Thursday, May 9, 2013

Interview with Jordan Link, author of The Sacrificed

Today I have the pleasure of having Jordan Link with us! Her fantasy novel, The Sacrificed, was released on May 6th through the Blush imprint of Entranced Publishing (disclosure: my employer).

Before we get to the interview, here's a blurb of The Sacrificed!

Emerald Hayden lives in the City of Centsia, a half-winged among the other walkers. She has no family, friends, or food: only a grim future filled with tiresome labor in the upper level's factories. But everything changes when she meets Dusk, a winged from the place that she previously scorned. He opens her eyes to a new possibility: the possibility of the unity of winged and walkers, of freedom, and of love.

Together, they decide to challenge the upper level's supreme, winged council. But when a friend betrays them, they must choose whether to sacrifice their belief and save their own lives, or to remain along the thin line that divides the city in two. Success could mean liberty; failure, death.

About the Author:

Jordan Link is currently contracted with Entranced Publishing for her novel "The Sacrificed" which was released on May 6th, 3013. She won first place in the Jack L. Chalker's Youth Writers Contest of 2012 for her short story "The Bubble," and attended Balticon 46 last year. She earned an honorable mention on December 3rd for the Young Voices Foundation Short Story Contest and will be published in their anthology "Oh, the Stories They Tell!" which will be available on Amazon. Her earl love of reading inspired an equivalent passion towards writing, and she plans to continue doing so.

  1. If you could tell anyone in the world five things about yourself that really define "you," what would they be?
    Faith, adventure, ambition, freedom, and happiness. Those are the five qualities that I seek to fulfill in life. Those qualities will triumph over wealth and glamor any day.
  2. What was your inspiration for The Sacrificed?
    My inspiration for The Sacrificed was a combination of many things: the success of other young authors, the dream of being free from the office life that many Americans face, and the creative allure that novels have to offer. After all, who wouldn't want to create worlds that others can indulge in, just by clicking a link or turning the pages of a book?
  3. How long did it take you to write the first draft of this book?
    Surprisingly, it only took a few months to write the first draft. I was very focused, and eager to complete Emerald Hayden's adventure.
  4. What is your writing/editing process? Pantser? Outliner?
    I've answered this many times, and I can't say that my answer has changed. I plot the main points, so that my characters don't run loose, misguided, throughout the story. But I let them have their fun whenever the action is falling or rising.
  5. How did you decide to go the indie/small press route?
    A small press is quite like a small town, where everyone knows, trust, and aids everyone else when called upon. I think a small town is a great place to live, especially if you are working your way toward the big city.
  6. What are your favorite YA books overall? Recently?
    Well, that's a tricky question. My favorite overall series are the Harry Potter books, Rick Riordan's Percy Jackson, and Alison Croggon's Pellinor series. Recently, my guilty pleasure has been Allie Condie's Bachelor-esque Matched.
  7. Favorite type of ice cream?
    Chocolate - it's simple, reliable, and no matter the company, will always taste absolutely delicious.

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Twitter: @JordanLink3

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Slowly, ever so slowly, she dropped to her knees and peered around the corner.
There was a winged boy standing there, muttering something to a few walkers. It was impossible to distinguish the color of his eyes, or even his expression from her sheltered position, but his features were still rather shocking. His hair was a creamy white, a pigment that Emerald has only ever seen on the heads of other winged. His skin was pasty and faded. She wondered between pounding heartbeats how the winged remained so pale when they spent so many days in the sky above Centsia, arcing near the curve of the sun and circling back around again as they went to and from their duties. The boy's wings, however, were by far his most striking features. The feathers seemed to form intricate pictures as they fluttered in the midnight breeze. Emerald continued to stare as the boy withdrew something from his pocket.
It was bread.

1 comment:

  1. Hey, I never tuned back in to say thanks for the interview. I really appreciate it! I'll be keeping tabs on the blog.