Sunday, September 9, 2012

Interview with Jus Accardo

Congratulations to our very own Jus Accardo on her upcoming release, Toxic, the second novel in her Denazen series!! 

When a Six saved Kale’s life the night of Sumrun, she warned there would be consequences. A trade-off. Something taken for the life they gained. But Dez never imagined she’d lose the one thing she’d give anything to keep… And as if it’s not enough Dez finds her immunity to Kale fading, the Six brought in to help Kale learn to control his killer touch starts drooling on him the moment they meet. Worse than that? Jade can touch Kale. But bimbo Barbie is the least of Dez’s problems.
After Dez and Kale got away at Sumrun, her father lost not only his most powerful weapon but an important piece of the Supremacy project. Forced by Denazen to remedy the situation, he poisons Dez and offers her a choice—surrender to Denazen for the cure…or die. Determined to find a solution that doesn’t involve being bagged and tagged—or losing someone she loves—Dez keeps the poison a secret.  But when a rash of Denazen attacks hit a little too close to home, Dez is convinced there’s a traitor among them. Jade.
Sacrifices, broken promises, and secrets. Dez will have to lay it all on the line if there’s any hope of proving Jade’s guilt before they all end up Residents of Denazen. Or worse, dead…

1.    Toxic is book two in your Denazen series. It’s been nearly a year since your debut novel, Touch, was released. Can you tell us how your life has changed since then?

Not much, really. I get a little more email and I’m a little busier than I used to be… No real changes. I did have a TOUCH postcard on the dash of my car and a woman in the parking lot saw it and asked if I’d read the book telling me she loved it. That was pretty epic…

2.    Who’s your favorite secondary character in Toxic? And do you have a favorite line of paragraph?

I’ll always have a soft spot for Dax and Alex, and even though I know everyone loathes her, Jade was SO much fun to write.
As for lines, I don’t want to ruin it, but there’s one with Dez and Jade and it involves an M80… ;)

3.    Anything you’d like to share about book three or do you have any sneak peeks for us?

Book 3 is going to change everything… whistles innocently

4.    As those of us pursuing a writing career know, the road to publication is not an easy one. We’d love to hear a little about yours.

It’s not for the faint of heart. You need to go into it armed with a ton of support, a slick back, and a stubborn streak ten miles long. I was really lucky. I only queried one book before TOUCH and then happened to query the right person at the right time. You have to keep at it. Don’t let rejection discourage you. It only takes one person to pick you out of the slush and give you a killer home.

5.    What’s your latest book crush? And what’s next on your reading list?

I’m totally crushing on Kai from Wendy Higgins SWEET EVIL. As for what’s next, I’m not sure… My TBR pile kind of scares me. I’m thinking about getting a restraining order…


Natalie Aguirre said...

Congrats Jus on your new book. And thanks for the great advice for us aspiring authors. I agree. It's not always smooth sailing.

Kristin Lenz said...

Congrats to Jus! Thanks for sharing, Colette.

Kurt Hampe said...

"I did have a TOUCH postcard on the dash of my car and a woman in the parking lot saw it and asked if I’d read the book telling me she loved it."

Yeah, that's gotta rock. Congrats on Book 2.

Stina Lindenblatt said...

I can't wait for Toxic. I won a copy of Touch at the YARWA workshop in Anaheim. I'm so glad the other woman at the table let me pick the prize first. She got the YARWA sport bottle. :D