52 Reasons to Love Jessica Brody: Interview & 2 Book Giveaway

52 Reasons to Love Jessica Brody Tour

Welcome to Author Jessica Brody

Jessica Brody knew from a young age that she wanted to be a writer. She started self “publishing” her own books when she was seven years old, binding the pages together with cardboard, wallpaper samples and electrical tape.
After graduating from Smith College in 2001 where she double majored in Economics and French and minored in Japanese, Jessica later went on to work for MGM Studios as a Manager of Acquisitions and Business Development. In May of 2005, Jessica quit her job to follow her dream of becoming a published author.
In four short years, Jessica has sold nine novels (two adult novels to St. Martin’s Press and seven young adult novels to Farrar, Straus, Giroux.) The Fidelity Files, her debut, released in stores (in real binding) in June of 2008 and the follow-up, Love Under Cover in November 2009. The Karma Club, Jessica’s debut young adult novel released in April of 2010 and her second YA release, My Life Undecided hit bookstores in June 2011.
52 Reasons to Hate My Father (which was recently optioned for film) just recently released in July 2012 and Unremembered, (also optioned for film), the first book in a new teen sci-fi series, will be released in March 2013.
Jessica’s books are published and translated in over fifteen foreign countries including the UK, France, Germany, Italy, Czech Republic, Indonesia, Russia, Brazil, Portugal, Poland, Bulgaria, Israel, and Taiwan.
Jessica now works full time as a writer and producer. She currently splits her time between Los Angeles and Colorado.

If you could travel in a Time Machine would you go back to the past or into the future?
Definitely the past. The future is uncertain. It can change at any second based on your choices so I’d never know if what I was seeing was real or not. The past has already happened. And there are some really cool people throughout history that I would love to meet.

If you could have any superpower what would you choose?
Immunity to calories. Then I could eat anything I wanted and never gain a pound!
Please tell us in one sentence only, why we should read your book.
It’s about a spoiled heiress who has to scrub toilets—what could be funnier than that?

Any other books in the works? Goals for future projects? 
Last year, I sold a sci-fi/suspense trilogy to my publisher and the first installment releases in March, 2013! I’m currently writing the second book in the series. The first book is called UNREMEMBERED and it’s about a sixteen-year-old girl who wakes up among the wreckage of a devastating plane crash. She’s the only survivor but she has no memories and identity. The only clue to her past is a mysterious boy who claims they were in love and that she was part of a top secret science experiment. It’s kind of like a Bourne Identity for teens. I’m really excited about it because the genre is totally new to me and writing the first book was so much fun! Plus, it’s my first crack at writing a series so that presents a whole new set of fun challenges. The second book, that I’m writing now, is called UNFORGOTTEN and it will release in early 2014. 

Is there a song you could list as the theme song for your book or any of your characters?
“She works hard for the money” by Donna Summer

What’s one piece of advice you would give aspiring authors?
Just one!? Okay, here it goes: Learn to let go. If you get too attached to a specific scene, storyline, character, etc, it will be far too hard for you to be able to revise your manuscript effectively. Sometimes stories have to change in order to get them to where they need to go. If you hold on too hard to something that’s not working, you’re not helping the story at all. Sometimes you need to let go of what you think you want the book to be and embrace what the book is destined to become.

If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be?
On a yacht sailing around the world. What a life!

What is your favorite Quote?
“Leap and the net will appear.” – John Burroughs.

How did you know you should become an author?
In the second grade, my teacher assigned us to write a 1 paragraph book report and I turned in 4 pages. She thought it was such a big deal but I couldn’t really understand why. It didn’t feel like a big deal to me! It was at that time that I realized that writing was something that I loved and something that came easy. And not many things come easy to me, so I thought I might as well stick with it!

Hidden talent?
I’m a fairly good poker player. And no one ever expects it because I’m a girl and I play dumb. Then I take everyone’s money. It’s fun. 

What movie and/or book are you looking forward to this year?
Breaking Dawn Part 2!!!

How do you react to a bad review?

I go online and look up one of my all-time favorite books and find a bad review of that book. Then I say to myself, “There, now does that one bad review change your mind about your favorite book?” The answer is always no. That’s when I’m able to convince myself that reviews don’t matter. There will always be people who love your book and people who don’t. All I can do is write books that I’m proud of and then let it go.

What do you do in your free time? 
What free time? There are people with free time? Who are these people? 

Give us a glimpse into a typical day in your day starting when you wake up till you lie down again.
Get up. Get dressed. Drive to coffee shop (because I can’t write at home!). Order same pastry and coffee as I do every single morning. Write 1500 words (usually takes me about 2-3 hours). Drive home. Gripe to husband about latest story crisis. Listen to husband suggest ideas about how to solve latest story crisis. Shoot down everything husband has to say because it’s stupid and he doesn’t understand anything! Wait two hours. Realize husband is actually quite brilliant and his solution fixes everything. Apologize to husband for being a difficult, moody writer (and praise him for his brilliance). Eat dinner. Watch TV. Sleep. Repeat. 

How did you celebrate the sale of your first book?
In a state of shock, followed by dancing. 

What is your guilty pleasure?
Pixy Sticks. 

What TV show/movie/book do you watch/read that you’d be embarrassed to admit?
Spice World. I own it on DVD and I love it. But I’m not embarrassed. I will shout it from the rooftops! 

Favorite smell?
There’s a tree outside my old apartment that smells like my old summer camp. I think the camp must have had the same trees. In the summer, when I used to walk outside my apartment I would smell that tree and for just a moment, I was back at camp (my favorite place to be as a kid.) It was magical. 
1 of the 52 Reasons to Love Jessica Brody and Her Books….
Jessica will be participating in Macmillan Children’s Books Fierce Reads tour as a special guest. She is scheduled to appear in St. Louis, Missouri on September 20th. Find out more here!

For 51 other reasons, visit Cheryl’s Book Nook (September 15th), Fiction Freak (September 17th), and Good Choice Reading(September 18th), and stay tuned for more!

About 52 Reasons to Hate My Father (FSG, July 2012)
Being America’s favorite heiress is a dirty job, but someone’s gotta do it.
Lexington Larrabee has never to work a day in her life. After all, she’s the heiress to the multi-billion-dollar Larrabee Media empire. And heiresses are not supposed to work. But then again, they’re not supposed to crash brand new Mercedes convertibles into convenience stores on Sunset Blvd either.
Which is why, on Lexi’s eighteenth birthday, her ever-absent, tycoon father decides to take a more proactive approach to her wayward life. Every week for the next year, she will have to take on a different low-wage job if she ever wants to receive her beloved trust fund. But if there’s anything worse than working as a maid, a dishwasher, and a fast-food restaurant employee, it’s dealing with Luke, the arrogant, albeit moderately attractive, college intern her father has assigned to keep tabs on her.
In a hilarious “comedy of heiress” about family, forgiveness, good intentions, and best of all, second chances, Lexi learns that love can be unconditional, money can be immaterial, and, regardless of age, everyone needs a little saving. And although she might have 52 reasons to hate her father, she only needs one reason to love him.

About Unremembered (FSG, March 2013)

The only thing worse than forgetting her past . . . is remembering it.

When Freedom Airlines flight 121 went down over the Pacific Ocean, no one ever expected to find survivors. Which is why the sixteen-year-old girl discovered floating among the wreckage—alive—is making headlines across the globe.
Even more strange is that her body is miraculously unharmed and she has no memories of boarding the plane. She has no memories of her life before the crash. She has no memories period. No one knows how she survived. No one knows why she wasn’t on the passenger manifest. And no one can explain why her DNA and fingerprints can’t be found in a single database in the world.
Crippled by a world she doesn’t know, plagued by abilities she doesn’t understand, and haunted by a looming threat she can’t remember, Seraphina struggles to piece together her forgotten past and discover who she really is. But with every clue only comes more questions. And she’s running out of time to answer them.
Her only hope is a strangely alluring boy who claims to know her from before the crash. Who claims they were in love. But can she really trust him? And will he be able to protect her from the people who have been making her forget?
From popular young adult author Jessica Brody comes a compelling and suspenseful new sci-fi series, set in a world where science knows no boundaries, memories are manipulated, and true love can never be forgotten.

Giveaway Details:
1 winner will win a copy of 52 Reasons to Hate My Father & Unremembered
Open to US only
Ends 10/4/12

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