Jessica Warman is the author of Breathless and her newest, Where The Truth Lies, which is available now from Walker BFYR.
KBB: Why did you decide to write novels for young adults?
JW: The teenage years are just fascinating to me, because there’s so much growth and life experience that takes place in such a short period of time. Over a few years, as teens, we encounter so many things that challenge everything we’ve believed about life and ourselves up to that point. Another thing that’s interesting to me about adolescence is the fact that it’s one of the only times in life when we have a great deal of privelege without all that much serious responsiblity, in general. Overall, it’s just an incredible age group to write for. Not only is the subject matter endlessly rich, but I think the audience makes the work that much more rewarding. I love it.
KBB: Where The Truth Lies is a companion novel to your first book, Breathless. Did you find it easier to write than the first book? Did it change the way you wrote because you had already developed some of the characters?
JW: “Where the Truth Lies” was actually more difficult to write, because it was more grounded in fiction than “Breathless,” which is based heavily on my high school experiences. Even though the book is a companion to “Breathless,” it was definitely a different animal to work with. Even though the process was different, though, it was equally rewarding.
KBB: The cover for Where The Truth Lies is very eye-catching. Did you have any input in it? Did you picture it differently or is it just what you wanted?
JW: My publisher comes up with all of my covers, and then they kind of run them by me to see what I think. I’m not sure what would happen if I didn’t like one, because I have absolutely LOVED everything they’ve shown me so far. I definitely couldn’t have imagined a better fit for the cover of “Where the Truth Lies.” I love everything about it, especially the asymmetry.
KBB: Are any of your characters based on people you know?
JW: Yes, definitely! In fact, I’d go so far as to say that most of my characters are based on people I know, or have known. My friends and family love guessing who my characters might be based on. It’s funny because I have some friends who are really good at figuring it out, and others who aren’t so great at it… my mom, in particular, is always convinced she knows exactly who everyone’s real-life inspiration is, and I’d say she’s wrong about 95% of the time. I’m not sure if that says more about my writing or my relationship with my mother… hmmm.
KBB: Can you tell us anything about what you have in the works? Are there more YA novels in your future?
JW: Yes! I have another book coming out next year. It’s a supernatural thriller called “Between,” and I’m VERY excited about it!
KBB: Just for fun: Name a favorite YA book that is not your own. It can be a new release, upcoming release, or an older release.
JW: I absolutely loved “Skinny” by Ibi Kaslik.
KBB: I am really interested in Skinny and I actually just bought a copy so I will have to read it soon. Thanks so much for the interview, Jessica.
Readers if you would like to know more about Jessica and her books you can find info on her website: http://jessicawarman.com/