Author Interview: The Princess of the Silver Woods by Jessica Day George

Welcome to Author Jessica Day George
Jessica Day George earned a BA in Humanities/Comparative Literature from Brigham Young University, where she enjoyed classes in Pottery and Old Norse, and dutifully forced herself to take Algebra and Biology. Originally from Idaho, she now resides in Salt Lake City, Utah, with her husband and three young children.




Interview

What is one book everyone should read?
The Hobbit

If you were a superhero what would your name be? 
The Literary Avenger

If you could have any superpower what would you choose?
To fly!

What is your favorite flavor of ice cream? 
Anything with chocolate+chocolate+chocolate.

If you could meet one person who has died who would you choose? 
Pharaoh Akhenaten

One food you would never eat? 
Rattlesnake.

Please tell us in one sentence only, why we should read your book. 
Because these are the kind of books I was looking for when I was younger.

Any other books in the works? 
Wednesdays in the Tower comes out in May.

If you could jump in to a book and live in that world, which would it be? 
Harry Potter!

What was your favorite book when you were a child/teen? 
Dogsbody by Diana Wynne Jones

What’s one piece of advice you would give aspiring authors? 
Read. Read. Read.

If you could choose only one time period and place to live, when and where would you live and why?  
Right now.  Because of Twitter and toilet paper.

If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be? 
Bergen, Norway.

What is your favorite Quote? 
A room without books is like a body without a soul. Cicero

What’s the craziest writing idea you’ve had? 
I’m not at liberty to discuss the book right now, but I did end up dragging my husband across Romania for a “vacation” because of a story idea.

What movie and/or book are you looking forward to this year?
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.

If you could have a signed copy of any novel what would it be and why?  
I have the first Harry Potter book signed. Yeah, I’m good.

What’s your favorite season/weather?  
Snow!  I LOVE SNOW!

Who or what inspired you to become an author?
Robin McKinley, specifically, reading The Hero in the Crown in 5th grade, when I realized that writing about dragons was a JOB.

How did you celebrate the sale of your first book? 
Good gravy.  I can’t remember. Isn’t that horrible?  I think we went out to dinner . . .?

If you could take over the world, would you? 
Nope.  Too lazy.

Do you prefer to write in silence or with music? 
Depends on the story, and the stage of the writing process.  I can’t listen to music while editing, for instance.

What’s your biggest challenge as a writer? 
How did you overcome it, or how are you working to overcome it?  Finding the TIME to write!  I had to hire babysitters to come in the afternoons . . .

What words or expression do you overuse?
Literally.

Favorite/most influential teacher? 
My high school German teacher, Frau Elena Green-Haeberle.  She continues to rock.

What hidden gem do you have in your bookshelves? 
Poo Poo and the Dragons by C. S. Forester.  It’s a children’s book by the guy who wrote the Horatio Hornblower books, loooong out of print, and it’s delightful.

What book do you love that doesn’t get a lot of hype? 
A Million Miles From Boston by Karen Day

What is next on your to read list? 
The False Prince by Jennifer Nielsen

What is the last thing you bought?
St. Patrick’s Day socks from the Target dollar aisle for my kids. They will be so excited!

Top 3 things on your bucket list? 
Stay in an ice hotel. Go to China. Win a Newbery.

Scariest moment? 
I was on a plane that experienced EXTREME turbulence and was caught in a terrible, unexpected storm.  We were literally all clutching the seats and crying, and my husband was ten rows away from me, and we couldn’t see or speak to each other for three hours.

Favorite restaurant? 
Crown Burger.  I like a Crown Jr. pastrami burger with fries, root beer, and an Oreo shake . . . YEAH BABY!

This or That

TV or Movies?
Movies

Black or White?
Black

Night owl, or early bird?
Night owl

Print or Ebook?
Print

Chocolate or Vanilla?
Chocolate

Regular or Diet? 
Regular

Coke or Pepsi?
Coke

Pizza or Pasta? 
Pizza

Skittles or M&Ms? 
M&Ms

Sweet or Salty? 
Sweet

Summer or Winter? 
Winter

City or Country? 
City

Harry Potter or Twilight? 
Harry Potter

PC or Mac? 
Mac

Beach or Pool?
Beach

Shoes or Sandals?
Shoes

Cats or Dog? 
Dog

Heads or Tails?
Tails

Facebook or Twitter?
Twitter

Text or Talk? 
Talk

Princess of the Silver Woods

When Petunia, the youngest of King Gregor’s twelve dancing daughters, is invited to visit an elderly friend in the neighboring country of Westfalin, she welcomes the change of scenery. But in order to reach Westfalin, Petunia must pass through a forest where strange two-legged wolves are rumored to exist. Wolves intent on redistributing the wealth of the noble citizens who have entered their territory. But the bandit-wolves prove more rakishly handsome than truly dangerous, and it’s not until Petunia reaches her destination that she realizes the kindly grandmother she has been summoned to visit is really an enemy bent on restoring an age-old curse.

The stories of Red Riding Hood and Robin Hood get a twist as Petunia and her many sisters take on bandits, grannies, and the new King Under Stone to end their family curse once and for all.