Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Author Interview & Excerpt: Jessica Miller, author of The Wanderers

Today we have an interview with Jessica Miller, author of The Wanderers. Jessica was also kind enough to share an excerpt from her novel, so make sure you check that out after the interview!

What do you do when you learn your family is the one who's holding all the secrets. Secrets that could get you killed...

Ella is looking forward to starting college in the fall with her best friend Josie. She’s looking for a place where she can get away from her overbearing parents and two older annoying brothers. Unfortunately Ella realizes that sometimes the past comes back to haunt you.

Ella soon learns that the man who terrorizes her dreams is in fact real and coming after her.

When one of her classmates is murdered, Ella slowly recognizes this is not some strange coincidence. Ella fears that the boy she’s falling in love with is the one who stalks her dreams and no longer knows who she can trust.

When she finally learns the truth of her families deepest secret, Ella has to face her demons by taking out one of the people she thought she could trust…before they kill her.

Tell us about yourself.

I grew up in the suburbs of Pennsylvania. I loved English when I was a kid but hated reading and writing, which is funny because now I love it. If I could I would live at the beach where it is warm and sunny all the time. I hate the cold weather. I tend to live in my own little bubble so I'm constantly being pulled back to reality with a little help from my friends. This usally happens after I yell at them for bursting my bubble. I have random thoughts all the time which I know makes my friends sometimes question my sanity. I just let them know I survived this long so I think I'm doing okay.
I love music. Music is a big influence when I write. When I used to go to the gym (insert laugh) I would listen to music and certain scenes would play out in my head when I got stuck on what I wanted to do. I enjoying writitng to no end. I am most content when I'm creating new stories and ideas.

What's your favorite book of all time and why?

This is a hard one because I like so many books to call one my favorite, but if I have to choose I would say The Twilight Saga. I pick this series because it's what got me into reading and helped me learn to love books. I Have to thank my friend Erica for that one because she insisted I had to read the second book before I saw the second movie and I was like ehh, don't really read anything except cosmo, but through her persisting, I gave in. I also told her even though I saw the movie I still had to read the first book in the series before I read the second. After a month of sitting on my night stand, I finally picked it up and read the first one in two weeks, the second, three days, and then went out and bought the next two thus begining my love for books. So I would have to say thank you to my friend Erica and Stephenie Meyer for her beautiful vision and world she created. Even though I chose this one. I still have to say it's a tie between Twilight and The Vampire Academy series. Love, love, love The Vampire Academy series and can't wait for the movie! Although I'm not all that happy who the picked to play Rose and I'm getting off topic. Next question.

Have you ever faked reading a book? If so why?

NO. I tend to be very honest. Almost too honest which gets me in Trouble.

How did you come up with the idea for The Wanderers?

I was always making up stories in my head, playing out scenes, and creating ideas when i was bored. And i was bored a lot. I hated High school so most of my time I spent in la-la land dreaming of something better. After meeting my magic writing fairy Rose, she convinced me to put all my ideas down and in writing. So I thought about it and then after reading so many books and finding out what I didn't like I decided to do something different. So I started writing down characters, plot ideas, and before I knew it The Wanderers was created.

What is your favorite line from The Wanderers and why do you love it?

This one is hard. Would I sound horribly conceited if I said the whole book?

If I had to pick it would be something Tristan said. He's one of my favorite characters and I had a lot of fun writing him. If I could find someone like him in real life I would do the opposite of Ella and run right for him and be like, "Hey there. How you doin?" But sadly have yet to find him, sigh. But to give you one of the many reasons I love him, here is one of Tristan's quirky lines.
Ouch Ella, you're cold. You know, if you ever need someone to warm up that ice in your veins, I'm your guy.

Excerpt From The Wanderers:

“What can I get you?” the bartender asked. 
“I'll have a...” Josie was ordering her drink when I started to get the strangest sensation of being watched. I looked over to my right to discover a strange young man staring at me. He had a cocky smile on his face, like he was the type of guy girls never said no to. I turned away letting him know I was not interested. I knew he didn't take the hint when I could still feel his eyes on me. I moved closer to Josie starting to feel uncomfortable under his piercing gaze. I refused to let him intimidate me so I unhooked my hair from behind my ear letting it fall to create a dark brown veil to hide my reddened cheeks. 
“And what can I get you?” the bartender asked me next grabbing my attention. 
“I'll have a beer,” I replied. 
“The beers are over there,” the bartender said pointing behind us. 
“And I'm sure pledge Johnson would love to walk over there and get one for you,” said the strange young man who seemed to forget how impolite it is to stare. 
“No, it's okay. I can get it,” I said wanting to get away from him. 
The bartender stood there as if waiting for a command. The creep with the staring problem nodded to him and he was off. As if that was an invitation to come talk to me he made his way over. “It's his job,” he said leaning against the bar and looking me up and down like he was trying to envision me naked. I crossed my arms over my chest feeling a little violated as his dark blue eyes studied me. He smiled satisfied as he ran a hand through his messy black hair. Not sure what he was attempting to accomplish because it looked like he just threw some gel in it giving it that messy, ‘this is what I meant to do’ look. 
I shuffled my feet nervously waiting for the bartender to come back with my drink. I was trying to be nice and didn't know how much longer I could keep my composure with the way this guy was staring at me. When the bartender came back with my beer I said thank you and turned to walk away, but the creepy guy jumped in front of me blocking my path. When he stood straight, he was about a foot taller than me. He was wearing a green polo shirt and jeans that hung a little baggy on his slim body. 
I pushed my shoulders back preparing for whatever he was going to throw at me. He was in for a sore surprise if he thought he could woo me with his charm the way I was sure he had every other girl. He smiled cockily at me and extended his hand. “I'm Tristan,” he said. 
“Ella.” I shook his hand and he didn't seem to want to let it go. “Can I have my hand back?” I asked annoyed. 
He smiled and pulled my hand to his lips. “Stella piu bella.” 
“I don't speak Italian,” I said narrowing my eyes at him. 
“Enjoy the party Ella,” he winked and walked away.

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3 comments:

  1. Oh this one sounds really interesting! I love the excerpt, I hope I get to read it :)

    Anatea @ Anatea's Bookshelf

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  2. Hm... Sounds really unique and kind of scary. Thanks for sharing!

    Angie @ YA Novelties

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  3. Love the quote! I think Pennsylvania must be a creative people place as I know of several uber creative people from there. Maybe something in the water:D

    Great post!!

    Mich

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