Here for a Q&A, is the lovely author J. A. George, the author of the Hayven Series. Her book, Gifted, came out in April this year, and is the first in the series.
Review of Gifted HERE.
Tell us about yourself in four sentences
My author name is J.A. George and my full name is Jessica George. I like to eat, read, write, bake, hang out with my friends and can often be found at the cinema. I’m the author of GIFTED – The Hayven Series, a four book series. I love sweet things – chocolate, pancakes, cheesecake, doughnuts, you name it; if it’s sweet and doesn’t have peanuts, walnuts or pistachios (because I’m allergic), I’ll like it!
What’s your favourite TV show at the moment?
Even though the season has just ended, Game of Thrones! I loved the books and although a lot has changed from the book to the TV show, it’s still just as amazing! I’ve never eagerly awaited a next season of anything! After a month goes by, I sort of forget about it, but I think I’ll be counting down the days until the next season of Game of Thrones.
Tell us about your book.
Gifted is all about a nineteen year old university student who meets a woman a little on the strange side before meeting a young man a little more on the stranger side. These meetings lead to the eventual discovery of Hayven – a city separated from the rest of the world where only those with gifts can go. She makes an eclectic bunch of friends, who, even though I’m biased, are just awesome. But Hayven has its dark side and they’re called Cliders. Gifters turned rogue, Cliders are determined to see Hayven return to the way it was one thousand years ago when the city was under the dominion of Madrina.
What genre is Gifted?
It’s a contemporary YA fantasy. I started off writing Gifted because I wanted to read it. I wanted to read a contemporary YA fantasy novel that didn’t feature instant-love, a chosen one or a girl growing up in a dystopian society. I just wanted to read about someone normal, someone I could relate to. Someone who worries about the way she looks, but never says it out loud, has a sense of humour, thinks about the small stuff. Then I wanted to take her and place in a world she never thought existed. I wanted to explore real young adult relationships, friendships and modern-day topics such as, body weight issues and cheating in relationships. Hmmm, it’s probably difficult to tell but Gifted is a fun read, I promise!
Do you type straight away or use pen and paper?
I use pen and paper before I type AND THANK GOODNESS FOR THAT! Recently I had a kerfuffle with my USB, also known as, the ONLY place I had saved the second book of the Gifted series. One day, the file got corrupted and I lost 40,000 words! Luckily I was able to visit a few computer specialists and they restored it so that I only lost about 1,000 words, but because I had written everything down before, typing it out again was no bother!
Where do you do most of your writing?
Either at a desk on a chair, or on my bed with my laptop on my knees. Right now, I’m typing this all out on the latter.
What Harry Potter house would you be in?
I want to say Gryffindor, but you have to be brave to be in that house and spiders render me speechless. But I’m much too soft for Slytherin. Can I be in Ravenclaw, please?
Where did you draw inspiration from when creating the world of Hayven?
I didn’t really draw inspiration from anywhere in particular, to be honest. I just spent a lot of time thinking about a city I’d like to visit and then threw in a few extra-ordinary elements into the mix.
Friendship is a huge part of this novel. Which character from Gifted would you most want to hang out with?
All of them! When readers read the first novel they can quickly pick out a character or two they’d like to befriend because they feel closest to that person. But because I’m currently writing book two and I have planned out bits from books three and four, I feel closest to all the characters. Besides, because they work so well with each other, I think hanging out with them as a group would be more fun than hanging out with just the one.
Thank you for this great Q&A! I loved Gifted, and can’t wait to read the next books in the series!
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