Monday, November 16, 2015

Author Interview, Jessica Therrien

Can you tell us a little bit about your books?

CHILDREN OF THE GODS is a YA paranormal romance trilogy. It’s based on the premise that the Greek gods we know about in mythology weren’t really gods but a race of people with unusually abilities and long life spans. It makes sense to imagine that if people in ancient Greece had powers and long lives they would be mistaken for gods. So I used that concept and brought it into today’s world. Here’s a snippet from the back cover of OPPRESSION (Children of the gods #1):
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.

Do you remember the title of the first story you wrote?

The Girls. It was the story of how my 3 adopted cousins came to be a part of our family. I think I was 12 or something…

What is your work schedule like when you’re writing?

Since I’m a stay-at-home mom to a 2-year-old and an 8-month-old you can imagine the chaos around my writing routine. Who am I kidding, what routine? I type one handed while feeding a baby and singing the Batman theme song for the older one.

Where do you find inspiration?

Other books. My writing tends to emulate whatever book I’m currently reading so if I’m writing YA, I read YA. I found Moira Young’s series, DUSTLANDS, to be very inspiring. 

What have you learned about publishing that you didn’t know about when you first started writing?

Traditional publishing isn’t all it is made out to be. I went down that rout and ended up asking for my rights back. Now I publish through Acorn Publishing, a small imprint created by a few of my author-friends and I. We keep all of our rights and make our own decisions, but we’re still a part of a collection of works supported by a great group of people. Check us out at

What do you like to do when you’re not writing?

Sleep. Bahaha. I just saw a parenting cartoon that showed a mom on the couch: “Finally! Kids are asleep. Chores are done. From now until bedtime I can do whatever I want.” The next scene shows her passed out and drooling: “zzzzzzz…”
That pretty much sums it up ;)

Can you tell us about your future projects?

I have two in the works once this release and blog tour are done. The first is a children’s book about a whale. The second is a more serious story about my younger sister and her struggle with life. It’s going to be a tough one to write.

Thank you for letting me interview, Jessica!

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.

GOODREADS | AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE (Links available soon)

Elyse’s Story…

UPRISING (Book #2)

The Children of the Gods Series

The Descendants have waited long enough for freedom…

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



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