I couldn’t have been more excited when my first author interview response came through, from Jessica Shirvington! Her new book, Disruption, has sneakily been making its way further up my TBR, above lots of books I should be reading first.
Read on and discover more about the amazing Jessica Shirvington.
Disruption is set in a not too distant future where our obsession with technology has evolved and we are now all microchipped and wear mbands, which can access our pheromones and rate everyone we cross paths with. You can be a friend match, relationship, lust, a true match or a complete negative. Maggie’s father is what is known as a ‘neg’ and has been removed from society and she is determined to get him back – no matter who she has to take down on her way.
How would you describe your books/latest book to someone who has never read your work before?
All of my books have strong female lead characters. I write in first person because I like my readers to have a really strong emotional connection to the story and main character. Expect a lot of action and heartbreak!
Which storyline/character/book that you’ve written has been your favourite and why?
It is a bit like asking someone to pick their favourite child. Very hard and the answer changes depending on my mood. Right now, I love Disruption and its sequel, Corruption, because I feel they are so appropriate to the where the world is going. It was a lot of fun to explore the idea that we could just walk by someone and instantly know whether they would be a match, like getting a text alert! And I loved discovering Maggie as a character. She is kind of an anti-hero and does a lot of bad things but she is good too, which makes her even more interesting. Also Gus is in Disruption, Maggie’s almost-friend, and he was so much fun to write!
Where do you get your inspiration from for your characters and stories?
This one is always a hard question because the ideas come from everywhere and usually it is some random and irrelevant thought that starts a much more researched concept. For example, the idea for Disruption happened when friend was informing me about the world of internet dating (I’ve been with my husband for 20 years so I am completely ignorant to these things!). I laughed and laughed and then said – randomly – “Wouldn’t it just be easier if we could walk by a person and get a rating? Someone just know whether they would be a good match or not?” It was such a random comment, but it stayed with me and led to a much bigger story.
Has your latest book ended the way you thought it would?
Yes, I think so. Things always change and evolve especially when it has a sequel or is a series, but I had a clear idea for where this story started and finished and I think that was achieved. I can’t say the same thing for all of my books!
How long does it take you to write a book?
My first eight books have come out over approximately four years, so I guess about six months per book. During that time, I was always working on one while editing another, so perhaps all up closer to a year once you add in the idea and the research but they do overlap.
What do you do when you’re procrastinating over writing?
Make cups of tea. Eat chocolate. Put on the washing. Get distracted on Facebook. Eat chocolate. Take the dog for a walk. Catch up with friends for coffee. All the things I shouldn’t be doing!
What are you currently reading, and what will be next off your TBR pile?
What would you pick as the best part of being an author? And in contrast, the worst?
Having your own imagination being the only true boundary is definitely the best thing. Conversely, fearing your imagination isn’t living up to its end of the bargain is often quite frightening!
Was there a particular book or author that made you want to become a writer?
No. It was the combination of every book, both good and not so great, that I have ever read.
What character or series do you wish you could have come up with?
You’re going to take a week off and do all your favourite things… what are they?
Hanging out with my husband and two daughters in the snow. Skiing during the day, dinner with friends, curling up by the fire with a good book at night. And there would also be chocolate.
Is there something you’d like to achieve in the literary world that you haven’t yet?
So much. Mostly, I’d like to write a story that could stand the test of time. It isn’t something you can necessarily set out to do. You just have to do your very best and hope that you believe in the right story at the right time and then do it justice.
What are you working on/hoping to work on next?
Corruption, the sequel to Disruption comes out next. Since that is mostly ready to go on my end I have started working on a new story, about a girl who has been raised in self sustainable communities (or cults) her whole life and is thrown into the real world when her entire community is murdered. It is a really exciting story for me, one that I feel like I have been waiting to write for a long time.
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A big thank you to Jessica Shirvington for taking part in our author interview. Look out for Disruption, published on October 6th, pre-order it now on our website!