Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Interview & Giveaway: Jessica Warman


Quick! Describe Where The Truth Lies in 7 words or less! 
Secrets. Lies. Discovery. True love. Betrayal. Acceptance.

Awesome answer! 

What makes your main character unique? 
What I like most about Emily is that she’s a pretty innocent person, almost to the point where she’s naïve and a bit gullible, and then we get to see what happens when her world is yanked out from under her. So many characters in YA are so worldly and savvy (including plenty of my own characters), that it was refreshing in a way to write about somebody who has been rather sheltered from the harsher aspects of reality – even though her innocence does work against her in some ways as the story unfolds.

What was the hardest part about writing Where the Truth Lies?
Well, when I wrote Breathless, so much of the material was based on real-life experiences. The main character, Katie Kitrell, is essentially a fictionalized version of myself as a teenager. And in my third book, Between (which comes out next year), the main character is a runner, just like me. But Emily - the main character in Where the Truth Lies – is very different from me in pretty much every way. Emily is more passive, while I’m definitely an outspoken, aggressive person. And Emily is very musical, a gifted singer, while I’m not a singer by any stretch of the imagination. (In fact, here’s an interesting tidbit for you: I can’t even carry a tune. I was actually rejected from chorus in high school, which wasn’t supposed to turn anyone away… but they didn’t want me and my three-note-range!) Aside from the differences between myself and Emily, the plot itself is mostly fiction. I took a few events from my real-life high school experiences and used them in the book, but in no way whatsoever is the story autobiographical. That’s unusual for me; I tend to write what I know to a large extent, and I really stretched my imagination with this book. It was a challenge, that’s for sure, but also a very exciting and rewarding process!

Fill in the blank: "I couldn't have written Where The Truth Lies without __________"
I couldn’t have written the book without going for runs. Every time I’d get stuck on something within the story, I’d lace up my sneakers and head out the front door for a long run to clear my head. It’s incredible the way sustained activity like that allows me to really focus on my thoughts, while clearing my mind of any clutter at the same time. I definitely get my best ideas while I’m running. I’d be lost (and much more stressed out!) without it.

If you could spend a day as any character in any story, which character/story would you choose?
It probably depends on my mood. Sometimes I think I’d like to be Phoebe from Catcher in the Rye. Today, though, I kind of feel like being Cathy from Wuthering Heights. It’s hands-down the most romantic book I’ve ever read. It would be an amazing thrill to meet Heathcliff and experience just an inkling of that incredible relationship.

Anything else you'd like to add?
Sure! I always want readers to know how much I love hearing from them. Getting an email from someone who has enjoyed one of my books truly makes my entire day. It’s definitely the most rewarding aspect of being a writer. My contact info is on my website (www.jessicawarman.com). Feel free to drop me a line! And thank you so much for the opportunity to do this interview! I truly hope you enjoy the book.


Thanks for the interview Jessica! 

I got some great news about Jessica's next project, a haunting mystery called Between that will be out next fall! But in the meantime, Where The Truth Lies is out now :)

Onto the the giveaway, it's US only, one winner, and ends on October 14th. Fill out the form below (or by clicking HERE) to enter!





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21 comments:

  1. I wish running helped clear my head for writing. :) I envy you! Running just makes me want to cry. Great interview!

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  2. Great interview! I love that she runs for inspiration, because that's what I do too!

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  3. Great interview! I just have to say that I love the cover of these books!!

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  4. Great questions and I loved her answers, especially her reply to the any character/any story question!

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  5. A good run does clear your head. Great interview

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  6. I love the sound of this book and her succinct description of the book in 7 words - awesome!

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  7. I should head out running more often. I bet I'd feel better and think clearer too!

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  8. I love the fill in question :) nice interview!

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  9. Thanks for the interview! It's cool to hear that exercise is a trick for curing writer's block/thinking up new ideas. :)

    I'm super excited for Where the Truth Lies!

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  10. Great interview! Her next novel sounds as good as this one.

    Erin

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  11. Thank you for the interview! We've posted a link to your blog on the Bloomsbury Teens facebook page:
    www.facebook.com/BloomsburyTeens

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  12. Nice to hear running helps her write - healthy and creative!

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  13. Great interview, I love that she said she likes hearing from fans, that's a first for me! :D

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  14. The answer to the "what was the hardest thing" question is really insightful for an aspiring writer. Thanks!

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  15. Great interview! I love the idea of a character being more innocent--you don't see enough of that in YA anymore!

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  16. I've heard that running helps people clear their head and calm themselves. I wish I could do it but it's just not for me.

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  17. It sounds fantastic! I can't wait to read it!

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  18. Great interview! I love finding out more about an author and why they write what they write.

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  19. Nice interview! It's always great to get more insight into authors' creative processes behind the books we read. Thanks for the giveaway.

    Meg

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