Hello there everyone, welcome back to my Author Interview realm once again.
We have a returning guest in our midst tonight, as we speak to her to find out more about the latest YA Fantasy book release from author Jenna Greene.
You can find the original Author Interview that I did with Jenna here:-
So, let’s get cracking and find out what Jenna’s latest book is all about.
Thanks for reading and have fun friends 🙂
Hi there Jenna, a real pleasure to have you back here with us again to chat about your latest book release “Reborn”, a Young Adult Fantasy Thriller.
What is the significance of the title “Reborn”? Is it a key to understanding the themes of the book itself?
The title refers to people in the world who have led previous lives, and have thus been ‘reborn’, but it also has to do with the main character’s journey. Lexil begins the novel accepting of the world she lives and the circumstances she is in but questions whether she can become something different, something more. The novel asks if someone makes an effort to change their character, can they truly be reborn?
Who are the key players/lead protagonists and antagonists that pop up in your adventure?
Lexil is our main character, a 16 year-old reborn who has just entered slavery. She meets two main allies: a five year old reborn named Ceera (who Lexil becomes very protective of), and a double-born named Finn.
What is the story about regarding the conflict that needs to be resolved by the characters and what are the stakes for them?
Lexil is sold into slavery at age sixteen, after memory marks appear on her skin. She is purchased and taken to work on a plantation. She befriends a young girl who she is sold with. The pair end up fleeing the plantation after Ceera is about to be re-sold to a horrible owner.
How did the idea(s) for this tale take shape?
The story was inspired by my mother’s illness and subsequent death – as well as my freckles, which are the inspiration for the memory marks on Lexil’s skin.
If you could invite one of your characters to dinner, which one would it be and what would you cook for them?
I think Ceera. I’m a teacher and love children. Ceera’s only five and her innocence and playfulness would be delightful. Plus, I could just make her macaroni and she’d be satisfied.
What aspects of your characters in this book would you say that you relate to on a personal level?
The idea that we have a connection to past lives, or people in our lives that are no longer with us. I feel my mother, though she passed away several years ago, is still with me in spirit.
What would you choose as your own personal mascot or spirit animal when it comes to you and your style of writing?
A tired duck? Um…what’s an animal that works in small, inspired spurts, driven despite perpetual exhaustion?
Did you do any specific research for this novel that differed from your previous ones that you have written?
I created almost all of it out of my own head. No research!
Do you write listening to music? And if you do this then what music were you listening to when you wrote this book?
I do not listen to music. Or, very rarely.
What were the hardest parts of this book to write? And what were the easiest?
The entire novel flowed very easily. The muse seemed to take hold at times and the book nearly wrote itself. Of course, there were some emotional scenes that took their toll.
Were there any significant concepts that you had to edit out of this book that seemed like a good idea in the first draft but became too unwieldy as the story progressed?
Usually there are. Most novels I write go through a ‘chopping phase’ but this book was an exception. The writing worked like magic and stayed that way.
What are you views on audiobooks and would you consider having your novels made into audiobooks? If so, then who would you get to narrate them?
Cool! Yes, I’d love my novels narrated on audio. I think I’d like to narrate them myself.
Finally, regarding your subsequent projects, will you be writing another sequel to Reborn or do you have other plans for other books in the pipeline?
I am currently writing the sequel to Reborn, just at the drafting stage.
And once again, that’s a wrap! Thank you for joining us once more Jenna, we can’t wait to get stuck into Reborn soon! 🙂
Jenna Greene is the author of the acclaimed Young Adult Fantasy series, Imagine! She is a middle school teacher, dragonboat coach, enthusiastic dancer, and semi-professional napper. She lives in Lethbridge, Alberta with her husband (Scott), daughter (Olivia), and dog (Thor, dog of thunder).
Jenna is available for interviews, media appearances, speaking engagements, and/or book review requests – please contact firstname.lastname@example.org by email or by phone at 403.464.6925.