Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Author Interview: Jessica Verday

Jessica Verday wrote the first draft of The Hollow by hand, using thirteen spiral-bound notebooks and fifteen black pens. She likes: things that smell nice, rainy nights, old books, cemeteries, Johnny Cash, zombie movies, L.J. Smith books, abandoned buildings, trains, and snow. She is currently hand-writing her second novel, the continuation of Abbey and Caspian’s story, from her home in Goodlettsville, Tennessee.


When did you first consider yourself a writer? Um, when I wrote my first book?
I wasn't sure whether or not I'd actually be able to finish it, so a lot of my thoughts hinged on "When I reach the end, I'll have a whole book!" and "Then I'll be a real writer!" Being an author was always this kind of far out dream that I never really thought would happen so I didn't plan for it. I greatly admire other people who know early in life that they want to become an author and work to achieve that goal.

What author(s) have most influenced your writing?
L.J. Smith, Caroline B. Cooney... and I'm really terrible about remembering names for questions like these. I've read too many books that I've loved!

How did you feel when you found out you were going to be published?
What did you do to celebrate? I was shocked. Totally surprised. I had no idea my agent had even submitted my book to publishers yet, so when she called to tell me that she let an editor take a sneak peek at it and we had an offer on it the very next day...yeah, I was completely shocked. And very happy. The couple of days in between the deal making and the auction sort of all happened in a blur, so I don't really remember what I did to celebrate. I think I went out to dinner and went shopping.

Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
Not being able to write the perfect book I see in my head in one draft. I can see it, this beautiful thing, but to capture it on paper is frustrating and elusive. Even now, I sometimes think about totally re-writing THE HOLLOW from a different time, a different place, a different point of view... I fear that this fancy to re-shape my words will always be there and I don't think any book of mine will every truly be "done." (At least in my eyes.)

What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating The Hollow?
Hmm, how to answer this without spoilers...? There are certain elements in my book that are not in other books. To work around these limitations and still craft a compelling love story? I thought it would be easy. Not so.

What do you like to do when you're not writing?
Perusing Etsy for handmade jewelry, napping, reading, visiting historic places, trying to find the perfect postcard in an antique store that sparks my imagination, and buying presents for people.

What’s next for you/what can we expect in the future?
I just finished book two, tentatively titled SHADES OF THE HOLLOW. It will be released in the fall of 2010. I also have several other ideas not set in THE HOLLOW world that I'm anxious to get started on. One involves magic and robots, another involves demons and cotton candy, and the third is for a spinoff character that you'll meet in the last book of THE HOLLOW trilogy. Whichever one starts whispering in my ear first and/or the loudest, wins my attention.

Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
Thanks for taking the time to read this interview. I hope you all enjoy THE HOLLOW...and remember, it's the first book in a trilogy. There will be more answers in book two!


Thanks Jessica!

For more information about Jessica Verday and her books please visit her website here.

34 comments:

elnice said...

Great interview. I am so excited to read this book. I loved the original legend and I'm sure with the new elements she added, Hollow is going to be a great read.

elaing8 said...

Great Interview.I also like how she uses the legend of Sleepy Hollow in her book. I look forward to reading it.

Jo said...

Great interview! I can't believe Jessica handwrites the books! That'll take a lot of time in editing and typing up. Wow.

Kelsey said...

Awesome interview! I loved The Hollow!(:

Dani. said...

Ooooh this is a must-read book for me!
And though I dont know how/if this incorporates with the books, I love her next title "Shadows of the Hollow"! :)

Jenny N. said...

Nice interview. This book is on my wishlist and I can't wait till I get my hands on a copy.

celi.a said...

Wonderful interview. I have a few comments for Jessica...
The lovely thing about writing your own books is that you can do whatever you want. Robin McKinley re-wrote the Beauty and the Beast story at least twice. Go ahead and re-write The Hollow from a different perspective or world if you'd like - I'm sure we'd all read it!
Your list of things you do when not writing sounds so much like my own idea of a good day that it's scary.
Best of luck with The Hollow, and happy writing!

Thanks to you too, Tina. Great, great interview.

Taste Life Twice said...

I'm excited for this series!

Sara said...

I like that Jessica assures fans that questions will be answered in the next installments. I hate finishing a book and having tons of questions, but not being sure if they will ever really be answered! :(

haleyknitz said...

yay! i love a new series, hate stand alone books. when they're over, that's it. i'm glad this will be a series!

Wanda said...

Great interview! I love perusing Etsy, too!
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Chelsea B. said...

You Wrote your book in notebooks!? WOW! That would have been imposible for me. Things come out sounding like a hot mess when I try to explain things on paper instead of the computer LOL.

Congrats on your book and I can't wait to read it!

Jessy said...
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Jessy said...

I really enjoyed this book and I am excited to see what happens in book 2.

pepsivanilla said...

Great interview :) I love Etsy! I can't wait to read The Hollow, and things about robots and magic sometime too!

throuthehaze said...

great interview! I cant wait to read this book

Bianca said...

Nice interview!! I didn't know there is another book following this!!

ReggieWrites said...

Awesome interview! It's so awesome there's going to be a sequel!

Casey said...

Great interview! I like how it's going to be a trilogy.

Jessica Kennedy said...

Good interview. I didn't know it was trilogy. Nice. I like series books. :)

Liz said...

Haha! Awesome Interview!

natalierenae said...

Hmm...there's going to be a sequel? I didn't know that. Thanks for posting the interview!

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anndrreaaa said...

I always love reading her interviews! I can't wait to read this

Valorie said...

I spend way too much time on etsy, too!

MeganDreamer said...

Great interview! I love how honest and nice she is =)

WilowRaven said...

Great interview! I love the fact that she hand writes her books. If I were a writer, that's how I would do it too.

Emma said...

Nice interview. I can't believe she hand wrote the entire first draft! That's amazingly impressive.

Kristen said...

I love that she's way into Etsy! I love that website. Jessica seems so awesome. I can't wait to read her book. :)

TheBookShopaholic said...

She sounds interesting! I'd like to read the book.

Lori T said...

Hi Jessica~

Great interview. I have heard great things about The Hollow and I love the cover. I am looking forward to reading it and it always makes me happy to hear that there are more to come.

I bet that was quite a shock to find out that your book had not only been shown to an editor but an offer was made. That had to be a very exciting phone call.

Ciel said...

I think it's great to hand-write stories, even though it's more tedious than typing, but it just feels so authentic!

And demons and cotton candy? ...Yummy =]

~The Book Pixie said...

Oooo, I can't wait for Shades of the Hollow! Of course I should probably read The hollow first. lol. XD Loved the interview.

~Briana

Meg said...

Great interview. I am glad it is going to be made into a series!

Paradox said...

Magic and robots and demons and cotton candy! I'd love to read books like that! And I'm shocked about The Hollow being completely hand-written!

 

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