I had the honor of interviewing Sophie Jordan. If you haven't heard, her YA debut (Firelight), hits shelves September 7th. From someone that's read it, I must tell you how fabulous it is. You must check it out! And without further ado, please welcome Sophie Jordan to Addicted 2 Novels!
1. What inspired you to write Firelight?
I’ve been published in romance for a few years, and like any writer published in one genre, I often like to delve into books from other genres during my reading time. I also have a fab crit partner in author Tera Lynn Childs and I just loved reading her material.
So I went from reading YA fiction to wanting to write it. Naturally. I instantly saw that YA has changed so much since I was in high school. I quickly realized YA fiction could be anything, about anything! I was particularly delighted to see romance at the core of so many YA books. If I know anything from years of writing romance novels, it was how to write some steamy boy/girl interaction. Ideas started brewing, and before I knew it I had the idea for Firelight.
2. What makes it different from the other books out there?
It might sound silly, but once I decided to write a YA, I really did wait for the idea/muse to come to me. I wanted to write a young adult novel with a strong romance (of course!), but the paranormal element was elusive. I wanted the paranormal aspect to be unique and fresh – both for the current market and me, too. I needed to be excited about it. I had lots of ideas flit through my mind that I quickly dismissed, but when I landed on dragons I knew I hit something that wasn’t being done in YA, and I got very excited. When I started thinking about how dragons might have evolved I knew I had the making of a great new paranormal world.
You’re not going to find a dragon-themed YA like mine. I really do believe that I’m breaking new ground. My dragons aren’t your ordinary dragons. They’re not what you typically find in fantasy fiction. My dragons are called draki and they’ve evolved over the millennia from the dragon of common lore. Once I established that, the plot and love story fell easily into place.
3. In Firelight, Jacinda falls for a Draki hunter named Will. If you could match her with any other literary character, which one would you choose and why?
Wow. It’s difficult to think of pairing Jacinda with anyone else. Well, I’m in love with Jay from Kimberly Derting’s The Body Finder. He’s just an all-around nice guy who might be loyal and dedicated enough to stand by Jacinda through her considerable trials. Gosh, this feels like sacrilege! I don’t think I can entertain the notion of Jacinda cheating with another character. J
(LOL! But, I must say, I do love Jay from The Body Finder. Good choice for Jacinda!)
4. Firelight is the first book in the Draki series. Is there anything you can tell us about the sequel?
Hmmm. Well. The second book opens with a big twist! A good portion of the book is set in the pride, Jacinda’s draki home. Jacinda is going to come across a little differently, as she should after the events of book one. You’ll see more of Cassian and other draki characters you didn’t get to see too much of in book one. There is a lot more action … and steam – I’ll let you wonder if I’m talking about Jacinda’s fire-breathing ways or steamy scenes with a certain boy! Maybe it’s both!
(OOOOOOOOOOOOH!!! CAN'T FREAKIN' WAIT!!! I want it now :( )
5. Why do you love bloggers (assuming you do!)?
You guys are amazing! And powerful! You have such outreach. You’re especially supportive of debut authors. I’m impressed at how you love new authors simply because they’re new to the scene! YA bloggers truly get the word out on books, and I’m immensely grateful to have landed on the radar of so many of you. Thanks, Lena! XXOO!
Thanks, Sophie, for the awesome interview! Sophie has also donated tons of postcards, stickers and bookmarks to the URC prize packs. You seriously rock my socks off! Can't wait to see/meet you at Blue Willow on Sept. 11! :)