So I signed up to be part of the tour of Jessica Redmerski’s new book: Everything Under the Sun and today (the 28th of August) is the books release day! I read, and loved her Darkwoods trilogy early this year and when I stumbled onto the open application I just couldn’t help myself. (P.S if you haven’t read that series; you should) Giveaway details will be at the bottom of the page; so without further ado, let me proceed.
EVERYTHING UNDER THE SUN: A Novel by Jessica Redmerski
Fiction & Literature | Post-Apocalyptic | Suspense | Romance
Blurb: Thais Fenwick was eleven-years-old when civilisation fell, devastated by a virus that killed off the majority of the world’s population. For seven years, Thais and her family lived in a community of survivors deep in the heart of the Appalachian Mountains. But when her town is attacked by raiders, she and her blind sister are taken away to the East-Central Territory where she is destined to live the cruel and unjust kind of life her late mother warned her about.
Atticus Hunt is a troubled soldier in Lexington City who has spent the past seven years trying to conform to the vicious nature of men in a post-apocalyptic society. He knows that in order to survive, he must abandon his morals and his conscience and become like those he is surrounded by. But when he meets Thais, morals and conscience win out over conformity, and he risks his rank and his life to help her. They escape the city and set out together on a long and perilous journey to find safety in Shreveport, Louisiana.
Struggling to survive in a world without electricity, food, shelter, and clean water, Atticus and Thais shed their fear of growing too close, and they fall hopelessly in love. But can love survive in such dark times, or is it fated to die with them?
Firstly the cover-art is beautiful and instantly caught my eye. So well done to whomever did it cause it looks incredible. I did try search for who it was but I sadly couldn’t find it; so as well as a well done, get your name out there: cause your good.
Bit about the Author: J.A. (Jessica Ann) Redmerski is an international bestselling author and award winner who juggles several different genres. She began self-publishing in 2012, and later with the success of THE EDGE OF NEVER, signed on with Grand Central Publishing/Forever Romance. Her works have so far been translated into twenty languages.
Jessica is a hybrid author who, in addition to working with a traditional publisher, also continues to self-publish. The Portuguese rights to her popular crime and suspense series, In the Company of Killers, have been picked up by one of Brazil’s largest publishers – Suma de Letras; Paikese Kirjastus in Estonia; Ephesus in Turkey; Konyvmolykepzob in Hungary. The series has been optioned for television by William Levy.
EVERYTHING UNDER THE SUN is Jessica’s newest love story.
Interview with the Author:
Tell us a little about why you write in so many different genres. Does it work for you?
I can’t stick to one genre. I love writing all types of stories. Does it work for me? Yes and no. Yes, because I’d start to feel claustrophobic if I had to write in the same genre all the time. No, because I think it confuses my readers that I write everything under the same author name. I regret that decision to this day. My advice to authors considering it: Don’t make this mistake!
How do you plot your novels? Do you outline?
I never outline because I like to let the story and the characters take me where they want to go. Some authors can outline very well and it works for them, but I can’t do it. It has always felt more natural to me to just go along for the ride and see where it takes me, kind of like in real life, I guess. Some scenes in my books were figured out ahead of time, but not ‘planned out’ ahead of time, and there’s a big difference. The only exception to this method is that I do always know my ending before I begin. (Except with my book DIRTY EDEN)
Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
I’m impatient. Very impatient. It’s challenging for me to get through the first 2‐3 chapters of every book because I have a bad habit of looking at how much I have left to go. I just want to be done with it already so that my readers can enjoy!
What is your favourite part of the writing process?
The last sentence. Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely love getting into the story, living out my character’s lives, but there’s nothing like a finished manuscript. It’s a huge accomplishment and I doubt I’ll ever tire of it.
What would you like for readers to take away from your novels?
I just want readers to be able to connect on some level with the characters I create, and take with them an experience rather than just a story.
What would you say is your most interesting writing quirk?
I never stop writing for the day at the end of a scene or sentence, but instead right in the middle of them. This helps me prevent writer’s block and keeps my mind fresh.
Do you have a routine that you use to get into the writing frame-of-mind?
Which do you prefer: eBook, hardback or paperback?
Definitely paperback, hands down. I have a Kindle and it’s just not the same. Hardbacks can’t be held comfortably (yes, I bend the spines! I’m totally guilty!). I can’t imagine a world without physical books. It’s depressing to imagine, actually.
What is your favourite type of food?
Besides writing, what do you like to do in your free time?
Of course, I love to read. I also love the outdoors (hiking, swimming, biking, tennis, etc.), and binge-watching television series’.
Is there one book that has had an impact on not only your writing, but on you personally?
That would be THE VAMPIRE ARMAND by Anne Rice. It’s a book that I’ve read four or five times and the one that really inspired me to try to become a published author.
Tell us your favourite quote.
“Love is a trick that Nature plays on us to get us to reproduce.” – Callisto – Xena Warrior Princess. I’m not against love, I’ve always just been awed by that quote. Not to mention, Callisto was awesome!
If the Earth suddenly became uninhabitable, would you rather live under the sea or in space?
In space! I’m obsessed with the Universe. Besides, the thought of living in the ocean sort of terrifies me.
What was your favourite pastime as a kid?
Playing in the wooded creek at my grandparents’ house in Greer’s Ferry, Arkansas.
Do you believe that many novelists choose to self‐publish out of frustration with trying to publish traditionally?
When self‐publishing on Amazon first became a thing, I do think most of those going it on their own were doing it out of frustration. I was one of them! Even though I self‐published my first book a short time after it was becoming the thing to do, I totally did it because I tried for almost three years to land an agent, but to no avail. But now, I think more and more authors are doing it because they feel it’s the better route for them, and are bypassing the query‐reject method altogether. Personally, I like both!
How important is it to understand the basics of publishing before delving into self‐publishing?
Writers need to understand that self‐publishing is not easy. Sure, you can write a book and upload it and start selling, but there is so much more to it than that. If a writer chooses to self‐publish they must commit to some hardcore self‐promoting and spending a lot of their own money (professional editing, giveaways, review copies, cover art, advertisements, etc.). Bypassing all of this stuff can leave your book buried beneath the avalanche of millions of other books competing for the same exposure.
Can you provide a few self‐publishing best practices you believe brought you literary success?
Some of what I’ve already mentioned are good practices, but also, I’d like to point out two things that I believe contributed to my success: kindness and professionalism. I’ve read a lot of horror stories from book reviewers who were verbally attacked by authors because they turned away a review request or gave a bad review, and similar stories about authors and agents. Know in advance that no matter how hard you worked to write your book that it’s not the next bestseller (until it is), that it isn’t better than J.K. Rowling or Stephen King and that you have absolutely no right to make these statements out loud to anyone. Period. And lastly, no matter how much it hurts your feelings or pisses you off, never reply to a bad review. Ever. Not even if something the reviewer said was 100% wrong. Just don’t do it.
Giveaway: So finally for the bit a high percentage of you are probably most interested in: the giveaway. When I was sent the stuff for the interview I was offered to giveaway 10 bookmarks and 2 signed postcards for giveaway to some of my followers. Sadly the further down I read it was made clear to me that because I lived outside the US there is a high chance the stuff would not arrive to me and that I shouldn’t offer it away because of this fact. Then I was offered something else to make up for this; I managed to get a Kindle Copy of the book to gift to one of you lovely lot. I do not want to make you jump through a thousand and one hoops to comply with the giveaway rules, so the only thing you need to do is to follow this blog. You can either follow it via your email or by a WordPress account, it doesn’t matter. (There will buttons at either the side of the screen or the bottom of the site depending on what device your using) Its only so I have a way to contact you if you win, also the winner will be randomly generated so its all fair and nonsense like that. And also the Giveaway will run until Wednesday 6th of September (A week on Wednesday) and the winner will be announced on the Friday.
Good luck to you all.
Sadly not everyone can win so here is the pre-order link if you have read everything above and are interested in reading it. I know I am.
So, I hope you have enjoyed this out of the blue Monday post; It will return to normal next week.Like I said near the top, I really like Jessica’s writing (what I have read of it anyways) and I hope this maybe made you interested in reading Everything Under the Sun. By complete accident I normally end up with the perfect way to end a post. Yeah, I am having no luck today so that’s the ending your getting.
Thanks and Happy Reading,