April 29th, 2010

The Girlfriends' Cyber Circuit presents Jessica Brody!

The Girlfriends' Cyber Circuit is a webring of YA novelists. Check these postings for the latest releases!


When you mess with Karma, Karma messes back...

Madison Kasparkova always thought she understood how Karma works. Do good things and you'll be rewarded, do something bad and Karma will make sure you get what you deserve. But when Maddy’s boyfriend cheats on her, nothing bad comes his way. That’s why Maddy starts the Karma Club, to clean up the messes that the universe has left behind and get back at the people who have wronged them. Sometimes, though, it isn’t wise to meddle with the universe. It turns out Karma often has plans of its own.

Jenn: In my book The Ex Games, Hayden has to overcome her fear of heights to make it as a professional snowboarder. What are your characters afraid of, and how do they conquer their fears?

Jessica: My main character Maddy is afraid of losing control. She’s got her entire life planned out. And when that life goes off track, she’s gotta figure out what to do about it. And it’s incredibly scary for her.

Jenn: What has been your greatest fear as a writer, and how have you dealt with it?

Jessica: Hmmm…where do I start? That my books won’t sell, that my reviews will be terrible, that my editor will hate my next manuscript, that my agent will leave me, that I’ll never be able to finish whatever book I’m working on, that I’ll die in a fiery plane crash before I hit the bestseller list…Oh sorry, are you still there? I was kind of in my own world there for a second! As you can see, being neurotic kind of comes with the writer territory. But I’m learning how to combat all these fears by just taking things day by day and having faith that everything will work out fine…and somehow it always does.

Jenn: In The Ex Games, Hayden goes head-to-head with her ex-boyfriend in a snowboarding challenge. Are you involved in any sports? How do you think being a woman has affected you as an athlete?

Jessica: Okay, sorry, this question makes me laugh because I’m SO not athletic. I had the slowest mile in the history of my elementary school. Here is an inventory of all the “sports equipment” I’ve bought over the past five years that are now gathering dust in my closet: roller blades, bike helmet, ballet shoes, yoga mat, Pilates DVDs, dumbbells, running shoes…shall I go on? I keep waiting to find that one sport that I click with and well, I’m still waiting!

Jenn: For good or ill, I design my own web site. Who designed yours? What’s your favorite part of your web site that you wish more people would visit?

Jessica: I’ve always designed my own websites too. My current site is designed by me except for the home page which I just put up. That was designed by a VERY talented young woman named Nicki Hart at Multi-Designs.com. She’s fantastic! And I’m a tough customer!

Jenn: What’s your favorite gizmo advertising your book?

Jessica: Whoa, I have so many! I love gizmos! But I’m going to have to go with my book trailer. I produce all my own book trailers and we actually shoot real scenes from the book and edit them together to look like movie trailers (everyone always thinks this one is a movie trailer!) and for The Karma Club, we actually got Deepak Chopra to make a cameo appearance in it!

To celebrate the release of The Karma Club, Jessica is giving away FOUR Flip Video Cameras (as well as TONS of other cool prizes!) on her site. Visit her website, http://www.jessicabrody.com, for all the details and to enter to win!

Jessica, thanks so much for stopping by, and best of luck on the release!

Day 28

More happy news from the land of Forget You: Girls Without a Bookshelf and Princess Bookie both posted terrific reviews. Thank you book bloggers!

Day 28:

During April I am finishing the proofs of Forget You (CHECK!), dealing with the ARCs (CHECK!), and writing 40,000 words (*blank stare*).

Well, all I can say for day 28 is, thank God it was day 28. I claimed I would write 1666 and I wrote 741. I'm pretty sure that puts me in the Bottom Three and I am ready to go home.

Today I'm taking an Index Card Day so that tomorrow, on the final glorious day, I can actually write something. (And btw, "taking an Index Card Day" is not a euphemism for "watching Mythbusters and eating chocolate chip cookies"...it came on last night. I really do need Index Card Days once in a while so I'm not wasting words.)

How about you?

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