Friday, January 25, 2013

Interview with Jus Accardo!

Welcome to The Writers Voice!
What would you like for readers to take away from your novel/novels?

Hmm. That’s a loaded question. I could say something deep and meaningful, but honestly? I want readers to walk away from my books feeling energized and excited. I want to take readers on a thrill ride full of action and adventure that while fictional, still deals with the issues real teenagers face. I guess in short, I want to give them reality with an adrenalin laced flair of paranormal.

Who do you feel is your most unique character?

Well, Kale, for obvious reasons, is very unique. His view of the world is pure and untainted, and that’s something we don’t get to see in YA much. On the other hand, Dez, who is in most ways his complete opposite, is also something we don’t get to see often. She’s crazy and impulsive and says exactly what’s on her mind. She’s a normal teenager. She makes mistakes and bad choices. She screws up. In my opinion, she’s real.

What’s your favorite way to procrastinate?

Either baking, or this evil little app called Words By Post… I’m also a World of Warcraft junkie, so that’s always a good way to stay distracted ;D

Besides writing, what do you like to do in your free time?

Well, as mentioned before, I’m a WoW junkie, and I love to cook. Like, too much. My husband is convinced I’m trying to make him fat, lol. I also have three large, happy dogs that love to be outside. We live in the middle of nowhere, and have these amazing trails out behind the house.

Is there one book that has had an impact on not only your writing, but on you personally?

I can’t think of one particular book off the top of my head, but I will say that everything I read has some sort of impact on me. Anything that gets me thinking—be it inspiration or deep, soul searching thought—affects me.

What is the hardest emotion for you to convey in your writing?

I think they’re all tough, and the reason is that each character is different. No two are going to portray fear, or love, or happiness in the same way. Everyone’s going to be unique. Take grief for example. Everyone has their own way of dealing with loss. Some throw themselves into their work, while others get angry or withdraw. I think the hardest part of emotion in general is staying true to each individual character.

When you were growing up, what did you want to be?

From day one I was determined to be either a writer or a chef. My grandfather was a chef, and for the longest time, I was convinced I’d follow in his footsteps. Writing was awesome, but being a chef was more practical. A steady paycheck, ya know? I applied to the C.I.A (Culinary Institute of America) and was accepted, but I ended up passing at the last possible minute to pursue writing.

Thank you so much for joining us today Jus!
More about Jus Accardo:
Book Blurb
Toxic (Denazen #2)
When a Six saved Kale’s life the night of Sumrun, she warned there would be consequences. A trade-off. Something taken for the life they gained. But Dez never imagined she’d lose the one thing she’d give anything to keep… And as if it’s not enough Dez finds her immunity to Kale fading, the Six brought in to help Kale learn to control his killer touch starts drooling on him the moment they meet. Worse than that? Jade can touch Kale. But bimbo Barbie is the least of Dez’s problems.

After Dez and Kale got away at Sumrun, her father lost not only his most powerful weapon but an important piece of the Supremacy project. Forced by Denazen to remedy the situation, he poisons Dez and offers her a choice—surrender to Denazen for the cure…or die. Determined to find a solution that doesn’t involve being bagged and tagged—or losing someone she loves—Dez keeps the poison a secret. But when a rash of Denazen attacks hit a little too close to home, Dez is convinced there’s a traitor among them. Jade.

Sacrifices, broken promises, and secrets. Dez will have to lay it all on the line if there’s any hope of proving Jade’s guilt before they all end up Residents of Denazen. Or worse, dead…

JUS ACCARDO spent her childhood reading and learning to cook. Determined to follow in her grandfather’s footsteps as a chef, she applied and was accepted to the Culinary Institute of America. At the last minute, she realized her path lay with fiction, not food, and passed on the spot to pursue writing. Jus is the author of YA paranormal romance and urban fantasy fiction. A native New Yorker, she lives in the middle of nowhere with her husband, three dogs, and sometimes guard bear, Oswald. Her first book, Touch was released in November 2011 from Entangled Publishing. She is currently working on the next book in the Denazen series.

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