
Which, just in case there was any confusion, she totally was.
Touch, the first novel in the Denazen series, is set to re-release in mass market on June 12th (Complete with additional scenes from Kale’s POV!). You can pre-order your copy here.
Toxic (Denazen 2) hits shelves on September 11th 2012. As a thank you to those who pre-order, Jus is giving away a book plate and magnet of choice (Touch, Untouched, or Toxic) Get the details here.