Jessica currently lives in Melbourne and is competing for the worlds most boring person award. All the interesting things happen on the inside of her head.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up around Ocean Grove and Geelong, at the other end of the Great Ocean Road to where the book is set. I love watching the ocean and love the landscape of the Great Ocean Road, though not so keen on swimming in it. I wrote what I knew, a small tourist town. As for why I chose Fantasy, I spent most of my childhood with my nose in a book and it was invariably Fantasy. I have always loved the idea of other worlds and magic so that is what I wrote about.
When did you first start writing?
I have always wanted to be an author, though everyone advised me it was impractical and financially unsustainable. This particular series I started when I was about sixteen and initially it was just for interest. My sister was my first fan, she would read what I did and then hand it back with the words, 'it's good, write more'. A great encouragement. I didn't really think about preparing it for publication until I took time of work for illness in 2009 (and had a large and overwhelming thesis to avoid writing). For some reason I thought writing fiction would be easier than writing scientific papers. Ha!
Amy’s little brother Robbie has been kidnapped by a monster. No-one believes her except her best friend Sarah and arch-rival Paul whose brother is also missing. The three form a reluctant alliance to find the missing boys.
The plan was simple. Follow the monster through the purple swirly thing. Fight the monster. Rescue the boys. But things don’t go quite according to plan.
Got the Wild One free on the Smashwords Ebook sale. The book is excellent and I bought the second book as soon as I finished the Wild One. Hoping there is a third.
Jai is a very interesting character and continues to grow throughout the series. The constant shifting of threat and allies keeps the reader on their toes. The characters develop organically and the world building is fantastic.