Eileen Cook Author, Writing Consultant, Editor

GCC Welcomes Jessica Brody

I’m excited to have Jessica here today talking about her new book, UNREMEMBERED.

About the book:

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 a single survivor; which is why the sixteen-year-old girl discovered floating amid the wreckage—alive—is making headlines across the globe. She has no memories of boarding the plane. She has no memories of her life before the crash. She has no memories…period. As she struggles to piece together her forgotten past and discover who she really is, every clue raises more questions. Her only hope is a strangely alluring boy who claims to know her. 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?

Set in a world where science knows no boundaries and memories are manipulated UNREMEMBERED by Jessica Brody is the first novel in a compelling, romantic, and suspenseful new sci-fi trilogy for teens.

Jessica answered some questions-

1) Tell us something fun about your new book, it can be a character detail, something that inspired the story, or a behind the scenes story from the writing process.

Okay, here’s a funny story. You know what an ARC is? Well, it’s an advance readers copy that gets sent out to reviewers and press and bloggers before the book is released to the world. And it’s printed from early, “unproofed” “unfinalized” pages of the book. The publisher even slaps a big warning label on the front, reminding people that it’s unproofed and may or may not contain typos.

So I have this character in the book named Dr. Maxxer. Originally he was a scientist who helps my main character discover who she really is. He was a nice man who shows up toward the end of the book.

Well, late in the revision process, someone from my publishing house made the following comment to me, “Why are all the scientists in this story men? Do women scientists not exist in this world?”

I didn’t even realize that all the scientists in the story were men until this was pointed out. I certainly didn’t intend for that to happen. So I decided I was going to change Dr. Maxxer to a woman. (This is how authors perform sex changes.) So I spent a few days going through the manuscript, tweaking the character and the dialogue, and changing all the hes and hims to shes and hers. But evidently I didn’t catch them all and the ARCs were printed with several very confusing gender typos. So as it appeared in the ARC, Dr. Maxxer didn’t seem to be able to decide whether or not he/she was male or female. At the time, I was pretty mortified. Now it’s just a funny story I’ll be able to tell for years to come!

2) What do you like to do when you aren’t writing?

Usually catching up on the MANY TV shows I’m thoroughly addicted to. Um, Homeland? They’re killing me with that show!

3) If you weren’t an author- what job would you choose?

This is an answer that changes from day to day. On some days I think I could be a school librarian and talk to kids about books all day. On other days I think I’d like to be movie producer.

But pretty much every day I dream of being a professional poker player. Yep.

4) Rapid fire round!

Currently Reading: Ten by Gretchen McNeil (holy scary pants!)
Sweet or Salty: Sweet!
Morning or Night person: Morning.
Coffee or Tea: Both! Why discriminate?
Favorite Holiday: Thanksgiving (It’s all about food. What’s not to love?)
Favorite TV Show: How I Met Your Mother
Favorite Indulgence: Pixy Sticks, baby! The blue ones!

REVIEWS:

“Unremembered is a story brimming with mystery and suspense, star-crossed love and mad scientists. I felt like a detective putting together the pieces of Seraphina’s forgotten past right along with her, and the masterful way the puzzle was finally revealed left me speechless.”—Marissa Meyer, New York Times bestselling author of Cinder

“Unremembered is an awesome book! I was pulling for Seraphina from the opening chapters, and couldn’t wait to read what happened next—and I LOVED the twist at the end.” —P.C. Cast, New York Times Bestselling author of the House of Night series.

“Gripping story…harrowing action…The first in Brody’s new science-fiction series should snare enough attention to have folks tapping their feet for the sequel.”
- Booklist

“Unremembered” is the first in a young adult sci-fi trilogy that is a page-turning adventure of self-discovery.” – Deseret News

“Fast-paced and sure to satisfy romance-oriented readers”
- Kirkus
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. She is the author of 52 Reasons to Hate My Father, My Life Undecided, The Karma Club, and now, Unremembered. Her books have been translated and published in over 15 countries. She currently splits her time between California and Colorado. www.jessicabrody.com

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