Author Interview & Book Giveaway: Oppression by Jessica Therrien

Welcome to Author Jessica Therrien

Jessica Therrien is the author of, young adult paranormal fiction series, Children of the Gods. Book one in the series, Oppression, was published by ZOVA Books in February of 2012.

Jessica 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 street lights 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.

In 2003, Jessica attended California State University Long Beach where her passion for language found her studying Chinese, and in 2005 she moved to Taiwan to study abroad. From 2005 to 2006 Jessica was fully immersed in the Chinese language as she attended National Taiwan University, and in 2008 she graduated from San Diego State University magna cum laude.

Jessica currently lives in Chula Vista with her husband, and is writing book two in her Children of the Gods series.


If you could travel in a Time Machine would you go back to the past or into the future?
Fun first question! I’m sort of wary of what the future holds (all those YA Dystopian novels, you know…) I would love to go back to the past and live with my Native American ancestors. I grew up on a ranch, so I have a soft spot in my heart for living off of the land.
One food you would never eat? 
Coleslaw. Grossest thing ever. Who wants to eat a food with the word “slaw” in it? Not me.
Please tell us in one sentence only, why we should read your book. 
I wrote Oppression to satisfy my own YA book addiction, and I know it will satisfy yours too!
Any other books in the works? Goals for future projects? 
I’m currently writing book two in the Children of the Gods series. It’s almost done. ZOVA Books will be publishing it sometime next year.
Tell us your most rewarding experience since being published.
Every step along the way has gotten better and better. My favorite moment so far was an email from an ARC reader that said, “I couldn’t stop reading.” Having others enjoy my work has been very rewarding.
If you could jump in to a book, and live in that world, which would it be? 
Harry Potter. Who doesn’t want to go to Hogwarts, right? I would love to live in that magical world.
What is your dream cast for your book? 
So this question drove me to the internet. I hadn’t really thought of it before. I really couldn’t find anyone who was exactly how I pictured my characters, but I did my best.
I would love for Elyse to be played by Emma Watson with darker hair, of course.
Lyndsy Fonseca from Nikita would make a good Kara.
William was hard. Maybe Zac Efron? I don’t know…I’ll just be thankful if my book series ever does get turned into a movie or T.V. show. That would be amazing.
What was your favorite book when you were a child/teen? 
I was a kid when the Harry Potter series came out. I grew up with it, so the books are an obvious favorite of mine.
Can you see yourself in any of your characters? 
I absolutely see myself in both William and Elyse. I find that drawing from my own personal experiences, emotions, likes and dislikes etc., is a great way to build real characters.
Jessiqueen. No seriously. It is.
Give us a glimpse into a typical day for you, starting from when you wake up to when you lie down.
Wake up. Make breakfast for husband.
Play with kitty.
Put on some fine work duds.
Get to work. Get coffee. Get coffee. Get coffee.
Eat breakfast while working.
Yoga or workout.
Write. Blog. Social networking.
Start making dinner.
Eat dinner and watch T.V. or movie with hubby.
Write or read.
*Weekends are my writing time. I get most everything writing/book related done on Saturdays and Sundays.
What is your guilty pleasure?
Lemons with salt. Yum. I try not to eat them, but if I see them close by, I usually lose the battle.
Favorite Smell? 
Is there such a thing as husband smell? Yeah. I think there is. Husband smell, for sure.
Print or Ebook?
Print. I know I’ll eventually have to cave and get an E-Reader, but right now I’m being stubborn.
Harry Potter or Twilight? 
*Gah!* I’ll never choose.
PC or Mac? 
Mac. Sorry PC, I’ve gone to the dark side.


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 closer to 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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Ends 3/26/12

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