Don’t you love it when great things happen to great people? Well, I suspect that something very great is about to happen to my lovely friend Jessica Brody. For those of you who don’t know Jessica, she is a force of nature with exceptional taste in music (yes, we might have bonded over the Spice Girls. Don’t judge) and her latest YA book, Unremembered looks ready to explode!!!!
It’s already been chosen as one of Amazon’s books of the month and has already gone into a second print run before it’s even been released, which makes me so happy and proud because I know how hard she’s worked for this!!!
So what’s the book about?
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.
“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.”
“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”
1) How did you come up with the idea for this book?
A few years ago, I read a newspaper article about a teen girl who was the sole survivor of a plane crash. I was instantly fascinated by the story. Namely because they had no idea why she survived when no else did. I started brainstorming reasons as to why she was so lucky. One particular reason (a rather intricate, science-fiction inspired one) stuck in my mind and refused to leave. It continued to grow and blossom until I had an idea for an entire trilogy. A trilogy that starts with a mysterious plane crash and a single survivor.
2) What’s been your favorite author moment so far in your career?
Oh gosh, there are so many. Every day I’m so grateful to do what I love for a living. I think every time I open my mailbox and find a letter from a reader in there is my favorite author moment. Anyone who takes the time to write a letter by hand (like on actual paper), put it in an envelope, seal the envelope, buy a stamp, affix the stamp to the envelope, address the envelope, and drop it in a mailbox is pretty much my superhero. Especially in this day and age. I know every time I have to use a stamp for something, I’m like, “Seriously? A stamp? Where does this even go?” So getting those letters is just about the best feeling in the world.
3) It’s Oscar speech time! Who are the three people that you would most like to thank for helping you write this book?
3. More coffee.
Okay, sorry. I’ll be serious now. Ahem.
1. My dad (who reads all my early, VERY unreadable drafts and is a brainstorming machine!)
2. My author friend Jennifer Bosworth, who got SEVERAL frantic late-night phone calls when I suddenly decided to change a major plot element like 2 days before it was due.
3. Coffee. (Sorry, you gotta give credit where credit is due!)
4) Describe a typical writing day.
Well, I’m not sure there is such a thing. It feels like every day is different depending on where I am in the story. For the first 100 pages, I feel like a Disney Princess, floating out of bed and prancing to my writing desk while the birds chirp merrily outside and little furry raccoons make my coffee. For the second 100 pages, I feel like I’m trapped in the “pit of despair” (we need to insert a Mel Smith voice here) from the Princess Bride movie, strapped to a torture machine that’s been set to maximum pain, while I haven’t seen the light of day for weeks. Then for the last 100 pages, I’m suddenly Snow White again.
5) Tell me one strange random fact about this book.
I’m not sure if I did this consciously or not but either way, it’s kind of weird. So I’m a HUGE Jennifer Garner fan (Hello, Alias, best show EVER!) And it wasn’t until my first draft was finished that I noticed my main character’s name is Seraphina, which is Jennifer’s first daughter’s name. But when the character first arrives at the hospital she doesn’t remember her name so, because of her purple eyes, the hospital staff all call her “Violet,” which is Jennifer’s second daughter’s name. So yeah, I’m feeling pretty stalkerish right now. Very cool. I’m kind of obsessed with Jennifer myself. She was perfection in Juno and now every time I see a photo of her it makes me smile and cry all at the same time!