Jus Accardo, author of the 2011 YA debut novel Touch, is here with us today! She's here to share with us a little about Touch and her writing!
Thank you so much for stopping by today, Jus! To start things off: How do you choose your character names? Are they usually just favorites of yours or do you use names based on their meanings?
It's really pretty random--though I apparently have a thing for names beginning with D, K and and M. I'm not sure why. And it's not just TOUCH. It's the same letters in everything I write. There's a hidden meaninghere, I know it...
Do your stories initially start from a character, plot, setting or something else?
Always character. I'm so not a plotter. Everything I write is organic. It
grows from the character and their personality/situation. I have this huge
file on my computer that's full of characters. Each one get's their own
doc and I go from there.
I did zero plotting for TOUCH. I had the character idea and the background
evolved from there. After that, the whole plot fell into place as I was
writing. I know it sounds backwards and unorganized, but when I try to
plot anything too carefully, I just sit there staring at the screen,
drooling. It's not pretty...
Where is your favorite place to write?
At the dining room table with the window cracked and the dogs at my feet.
I can write anywhere, but I find that spot is the one I'm most comfortable
in. It's where my best work gets done. Plus it's right next to the
kitchen...which is where the coffee lives...
Who or what inspired you to write TOUCH?
Coffee. I was sitting at the end of a drive-through line. I had to be
sitting there for over forty minutes. I couldn't go forward, and of course
someone had pulled in behind me, so I was stuck. I was just kind of
staring off into the woods and boom! The scene just plops into my brain
(this is how my mind works) This girl running bare foot through the woods
is being chased. With each step she takes, the ground underneath shrivels
and dies. Kale and Dez were originally reversed. It wasn't until I was
three chapters in that I decided to change it.
Can you describe TOUCH in five words or less?
So much fun to write? LOL. Fun, thrilling ride with attitude, maybe? Oh!
Maybe Adrenalin junkie falls for assassin!
When a strange boy tumbles down a river embankment and lands at her feet, seventeen-year-old adrenaline junkie Deznee Cross snatches the opportunity to piss off her father by bringing the mysterious hottie with ice blue eyes home.
Except there's something off with Kale. He wears her shoes in the shower, is overly fascinated with things like DVDs and vases, and acts like she'll turn to dust if he touches her.
It's not until Dez's father shows up, wielding a gun and knowing more about Kale than he should, that Dez realizes there's more to this boy, and her father's "law firm," than she realized. Kale has been a prisoner of Denazen Corporation -- an organization devoted to collecting "special" kids known as Sixes and using them as weapons -- his entire life.
And, oh yeah, his touch? It kills.
The two team up with a group of rogue Sixes hellbent on taking down Denazen before they're caught and her father discovers the biggest secret of all. A secret Dez has spent her life keeping safe.
A secret Kale will kill to protect.
A Denazen Novel, #1
by Jus Accardo
Release Date: November 01, 2011
About the Author
Jus Accardo is the author of YA paranormal romance and urban fantasy fiction. A native New Yorker, she lives in the middle of nowhere with her husband, three dogs, and sometimes guard bear, Oswald. Her first book, Touch, is due out in November 2011 from Entangled Publishing. She is represented by Kevan Lyon of Marsal Lyon Literary Agency.
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