October 22nd, 2010

The Girlfriends' Cyber Circuit presents Denise Jaden!

The Girlfriends' Cyber Circuit is a web ring of YA novelists. Check these posts for the latest releases!


A terrible secret.

A terrible fate.

When Brie's sister, Faith, dies suddenly, Brie's world falls apart. As she goes through the bizarre and devastating process of mourning the sister she never understood and barely even liked, everything in her life seems to spiral farther and farther off course. Her parents are a mess, her friends don't know how to treat her, and her perfect boyfriend suddenly seems anything but.

As Brie settles into her new normal, she encounters more questions than closure: Certain facts about the way Faith died just don't line up. Brie soon uncovers a dark and twisted secret about Faith's final night...a secret that puts her own life in danger.

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

Denise: My favorite gizmo is my book trailer:

Jenn: Why was it important to you to write this book?

Denise: I've always loved sister stories, and this character, Brie, and her pain over the loss of her sister kept nagging at me until I finally wrote it.

Jenn: Where is this book set, and what does the setting mean to you?

Denise: The book is set in a fictional town called Sharon, Oregon. I had originally set it in Illinois, but the Illinois setting didn't jive with several scenes that take place on a cliff. I've traveled through Oregon many times, and love the rich, green landscapes. I knew the moment I made the change that Oregon was perfect for this book.

Jenn: My May release, ENDLESS SUMMER, is the sequel to THE BOYS NEXT DOOR, and it's the first sequel I've written. How do you feel about sequels and series versus stand-alone novels as a writer, and as a reader?

Denise: As an author, series-writing scares me to death! I don't know how writers make everything consistent with just the right amount tied up and left undone between books. I think it takes a bigger brain than I have! I do love reading series, as it's nice to stick with characters once you've had a chance to get to know them. I'm currently trying my hand at a companion novel to Losing Faith, telling a different character's story.

Jenn: What good books have you read lately?

Denise: There are so many great books out there, it's hard to narrow it down to just a few. I loved HARMONIC FEEDBACK by Tara Kelly and THE SKY IS EVERYWHERE by Jandy Nelson, to name a couple.

Jenn: When readers tell you they've read and loved all your books and they want recommendations for similar books to read now, what do you say?

Denise: I think people who have enjoyed my book might also enjoy LOOKING FOR ALASKA by John Green, CATALYST by Laurie Halse Anderson, and ONCE WAS LOST by Sara Zarr.

Jenn: What's next for you?

Denise: I'm working on another YA novel called APPETITE FOR BEAUTY. It's about a cheeky and forthright girl who discovers a dangerous, self-destructive side in her sister, and has to decide between helping her sister and a powerful and unfamiliar desire to become appealing to a mysterious boy.

For the latest on Denise's books, visit her web site at www.denisejaden.com!