So allow me to present the author of Annabeth's War, Jessica Greyson.
Jessica Greyson, a homeschool graduate loves words, first as a hungry reader, and now as a passionate writer. She seeks to write for the glory of God, and be the writer He has called her to be. When she is not writing, Jessica is daydreaming, serving coffee and lattes at her job—while people watching, spending time with her wonderful family, taking pictures, listening to music, and trying to keep up with all of her amazing friends.
You can learn more about Jessica and her books at
jessicagreysonauthor.blogspot.com or her personal rambles at safirewriter.blogspot.com.
And here is that pretty book cover I mentioned!
With King Harold away at war Lord Raburn has his eye on the throne. Those who dare to stand in his way fall beneath his power. All but one. A girl named Annabeth. Can a commong, ordinary girl, with love for king, country, and her father, achieve the impossible?
Trained by her father, a master swordsman, outlawed Annabeth has only her sword, her wits, and her disguises to keep Belterra from falling entirely into Lord Raburn's clutches. Can she rescue her captured father and Prince Alfred? Will one girl keep the kingdom from falling?
I hope you'll enjoy this interview an a chance to learn a little more about Jessica and her work. And be certain to check out the fun giveaway she's offering at the end of this feature!
Welcome, Jessica! To break the ice, how about telling us a little about yourself? What’s your favorite hobby? Introvert or extrovert? Any pets? Coffee or tea?
Jessica: Writing and reading are certainly on the top of the hobby list. Though currently, I am dabbling a little in watercolor painting, alongside my graphic art business. Definitely, in introvert, though I’ve picked up some extrovert tendencies from my family.
I’ve always loved animals and wanted to keep a menagerie but those plans never quite worked out. We have one dog. Bridget, a West Highland Terrier, who is adored by all and keeps us entertained with her squirrel hunting antics.
Tea if you please, with two lumps of sugar and some cream, or a chai tea always hits the spot.
What led you into the writing life? Were you always a storyteller?
Jessica: I’ve always been a story lover, and would lay awake at night inventing stories for myself or acting them out with my dolls and stuffed animals in the dark. (I have been a night owl since I was a wee thing). I came into voracious reading a little later than most of my friends, but once I fell in I was hooked for life. Writing came later, and I started scribbling my first stories in earnest around age twelve. I asked God for something to do, something I could do all of my life for Him and He called me to be His ready writer and my books have been the result of that call.
Tell us a little about your debut novel, Annabeth’s War. How long did you work on this story? How did the idea come to you? Is it part of a series?
Jessica: Annabeth's War is a stand-alone novel at present. It is the result of an old story spark reigniting with a twist and the passion to portray a strong heroine, who still retained her feminine side.
The whole process for Annabeth's War to come into full-fledged book, from first words to published finish, took 23 months.
Can you pick a favorite character from this story?
Jessica: Oh, it's really difficult to choose. I love Annabeth for who she is, and Ransom for who he becomes.
What inspires your work? Where do you turn when you need a renewal of inspiration?
Jessica: There are a wide variety of things I like to glean from. Movies, reading other peoples works, music, pictures, being creative in a different artistic mediums, or simply a day off. No writing, no word count no perfection just a day of living and being with the people I love sometimes is the best place for renewal and finding inspiration. The other day my family took a trip to a waterfall we’d never been to, and as my sister (who is aspiring to write) and I climbed up into a rock crevice behind the waterfall we started talking about how we could use it in a story.
What are your favorite and least favorite parts of the writing process?
Jessica: My favorite is the spark of a new story. Fresh words and characters tumbling from my fingertips.
The least favorite is probably editing, and saying goodbye to my characters for the last time.
If you were forced to pick a single favorite author, who would it be?
Jessica: Without it doubt it would be Elizabeth Ender. Though she only has only one work out, I have had the privilege of reading some of her yet to be published works. She has a way of creating characters, worlds, and touching heart issues as I have yet to find in another author. Her writing has touched my life and inspired me in a way no one else has.
So what is next on your publishing horizons? Can we look forward to a sequel to
Annabeth’s War? Or do you have something completely new in the works?
Captive of Raven Castle, is the next book slotted to be published, hopefully releasing sometime in November. It’s along similar lines as Annabeth’s War, being in the Middle Ages, and a struggle between kings, and it is a standalone novel.
What are you actively writing right now?
Jessica: Its work in progress title is Becoming Hannah, and is the sequel to Sufficient Grace the next book I’ll be working on publishing once Captive of Raven Castle is happily established. It’s a change up in genres as I go from being in the middle ages to out west in the 1800’s.
Would you share a short snippet from Annabeth’s War?
Jessica: I would be delighted to!
Ransom rolled over to face her. “You are making a mistake.”
“I am saving your life,” she said, sinking his dagger deep into the tree above her head and well out of his reach. Then, taking his sword belt, she climbed up into the tree and hung it also out of reach before dropping to the ground.
Ransom glared at her and a smile pulled at the corner of her mouth.
“Godspeed to you, sir. May He keep you and your noble sword safe. Thank you for everything you did, but I cannot accept your help. This is my war and I must live or die by the results.”
Thank you so much Anne Elisabeth!
You're very welcome, Jessica!
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