Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Sleight: Book One of AVRA-K, Jennifer Sommersby

Jennifer Sommersby is a writer, copy editor, photographer, and mom of four living in the Great White North. Originally from Portland, Oregon, in 2002 she relocated from Los Angeles, California, to the suburbs of Vancouver, BC, with her Canadian husband and miniature humans. She studied English, political science, and criminology through Washington State University, as well as copy and substantive editing (2005-06) through Simon Fraser University in Vancouver. In 2007 she was a member of the eight-person fiction cohort of the Simon Fraser University Writer’s Studio, a one-year intensive during which participants focused on the craft and business of writing under the tutelage of successful authors and artists. Sleight is her first completed novel; Stratagem: Book Two is due late 2011.

Product description:
Q: What will e-readers like about your book?

The story is based on a seed of fact. The avrakedavra is a magical book in Sleight, but the word itself is ancient and was used as a healing spell in ancient Mesopotamian cultures. Other than the fact that there are fantasy and paranormal elements (the main character, Gemma, sees dead people, and Henry, her love interest, has “gifted” hands), I tried to create a story that, for all intents and purposes, is couched in reality. There’s a little something for everyone: a circus, some elephants, very real relationships amongst a group of people faced with an impossible conundrum, and just enough romance to keep fans of YA and crossover fiction interested and turning the pages. And the last 50 of those pages? One reviewer called them “dizzingly tense.” Strap in and hang on.

Q: Why did you go indie?
Indie seemed the best choice to get the book out to the reading public when traditional deals were not happening.

Q: Who are your favorite authors in your genre?
As for YA, Suzanne Collins for sure. Becca Fitzpatrick, too. Andrew Davidson isn’t in my genre, but his book The Gargoyle inspired me to add some of the elements I’ve included.


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