Tuesday, March 13, 2012


So I had the pleasure of interviewing Jessica.
Let me start off by saying Jessica is the sweetest Author I have ever met she's so down to earth. I can't wait for the mailman to bring me my copy of this book!!!!!

Oppression (Children of the Gods #1) by Jessica Therrien


Elyse knows what it means to keep a secret. She's been keeping secrets her whole life. Two, actually. First, that she ages five times slower than the average person, so that while she looks eighteen years old, she's closer to eighty. Second, that her blood has a mysterious power to heal. For Elyse, these things don't make her special. They make life dangerous. After the death of her parents, she's been careful to keep her secret as closely guarded as possible. Now, only one other person in the world knows about her age and ability. Or so she thinks. Elyse is not the only one keeping secrets. There are others like her all over the world, descendants of the very people the Greeks considered gods. She is one of them, and they have been waiting for her for a long time. Among so many of her kind, she should not be very remarkable--except for the prophecy. Some believe she will put an end to traditions, safeguarded by violence, which have oppressed her people for centuries. Others are determined to keep her from doing just that. But for Elyse, the game is just beginning--and she's not entirely willing to play by their rules.


1. When did you begin writing?
I’ve always loved writing. I wrote stories and poems before I ever set out to write a book, though. I’m not exactly sure when I started writing Oppression, but it took about one to two years.

2.What inspired you to write your first book?
I was inspired by the YA genre itself. I fell in love with the stories and honestly became a YA fanatic. After searching a while for the next “big thing” in YA without finding anything that really grabbed me, I set out to write it myself. I figured I knew what it was I was looking for in a YA book…I might as well just write the dang thing, lol.
3. How did you come up with the title?
The book was originally titled The Descendants. It was good and it fit, but George Clooney basically decided to copy me. He came out with a movie titled The Descendants, so my publisher and I sat down all day to hammer out a new one. When the CEO of ZOVA Books said the word Oppression, it clicked.

4. Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?

Nobody has asked me this yet, so I’m glad you did. I would say the message is that love is very powerful, and no matter where life takes you, love will conquer all.

5.Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?

Much of the book is based on memories from my own life. The love story is inspired by the love between me and my husband. Anna is based on my best friend. The book is very close to me.

6 .If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in the book?

Yes. Haha…but the book industry doesn’t work like that. I’ve recently fallen in love with the first person present POV. I love the way a book reads when written that way. A little secret is that I wrote book 2 completely in first person present just to create that fast-paced flow, and had to go back and change it to past tense to be consistent with book 1. I would have loved to write book 1 in first person present.

7.Do you have any advice for other writers?
My advice is always the same. Go to a writers’ conference. You’ll meet great people, have a lot of fun, and you may even catch a lucky break. I did!

8.Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
Thank you. Your amazing reaction to my book has been the best feeling ever. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you!!!

Jessica is currently writing book two in her CHILDREN OF THE GODS series.

Thank You Jessica

* Book Mark Belles*


  1. Thank you so much Jessica for taking the time out of your busy schedule to have Kelly interview you it was greatly appreciated and also for having us on your blog tour.

  2. Great interview. It was nice to see some new questions asked.

    And ladies, I LOVE the blog. I started mine on March 1st too! (well I created it a few days before but didn't tell anyone). Loving it so far!!!

    1. thank you so much sweetie!! Lets make a deal since we both started at the same time! add me to facebook or email me and whenever I hear about something ill let you know ;) Im always looking to make new friends who enjoy reading

    2. You guys are rocking the blog world :)

    3. well your rocking the book world!! wanna trade?? lol

  3. Replies
    1. hush hush jessica you know we love you and your series

  4. Welcome! Cassandra thank you for your comment and yes the blog world is friggin awesome I've had many sleepless nights since Kelly and I started ...lol