Friday, 10 July 2015

Interview with J.A. George, author of Gifted + GIVEAWAY

Gifted (The Hayven Series #1)
Behind 302 Pages
Released: 10 May 2015
Genre: Fantasy, Romance, Dystopian
Publisher: Self Published
Buy Me: Amazon
At the Other End:
“Why do birds fly? Why do lions hunt deer? Why does the sun shine and the moon glow? Because it must. I wish I could tell you why, I truly do. It mustn’t be easy, such pressure weighted on such young shoulders, but we do not always choose the lives we must lead.”

Avery Gray had no choice but to be different. She was not born that way; she was chosen.

After having met a special, silver-haired woman, and the handsome and enigmatic Theodore-James Connors, Ava finds herself in Hayven, a city separated from the rest of the world, where only gifters – ordinary people with extra-ordinary gifts – can go. With Theo, his friends, Hayven, her gift, and the ability to ‘travel’ in different colours, Ava must now accept that she can no longer classify herself as normal. As friendships develop, and Theo and Ava become closer than she anticipated, it turns out her new gifted life comes with a catch. With no choice or say on the matter, Ava must save a city she is starting to fall in love with; a city that has almost begun to feel like home.

I placed my book on the cashier table noisily enough to indicate that I was there but not so loud so it seemed as if I was interrupting him, and the boy turned round.
“Sorry about that,” he apologised and once he caught sight of me his prepared smile fell slightly and he began to stare questioningly at me; subtly looking me up and down with a bemused expression. But I wasn’t focused on that; he may have in fact said something else after his apology but the words were lost on me as I continued to stare at him. He was…beautiful. My gaze went from his chestnut brown, windswept hair down to his light brown eyes that were almost hazel; to his plump lips followed by his defining jawline. He appeared to glow brighter than before.
“Are you alright ma’am?” he asked me. His voice reminded me of the slow stretching descend of honey from a highly placed silver spoon.
I blushed at the nature of my own thoughts.
“Yes,” was all I could manage.
He took the book from my sweaty hand and proceeded to scan it, looking up at me every now and again as if he had seen me somewhere before but was struggling to remember where and when. I noticed that he completed the transaction with only one hand as the other lay leisurely on the counter top. A midnight blue leather bracelet encircled his wrist, and with no other adornments, I couldn’t help but admire it. I wasn’t particularly into jewellery but I loved leather bracelets, and this one was faultless. Just a simple leather bracelet with a criss-cross pattern detailing it and a silver clasp in the middle.
“You’re into psychics?” he questioned with a smile.
“What?” I looked up from typing my pin into the card machine to stare at the book he was now putting into a cream coloured bag. “Oh! Well…not exactly. It’s just…become a recent…interest is all.”
He smiled again at me, showing perfect white teeth, with an amused look on his face, and I turned to stare down at my shoes in embarrassment. Since when had it become too difficult to verbalize one flowing sentence? Once the machine had accepted my card, I yanked it out and stuffed it into my coat pocket, aware of the fact that I was still staring at my feet and was now blushing wildly. I couldn’t remember the last time I had blushed for a boy.
As he handed me the bag, my hand accidently brushed against his. The name Theo flashed in the forefront of my mind. 
“There you go,” he said kindly.
“Thank you, Theo,” I replied absent-mindedly, unashamedly tasting the name on my lips; I liked the way my tongue couldn’t help but touch my two front teeth as I said it and how – 
“How did you know my name?” Theo asked startled.
“I’m sorry?”

“You called me Theo,” he said. “How did you know that was my name?”
J.A. George is the author of the four-part series, GIFTED: THE HAYVEN SERIES. Jessica spent years of her life reading book after book before sitting on her bed one morning, opening her laptop and typing Chapter One into her word document. Now, not only does she read book after book, she now writes book after book too. When she's not writing, she's trying to break her record of finishing a tub of Oreo ice cream in less than forty-five minutes.

Find J.A:
1. Where have we seen you before? (previous projects/works)
You haven’t! Gifted is my first published novel.

2. What goes through your mind after your novel has been on sale for the first week?
Will anyone buy it? Has anyone brought it? Is it really for sale? Oh my gosh, I'm actually an author – this is really cool! Will anyone buy it? Was this a good idea? Should I have added that scene? Should I have taken out that scene? Will anyone buy it?! It’s a pretty emotional roller coaster, but it's amazing.

3. What inspired you to write this novel?
The notion of being normal yet different. I love people who are different and who enjoy being different. Normalcy is over-rated and I don't think anyone is 100% normal. No one can be that boring. Ava, my main character, is normal in the sense that she eats, breathes, goes to school, hangs out with friends etc but she’s also different because she's supernaturally gifted.

4. What do you think about when getting/seeing negative reviews?
It’s quite heart-breaking at the time and you read it and think, “Okay, so my book isn’t as good as I thought it was.” And you start to doubt and question yourself, but what you always have to remember is that not everybody on the planet is going to like your book. It’s impossible. So just always focus on the positive review because at the end of the day, they’re what really counts. Luckily for me, I’ve had more good reviews than bad so I focus on the good. AND negative reviews often contain constructive criticism, which is only a good thing!

5. How long was the writing/planning process?
I think it was over a year. Mainly because I needed to plan out the entire 4 book series before completing the first book. Then there were the numerous rounds with my editor, and re-drafting etc, so yes, I would say a little over a year.

6. What was your reaction to the cover art when you saw it for the first time? Did you have any ideas from the days of writing/inspiration?
I was very impressed! The book cover is a scene from my book and I knew before I even contacted the cover designer that I wanted that scene to be on the cover.

7. Any plans for future writing projects? Any being worked on now?
I am currently working on the second book of the Gifted series.

8. Top 5 books

  •  Any of J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter books
  •  Roald Dahl – George’s Marvellous Medicine
  •  Any of Karen Mccombie’s Ally’s World Series (they make me feel so young again!)
  •  George R.R. Martin’s Game of Thrones
  •  Toni Morrison – The Bluest Eye

9. What book/s from other authors do you wish you had written?
100% without a doubt, the Harry Potter series. It’s pure creative talent.

10. Why read your novel?

Read it if you like romance, adventure, dystopia and/or fantasy. If you don't like these genres, read it anyway! On a more series note, if anything, read it for the characters. I love the characters I’ve built in Gifted and even if you don’t like the genre or the storyline, you’ll like the character.

This giveaway is open INTERNATIONALLY
Winners can choose from the following eFormats: MOBI, ePub, PDF.


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