Author Interview: Jessica Shirvington
I slowly opened my eyes. The sun speared its first bright rays of golden orange into the sky and I leapt from the cliff, with the sorrowful knowledge that no matter what the outcome, at least part of me would die that day…
Violet Eden is dreading her seventeenth birthday dinner. After all, it’s hard to get too excited about the day that marks the anniversary of your mother’s death. The one bright spot is that Lincoln will be there. Sexy, mature and aloof, he is Violet’s idea of perfection. But why does he seem so reluctant to be anything more than a friend?
After he gives her the world’s most incredible kiss – and then abandons her on her front doorstep – Violet is determined to get some answers. But nothing could have prepared her for Lincoln’s explanation: he is Grigori – part angel and part human – and Violet is his eternal partner.
Without warning, Violet’s world is turned upside down. She never believed in God, let alone angels. But there’s no denying the strange changes in her body … and her feelings for Lincoln. Suddenly, she can’t stand to be around him. Luckily, Phoenix, an exiled angel, has come into her life. He’s intense and enigmatic, but at least he never lied to her.
As Violet gets caught up in an ancient battle between dark and light, she must choose her path. The wrong choice could cost not only her life, but her eternity…
How does it feel to be having your novel Embrace come to the US?
Like someone has plucked one of my all-time-most-wanted wishes off my wish list and said … here you go! It’s brilliant.
I was stalking your website and noticed it said you run a coffee distribution company! What is your perfect cup of coffee?
All stalking welcome! Yes, I did have a distribution company in the UK and we specialized in espresso coffee. I love all coffee variations as long as it’s made well – I guess my staple would be a latte – but on the whole I’m a traditionalist, so I prefer to steer away from flavored coffees etc. (unless we are in the world of frappuccinos, then I’m caramel all the way!).
Are you excited for the cover of Embrace? What are you hoping it will convey?
I am SO excited to see the finished product. Sourcebooks has already blown me away with their stunning design of the ARC and the series website. I can’t wait to see what else they have up their sleeve for the cover reveal on December 8th. Every author wants their covers to perfectly convey in one image what has taken them approximately 100,000 words to say. It’s impossible to have everything there so I guess the most important thing to me is that it feels like the image on the cover really suits the heart and vulnerability of the story.
Did you do a lot of research the mythology present in Embrace?
Research is a really big part of the writing process for me. Not much of my research ends up in the book but I’m a big believer in all the little things. Readers are incredibly smart, have expectations and are not easily fooled. As a writer it’s my responsibility to respect that. There are so many seemingly unimportant decisions that are made along the way; a color choice, setting, weather selection, names, and the larger ones; powers, supporting history, rules of the fictional universe. For me, it’s important to anchor as many of these choices to supporting research as possible. The reader doesn’t necessarily notice the relevance of all of these things (nor should they have to), but they are there and they mean something if they do.
Today your author video will be released on the EMBRACE SERIES WEBSITE can you please expand upon some of the stuff you touched on in the author video.
The author video is a great way for me to reach out to readers (I hope you like it!). One part of the video that we didn’t have time to include was a section talking about what I loved most about the main characters and my answer to this was that they all bring a past to the story that drives their motivations moving forward. Violet even has a set of rules that basically force her to never show weakness around others. Their experiences bring out their strengths, but also exposes their many flaws as well.
The issue of the setting has been a question I am often asked. This is because in Embrace, Violet’s hometown is simply referred to as ‘the City’. The reason for this is, that’s how I wrote it in the first draft. I couldn’t decide initially so I wrote it exactly how I saw it in my mind and realized I was pulling from places that I’d been to all around the world. In later drafts, I rewrote and set the story in a number of locations, but I couldn’t stop from going back to the idea that the city be nameless. What started as indecision quickly became certainty as I decided I wanted the reader to be able to do exactly what I had done and for the story to be as personal as possible. By keeping the name of Violet’s hometown at ‘the City’ I hope that readers will allow themselves to put the story in a city that they know well, that they have walked the streets of, lived in, visited. Not every story can work this way but, on this occasion, I really believe it does.