Tuesday, October 19, 2010

GCC Presents: Denise Jaden

For those of you who were here for Women Who Rock Wednesday last week, the winner of Linda Gerber's Trance is I Heart Book Gossip!

I've got another fabulous interview for you this week--a woman who definitely rocks though this is not an offical WWRW interview, it's with one of my girlfriends from the Girlfriends Cyber Circuit, Denise Jaden, who is going to tell you about her new book, Losing Faith.

About the book:
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.

Here's the trailer:

About the Author:
Denise Jaden lives just outside Vancouver, Canada. When she’s not writing, she can often be found homeschooling her son or dancing with her Polynesian dance troupe. Losing Faith is her first novel. Find out more at denisejaden.com.

And now the GCC interview...

Q: Please tell us what your new book is about and what inspired you to write it.

Denise: Losing Faith is about sixteen year old Brie, who loses her sister Faith in a cliff accident. Through the bizarre and devastating grieving process, Brie discover that certain facts about Faith's final night just don't line up.

As for the inspiration, at first, I just knew I wanted to write a sister story. From there, I figured out that one of the sisters had a secret, and the secret would only be discovered after she died. I lost a close friend of mine when I was sixteen, and I've always felt there was a lot to explore
with a teen experiencing such a big and devastating event.

Q: If there was a soundtrack for your book what are five songs that would be on it and how do they relate the story?

Denise: Playlist questions are very hard for me. I've never really connected my writing with music, plus I'm not really up on a lot of current music. I'm hoping one day there will be a fan out there who loves my book, loves music, and can come up with a playlist. That would be so much fun for me!

Q: Who were some of your inspirations to become a writer or the inspirations that keep you writing? Feel free to include other authors, teachers, parents, or people in other creative fields, whoever is an inspiration to you!

Denise: The first time I really became aware of my love for words and sentences and just the beauty of the English language, was when I was reading A MAP OF THE WORLD by Jane Hamilton. Laurie Halse Anderson is an ongoing inspiration to me, as is my dance teacher, Paul Latta.

Q: Even though music plays in so heavily into my storytelling, I rarely can actually listen to it while I'm writing. Can you? How does music fit into your writing process?

Denise: No, I need complete silence when I write. And even though I do love listening to a wide variety of music, as I noted above, I've never really made a connection between music and my writing.

Q: What is next for you? What are you working on now?

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.

Q: You are part of a new blog group called The Contemps that as a contemporary realistic fiction writer, I am very interested in. Can you tell us about it?

Denise: The Contemps is a brand new group made up of YA authors with contemporary novels releasing over the course of a year. They are passionate about realistic fiction because these are the books that remind us we're not alone in this real world. They spotlight contemporary fiction for young adults through blog posts, author events, and (over)sharing from their teen years.

So check out The Contemps and Denise's book Losing Faith. Both sound amazing to me!

1 comment:

Bee said...

I've been eying Losing Faith for such a long time, I have to get around to buying it now.
I have a morbidly emotional attraction for books that deal with death.

And The Contemps are amazing. I'm addicted to their site.