Saturday, March 10, 2012

Oppression: Making a Big Impression!

Today we get to hear from Jessica Therrien, author of Oppression. Her book hit the number 7 spot in the Teen section of the Barnes and Noble Nook bookstore last week, and this week it rose to number six. Oppression is book one of Jessica's paranormal romance/adventure series, Children of the Gods. Looks like the series is off to a super start

First, what's the story of Oppression?

Elyse knows what it means to keep a secret. She's been keeping secrets her whole life. Two, actually. First, that she ages five times slower than the average person, so that while she looks eighteen years old, she's closer to eighty. Second, that her blood has a mysterious power to heal. For Elyse, these things don't make her special. They make life dangerous. After the death of her parents, she's been careful to keep her secret as closely guarded as possible. Now, only one other person in the world knows about her age and ability. Or so she thinks. Elyse is not the only one keeping secrets. There are others like her all over the world, descendants of the very people the Greeks considered gods. She is one of them, and they have been waiting for her for a long time. Among so many of her kind, she should not be very remarkable--except for the prophecy. Some believe she will put an end to traditions, safeguarded by violence, which have oppressed her people for centuries. Others are determined to keep her from doing just that. But for Elyse, the game is just beginning--and she's not entirely willing to play by their rules.

Tell us about your path to publication.

I found my publisher at the Southern California Writers Conference last year. They are a mid-sized publishing house out of Los Angeles.

Is your book available in print format? How did your e-book come about?
Yes, my book is available in both print and e-book format. Both were released at the same time. My publisher took care of creating the e-book so I'm not sure about the details.

What is your target audience, and how do you believe the e-format works for that audience and serves their needs?
Since my novel is a Young Adult novel, the e-book is a great way to reach them. The younger generations gravitate toward technology.

How are people finding out about your book? Tell us about your marketing and use of social media. 
I blog at my website at I also use Facebook, Twitter, and GoodReads to get the word out about my book. My virtual launch party and blog tour (hosted on my blog) were very instrumental in acquiring readers.

[The blog tour is happening now! Check in at Jessica's site for special offers and contests.]

See this week's updated Kids' E-Book Bestseller List for more authors, more books, and more great reading!