So book three in this amazing series is out today! Jessica stopped by the blog to talk about her writing process (yes, she is a total pantser), the awesomeness of Gorgons, and falling for your villains.
The Children of the Gods series is so richly imagined. What's your world-building process like?
Jessica: It was actually a lot easier than you would think. I already had a map of characters/abilities to pull from. I would look up Greek gods on Wikipedia, skim through the list of deities and use my imagination to come up with a supernatural ability that could be linked to that god. Here are a few of my favorites:
Elyse – Descendant of Asclepius (God of healing) can heal with her blood.
William – Descendant of Aphrodite (God of love) can persuade through infatuation.
Sam – Descendant of Dionysus (God of wine) can turn any liquid to wine, including the blood in your veins.
I've always been fascinated with the creation of trilogies. You have the plot arc of each book, but then you also have the overarching plot of the whole series. How do you work? Did you know everything that would happen before you started writing, or was it more spontaneous?
Jessica: It was almost completely spontaneous, and I’m still kind of shocked how well it all turned out. I had no idea how the series would end until halfway through the last book!
You have a really avid fan base on sites like Goodreads. How do you connect with your readers?
Jessica: My readers are so awesome and so supportive. I’m in touch with a lot of them through personal email. It’s a lot to keep up with, but it’s fun too. I love hearing from them. This one I got before ARCs went out was one of my favorites!!
*ensue all caps*
I'VE BEEN DYING AND (IM)PATIENTLY WAITING TO KNOW WHAT HAS BEFALLEN OF MY FAVORITE CHARACTERS, ELYSE AND WILLIAM! GAH!
I AM SUPER EXCITED!
OMG IT'S THE LAST BOOK! *cue tears*
I WOULD REALLY, REALLY WANT TO GET A PHYSICAL ARC OF REDEMPTION ASAP!
*calms down . . . a bit*
(I won’t post the whole thing, but it made me smile)
Mythology and folklore are such a great thing to tap into. Did you do much research for the series?
Jessica: I was constantly researching the different gods etc. but one of my favorite pieces of mythology that found its way into my series is what inspired Elyse’s ability:
"The blood of the Gorgon, which Athena gave Asclepius, came from two very different veins. The blood from the right side could heal mankind, while the blood of the left vein could kill."
I thought, what a cool twist to add in there. So Elyse's right side heals, while her left is poison.
I tend to fall in love with my villains, sometimes more than my heroes. They're just so much fun to write. Who was your fav villain out of all the books?
Jessica: Me too!! Only, every time that happens I end up turning them into a “good-guy.” Maybe my subconscious feels sorry for them.
Kara (a fan favorite) was supposed to be a villain and ended up being a HUGE part of the book in a “good” way.
If you could live in any fictional world, what would you choose and why?
Easy. HOGWARTS!! Right?!
Count me in! So the last installment, Redemption, came out on November 2. What is next for you? Besides a big party and some time off!
Jessica: My author friends and I started our own imprint called Acorn Publishing. We’ve taken on our first two clients, so I’ll be very busy with them. Also, I’m sure I won’t be able to resist writing for long. I’m already dying to dig into my next project!
Synopsis of Redemption
Lead Council member, Christoph, is dead by Elyse’s hand, and Descendants have begun to emerge, exposing their secret to the world. Some see this as the prophecy come to fruition, but the prophecy caries a heavy consequence. It was never meant to be as peaceful as most had hoped.
Humans and Descendants struggle to live together in a world that isn’t ready for such a change. America is divided. Those who glorify the supernatural race believe Descendants truly are the gods they claim relation to. Others see them as a threat.
When Elyse gives birth to the next generation oracle, she sees one final vision—war. The destruction of the country’s major cities, and the end of America as we know it.
After her daughter is born, Elyse finds herself without the ability she needs to predict the future. Desperate to save the world from such conflict, she puts her faith in the hope that Descendants are the key to survival. After all, they have the power to supply a broken society with the means to survive.
Only from the ashes can a new world be born.
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OPPRESSION (Book #1)
UPRISING (Book #2)
REDEMPTION (Book #3)
The Children of the Gods Series
About The Author
JESSICA THERRIEN spent most of her life in the small town of Chilcoot, California, high up in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. In this town of nearly 100 residents, with no streetlights or grocery stores, there was little to do but find ways to be creative. Her mother, the local English teacher, inspired her to do all things artistic, and ultimately instilled in her a love for language. Jessica currently lives in Southern California with her husband and their two children.
You can visit her online at www.jessicatherrien.com
UPRISING (Children of the Gods #2) is AVAILABLE NOW!
Jessica Therrien follows up her best-selling novel OPPRESSION with UPRISING, the second book in the Children of the Gods series. OPPRESSION, translated and sold around the world, was one of the best-selling novels of 2012.
UPRISING continues the story of Elyse, William, and the Descendants. Elyse has been in hiding for most of her life. Only now sheâs hiding with William, and she knows who sheâs hiding from. The Council wants a child Elyse and William have yet to conceive, a child who will be the next oracle, and who will provide the final piece to a plan Christoph has been organizing for years.
Charged with leading the rebellion against Christoph and his Council, Elyse feels well out of her depth. But she has good friends and strong allies who are willing to fight with her to the end, regardless of how far they have to go, and how many lives will be lost in the process.
They have one goal: to live freely and openly with the rest of humanity, out from under the Councilâs oppressive rule. The stakes could not be higher for Elyse and the Descendants longing for freedom. Theyâll have to learn to fight if they want to stand up against the Council, and to find allies in a world ruled by their enemies. The hardest part of waging a war is knowing who to trust. Elyse knows their uprising will change the world. She doesnât realize it will change her, too.
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Elyse knows what it means to keep a secret. She's been keeping secrets her whole life. Two, actually. First, that she ages five times slower than average people, so that while she looks eighteen years old, she's well over eighty. Second, that her blood has a mysterious power to heal.
For Elyse, these things don't make her special. They make life dangerous. After the death of her parents, she's been careful to keep her secret as closely guarded as possible. Now, only one other person in the world knows about her age and ability.
Or so she thinks.
Elyse is not the only one keeping secrets. There are others like her all over the world, descendants of the very people the Greeks considered gods. She is one of them, and they have been waiting for her for a long time. Some are waiting for her to put an end to centuries of traditions that have oppressed their people under the guise of safeguarding them. Others are determined to keep her from doing just that. But for Elyse, the game is just beginning-and she's not entirely willing to play by their rules.
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OPPRESSION (Children of the Gods #1) - AVAILABLE NOW!
UPRISING (Children of the Gods #2) - AVAILABLE NOW!
REDEMPTION (Children of the Gods #3) - November 2, 2015