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Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Interview w/ "TOUCH" Author Jus Accardo

I am a huge fan of stories that have an evil corporation and TOUCH is a fantastic addition to that list! Why did you decide to write an evil corporation, instead of one specific villain?

Denazen was actually born in something I wrote years ago. The concept changed a bit when it moved to TOUCH, but the same general idea stayed the same. I’ve always loved it. I’m a very organic writer. I don’t plot at all. When I started writing, it wasn’t until Dez’s father came home, that I realized who he was. Marshal Cross. Head of Denazen. Boom. Denazen made the jump from one book to another.
I’d actually like to revisit the others. They’re all written within the same world. Maybe someday!
Kale doesn’t understand some of the most basic things, due to the way he grew up. Was it hard writing Dez’s explanations for things that, most of the time, don’t need explaining?
It was more fun than hard! It was like, hmm, someone walks up to you holding a CD, and asks me what they’re supposed to do with it. So many different reactions come to mind. Better, think of how horrible it would have to be to explain kissing to a hot guy your own age? (that was one of my faves BTW) Can you say awkward…? So, so much fun to write!

While creating this story, what was your favorite part about the writing process? And do you have any quirky rituals?
I can’t write with my shoes on. And I must have coffee. And cheese. (real cheese—none of that fake crap!) As for my favorite part, I love when the characters surprise me. I see things moving along and BOOM. The story takes a hard right.

Did you always plan for this to be a young adult story? What about writing for the teen audience do you like the most?
TOUCH was always a YA.
Writing YA is amazing. It’s all about firsts. Strong emotions and learning to find yourself. There’s really nothing about it I don’t absolutely love.
Now that you’ve gotten me completely hooked on this series, and I’m sure I’m not the only one, can you give us any hints of what’s to come for our favorite characters in the next book?
Hmmm *evil grin*
Dez and Kale aren’t going to have it easy. They’ve got a lot of bumps ahead and some of them are mega-mountain sized. I think some of the characters are going to surprise you—I know they did me. There are more secrets and betrayals, and there’s a chance someone might die ;)
Just for fun, if you were the captain of a pirate ship, which literary characters would you want as your crew?
This is awesome!
Since it’s a boat (and, um, I know squat about sailing) I feel like I should probably say Ishmael…
But really, I’d want Cal Leandros (Rob Thurman). He’d be awesome to keep people in line. I’d have to have Suze along (Meg Cabot) because I could totally see us hanging out. Jane True (Nicole Peeler) and Alex (Jennifer Armentrout) would round off my girl-group peeps. Of course we’d need some eye can—err—muscle—so we’d have to have Clayton Danvers (Kelley Armstrong), Dimitri (Richelle Mead) and Graves (Lili St. Crow).
Hmm. Looking at that list, I’m not sure we’d get very far…but it’d be an awesome party boat!
Thanks for such a wonderful book and thank you for answering some questions!
It was fun! Thanks for inviting me J

Check out my review for TOUCH here!

Jus Accardo is the author of YA paranormal romance and urban fantasy
fiction. A native New Yorker, she lives in the middle of nowhere with her
husband, three dogs, and sometimes guard bear, Oswald. Her first book,
Touch, is due out in November 2011 from Entangled Publishing. She is
represented by Kevan Lyon of Marsal Lyon Literary Agency.

1 comment:

  1. "TOUCH" sounds very unique and engaging! This is a great interview- very interesting to see how some things came together in the book. =)



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