Today we have an interview with Jena Leigh, author of Revival. We shared an excerpt from Revival last week. Check out the synopsis of Revival:
“Possessing the uncanny ability to fry a television set from twenty paces can really wreck a girl’s social life.
If you’re looking for proof, just ask sixteen-year-old Alexandra Parker. After catching her boyfriend in the arms of the prettiest girl in school, she made the journey from social elite to social pariah in a haze of electricity and exploding electronics. But finding herself at the bottom of Bay View High’s social hierarchy was nothing compared to the shock of discovering who—and what—she really is.
After being zapped out of a burning bookstore by the mysterious Declan—a hero nearly as handsome as he is infuriating—Alex finds herself under the protection of the powerful Grayson family. It’s through them that she learns the truth: that the world she’s always known is nothing like it appears to be... and that she has far more in common with them than she might want to believe.
Now, on the run from a fire-wielding hit man and a secretive government organization, Alex must navigate a strange and treacherous new world filled with superhuman mutants known as Variants. As she begins to unravel the many secrets of her family’s past, she uncovers the real reason for her parents’ death twelve years earlier—and finds out that the threat to her family, and to everyone she cares about, is still dangerously real.”
Tell us about yourself.
Caffeine addict, YA author, shameless geek, freckle-faced lover of music and slave to the written word. I live on dreams and coffee.
What is your favorite book and why?
There are so many! I’ve read quite a few books that, after I finished reading them, I wished I would have had the genius to write... But the most recent one I felt that way about was John Green’s novel The Fault in Our Stars. It’s the first book in ages that made me laugh until I cried and then cry until I laughed. Hazel and Augustus’s story is one that will stick with me for the rest of my life. Simply put—it’s a beautiful work of fiction. I doubt there’s a writer out there who doesn't wish that they’d been the one to write it.
What influenced you to write Revival?
It’s hard to say, really. The inspiration for my characters and their personal struggles came, in part, from my own experiences in high school and college... And I’m pretty sure the rest came about as a result of my addiction to bad sci-fi and comic books! You can find little pieces of my life and my past experiences scattered throughout Revival. I wrote the book at a very tough time in my life and my own struggles (along with a few of the happier memories) managed to creep onto the page, even if I wasn’t consciously trying to include them. You write what you know. For me, this book is a prime example of just how true that can be!
Who was your favorite character to write in Revival?
That’s a good question! It seems to change from day to day. Right now I’d probably have to say that Declan’s sister Kenzie is my favorite. She’s sassy, sarcastic and I can always count on her for a witty rejoinder. Kenzie’s scenes are always enjoyable to write.
What's your favorite quote from Revival and why?
“Declan reached out, put his hands on Alex’s shoulders and pressed downwards. She fell into a seated position against the fallen tree.
“Sit,” he said. “Stay.”
“That’s cute,” she said. “Tell me to ‘heel’ and see what happens.”
This scene will always be one of my favorite moments in Revival. At the beginning of the novel, Alex Parker (our heroine) is a sweet—if somewhat mousy—high school junior that is more than happy to let others take center stage while she observes life safely from the sidelines. Declan, even more than Alex’s dire circumstances, forces her to become something else. Something more. In her efforts to keep on an even footing with Declan, Alex finds her own voice. This scene is one of many that show a “new” Alex starting to shine through.
Born and raised in Tampa, Florida, Jena Leigh spent ten years in the mountains of North Carolina before returning home to the lightning capital of North America.
A shameless geek, she loves bad sci-fi movies, Skittles, writing cracktastic e-mails to friends and taking shenanigan-filled road trips to faraway concerts. She has a degree in English from Appalachian State University.
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