Tuesday, April 17, 2012

BRoP interview with Jessica Khoury

This week's guest is Jessica Khoury.  A young lady with a lot of talent.  This is someone you want to watch in the years to come.  So Welcome to the Blog Ring of Power.

Jessica Khoury is 22 years old and was born and raised in Georgia. She attended public school followed by homeschooling, and earned her bachelor's degree in English from Toccoa Falls College. She lives in Toccoa, Georgia with her husband Benjamin, two terrible dogs, and an abundance of books, shoes, and sweet tea. When not writing, she's usually directing stageplays or coaching soccer. Origin is her first novel.

        How long have you been writing?

 Since I was four years old. So… that’s 18 years.

       When and why did you begin writing?

Well, if you don’t count my four-year-old Syd Hoff fanfic, I began seriously writing at age 13, when I wrote my first novel. Before that, I would act out my stories with my friends, but one caught hold of me and just stuck in my head, driving me crazy. I thought I was too young to write, or that surely I’d never finish anything. But my mom got sick of me wandering around in perpetual distraction, and finally told me—in tones of exasperation—to just go write it down. She literally made me sit at the computer and start writing. And I did. I wrote my first novel and was hooked on the craft from then on. Thank you, Mama!

       Tell us about your early works—what was the first thing you ever wrote?

Again, if you don’t count my Syd Hoff fanfic (an illustrated sequel to Danny and the Dinosaur), my first novel was called Tirel. It was high fantasy, 600 pages long, and absolutely terrible, but of course, I didn’t know that at the time. I thought I was the next Tolkien. Now I wouldn’t show that manuscript to you even if you offered me money!

       When did you first consider yourself a professional writer?

When I sold Origin. Up until then, I’d had a few short stories and poems published, but not in any major venues.

       What books have most influenced your life?

 Oh gosh. Where do I start? The ones that drove me to start writing—and whose stories shaped much of my writing—are Brian Jacques, Lloyd Alexander, Susan Cooper, C. S. Lewis, and I could go on and on. But these are the highlights.

       What genre do you write?

Young adult. My past novels were all high fantasy, and Origin is kind of unclassifiable. It’s a romance-adventure-science fiction blend.

       What is your favorite theme/genre to write about?

I really love high fantasy, and I’d be thrilled if I got to return to it in the future, but I also love exploring new genres or blending them in novel ways, as I did with Origin. There’s something terrifying and liberating about treading new literary waters. I want to write the books that aren’t like any other book out there.

       If you couldn’t be an author, what would your ideal career be?

I’d definitely be a marine biologist and work with orcas. I’m kind of nuts about orcas. I can quote the entire movie of Free Willy if you like.

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What format is your book(s) available in (print, e-book, audio book, etc.)?
It is available for pre-order for hardcover and Kindle at the moment.

See more of Jessica's Interview in the days ahead:

Wednesday, April 18th Part II – Terri
Thursday, April 19th Part III – Teresa
Friday, April 20th Part IV – Em
Monday, April 23rd Part V – Sandra

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