Interview with Jade Varden

How do you approach cover design?
By not doing it! I find someone with a talent for artwork, which I don't have, and give them some rambling general instructions.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
My phone! It's strange because I have a Kindle and a tablet, but I always end up reading on the smallest screen.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Sending out review requests. I get a boost in sales when new reviews appear on book blogs.
Describe your desk
I don't have one, and maybe that's strange. However, I do have an area that I call my own. It's me, my phone, my laptop, my tablet...and up to three different remotes. I keep myself completely surrounded in gadgets and electronics.
When did you first start writing?
At age 11. I first knew I wanted to be a writer at 9.
What's the story behind your latest book?
It was inspired by a video game, actually, which revolves around a group of stranded survivors. I played it for a long time and created many generations when I noticed there were no more blonde people; I'd accidentally bred them out. Then a blonde was born at random to dark-haired parents, so I gave her a special title and began working on a breeding program to get more blondes. When I realized how crazy I was acting, I started to put together the plot of "Hope's Rebellion."
What are you working on next?
I'm working on another mystery novel that's based on actual events. It takes place aboard a ship. I'm going to reveal the secret of the mystery, which heretofore has remained unknown.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes, I do! It was about a haunted dollhouse. Or maybe the dolls were haunted. Either way, it was meant to be a horror story. It was so terrible I've not ventured back into the genre since.
Do you use outlines for your books?
Every time. I like to plan my books out totally before I begin writing them. I always end up going off the outline and the story always changes, but I keep doing it just the same. I like to have the structure in place, even if I don't stay inside of it.
If you couldn’t be an author, what would your ideal career be?
I think I'd be pretty good as a baker.
Do you write one book at a time, from beginning to end, or a few at a time?
I like to work on one book at a time, but I have stopped working on certain books and started working on others. I have many half-written projects on my hard drive.
Published 2014-01-04.
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Books by This Author

Saltwater Secrets, Book 1: Song of the Sea
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 67,720. Language: English. Published: December 24, 2014. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy
I didn’t question anything in my world until the day my mother left. That was the day my entire reality flipped upside-down. That was the day I found out both my parents were liars. To figure out who my mother was, I have to leave my world and go inside hers. I just hope I won’t lose too much of myself along the way.
Hope's Rebellion
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 59,070. Language: English. Published: December 30, 2013. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Utopias & dystopias
There are only two seasons in Godenor: summer and winter. Weather brings the only surprises to a society where everything is planned, and everyone's status is determined at the color of their hair.
Deck of Lies: The Full Deck
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 298,360. Language: English. Published: December 24, 2012. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Mystery & Detective
It all begins with a single lie that rips Rain Ramey away from her family. If everything about her old life was untrue, who is she going to be now? Rain's journey will take her into a world of madness, adultery, cover-ups...and court.
Judgment (Deck of Lies, #4)
Series: Deck of Lies. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 90,450. Language: English. Published: November 26, 2012. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Mystery & Detective
Now that I've started telling lies, I can't stop. Not until all this is over, and I'm free of the family that never felt like mine. Maybe it's wrong. Maybe I'm a bad person.
Death (Deck of Lies #3)
Series: Deck of Lies. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 75,760. Language: American English. Published: June 30, 2012. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Mystery & Detective
I never wanted to get in this deep, but I did go looking for the truth before I was prepared to handle it. But how do you close the lid on Pandora’s box? You can’t unlearn something, or forget a dark secret once it’s been revealed.
The Tower (Deck of Lies #2)
Series: Deck of Lies. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 66,300. Language: English. Published: April 6, 2012. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Mystery & Detective
Death brings some families closer, but it's ripped mine apart. I wanted to convince the police that they had the wrong suspect...but I never expected them to start suspecting me. Now, I have no choice but to keep searching for the truth, even if all my relationships fall to pieces around me.
Justice (Deck of Lies #1)
Series: Deck of Lies. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 64,240. Language: English. Published: February 7, 2012. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Mystery & Detective
When you build an entire life on a foundation of lies, it only takes one truth for the whole thing to come crashing down. I never invited the truth in. I never went searching for it. I never had any reason to suspect that the two people I loved most were dishonest with me every second of every day.