Featured Interview With J.D Evergreen
Tell us a little about yourself. Where were you raised? Where do you live now?
My name is Jessica Evergreen, I’m a born and raised Australian, and I live along the Mornington Peninsula. I live with my partner, my two housemates and my two cats. I spend my spare time gardening and drawing, but mostly I spend 90% of my time writing about the worlds and people who live in my imagination.
At what age did you realize your fascination with books? When did you start writing?
I have been creating stories for as long as I could remember. I started creating books as a child, telling stories at the dinner table and daydreaming about adventures and magic when I’m supposed to be doing things like housework, instead of finishing my uni assignment. I started writing down my stories as an adult when I went through a particularly difficult stage in my life. At first, writing was my escape but it quickly re-ignited my passion for stories, and I realized it was what I wanted to spend every day doing. Celestia is my second novel, the first one is still in the stages of re-writing. Celestia just kind of took over and became the story I had to tell.
Who are your favorite authors to read? What is your favorite genre to read. Who Inspires you in your writings?
I love young adult fiction, stories of action adventure, magic and monsters. Fantasy is my favorite genre to read and write. Every writer inspires me, writing isn’t a high paying job unless you are well known, and often it is a secondary income, it inspires me every day that people pursue their dream. My favorite books to read are ‘Hunger Games,’ ‘Narnia,’ and ‘Wolf brother.’
Tell us a little about your latest book?
Celestia is my most recent book, and it took me around six months to write and edit. I enjoyed writing Celestia, the story just came to me one day, and it was like a frenzy to write it down. Which made the editing process that much harder, I found the characters compelling and the storyline intriguing. See I only write stories I want to read, and Celestia became my obsession for six months, seriously, I think I know it line for line.
Celestia is a story about a young woman named Taliah. The day after her twenty-first birthday her world is turned upside down when the king dies without an heir. A man she has never seen before arrives in her town claiming to be someone they should know. The stranger is unusually charismatic and persuasive, with the use of magic he brainwashes the town, an act that is forbidden by law. He orders them to follow him to war against Celestia, so he can establish himself as king. Taliah and her friends manage to escape the brainwashing and take it upon themselves to warn Celestia before the strangers’ army can arrive. Along the way Taliah will discover things about herself she never expected to learn, she will have to develop the strength to fight her self-doubts, fall in love and risk everything.
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