I have a treat today! Jessica Therrien is here to chat with us all about this question:
Which one of your characters would you like to meet in real life, and why?
Hi Meradeth fans! Thanks for letting me steal the spotlight for a minute :)
For me, good writing means strong characters. I don’t care what happens to someone in a book unless I actually care about the character.
One of the characters in my books who has had a real impact on readers is a girl named Kara. She’s a grunge-punk badass with a dark past and a good heart, but it’s her snarky attitude that wins most people over. Here’s my dream actor visual:
It would definitely love to meet Kara. Most of my characters are based on real people (obviously they morph into their own as I write), but Kara was different. She sort of just pushed herself into my brain and forced her way into the series. If I’m being honest, I’m nothing like her. She’s tough, I’m not. She’s witty, I’m goofy. She’s hard around the edges, I’m an open book. Maybe she’s my other half…
I’ve actually thought of writing a spin off about Kara. Throughout the entire series she has been a very loud voice in my head. It would probably be an easy book to write. She has always sort of driven the scenes she’s in. I’d sit down planning to write something, and end up writing another story entirely…completely out of the blue. I honestly wonder what causes certain characters to come to life the way they do.
You know, it kind of makes me sad that some characters are fictional. A lot of times when I’m reading I find myself wishing we could be friends. I dream about hanging out with them and wake up feeling all excited. That’s why movies are awesome. Meeting Daniel Ratcliff would almost be like meeting Harry Potter, haha!!
Which character(s) in any book have made you wish they were real?
Humans and Descendants struggle to live together in a world that isn’t ready for such a change. America is divided. Those who glorify the supernatural race believe Descendants truly are the gods they claim relation to. Others see them as a threat.
When Elyse gives birth to the next generation oracle, she sees one final vision—war. The destruction of the country’s major cities, and the end of America as we know it.
After her daughter is born, Elyse finds herself without the ability she needs to predict the future. Desperate to save the world from such conflict, she puts her faith in the hope that Descendants are the key to survival. After all, they have the power to supply a broken society with the means to survive.
Only from the ashes can a new world be born.
GOODREADS | AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE
OPPRESSION (Book #1)
UPRISING (Book #2)
REDEMPTION (Book #3)
The Children of the Gods Series
The Descendants have waited long enough for freedom…
About The Author
JESSICA THERRIEN spent most of her life in the small town of Chilcoot, California, high up in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. In this town of nearly 100 residents, with no streetlights or grocery stores, there was little to do but find ways to be creative. Her mother, the local English teacher, inspired her to do all things artistic, and ultimately instilled in her a love for language. Jessica currently lives in Southern California with her husband and their two children.
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