Book # 1
By- Jessica E. Paige
Genre- YA Fairy Tale/Folklore
Orphaned at a young age, 15-year old Anouk’s punishment for being too outspoken is an arranged marriage worse than any she could imagine. Fleeing on horseback, yet without a sense of where to turn, she stumbles upon an idyllic village where she finds safe haven. Could this be home?
Ultimately, it will lead her to confront the very face of death, yet amidst the danger and darkness, she meets a handsome woodsman and finds a glowing blue flower with power beyond her wildest dreams.
Inspired by Russian fairy tales and steeped in ancient folklore, Paige’s novel is ripe with fantasy, love, and courage.
And here is our interview with Jessica E. Paige
When did you know you wanted to be an author?
I think I wanted to be an author at a really young age, probably second grade. I remember having an assignment in class to write a story and I spent all kinds of time working on it and thinking about it and writing way more than I was required to do for the class. Thankfully, I had a very kind and patient teacher that year. But it took me until I was about 30 to actually believe I could at least try writing a book.
What are three things you must have to write?
My morning tea.
A quiet space.
What’s your writing space look like?
Pretty messy! I have a room dedicated to writing and I usually have several books spread across the floor and another stack on my desk. I like to read Joseph Campbell and folktales for inspiration. And then there’s lots of paper. I write everything longhand first, so I have papers with notes everywhere. Sometimes I draw also, even though I’m not a good artist at all. It helps me to relax and get into the right frame of mind. I also like to have big poster- sized paper if I want to do some outlining. Sometimes it gets challenging walking across the room. Then I’ll go through a cleaning phase and tidy everything up. But that only lasts for a short time.
Why do you write young adult? What do you love about it?
I guess that’s just where my heart is. Even though I haven’t been a young adult for quite a while, I still identify with the struggles that come with that age. It’s such a fundamental time in life when you’re trying to define who you are. I’m still working on it.
What role does music play in your writing? Do you have one album or playlist that works best for you?
I really like to listen to music before I start writing. I usually have an album that I go back to and listen to over and over again, or certain songs on that album. Sometimes I make a playlist but I tend to stick to one artist at a time. Some of my favorites are Regina Spektor, Gregory Alan Isakov, Natalie Merchant, and Yael Naim.
What can we expect next from you?
I’m working on a sequel to Chasing Ravens, so that’s what I’m hoping will be next!
Jessica Paige hails from the Seattle area where she lives with her husband and two dogs. Though she was raised in the Pacific Northwest, Jessica has long been intrigued by the ancient folklore of her Slavic and Lithuanian roots. Her love of horses and the outdoors led her to a career in environmental outreach, and her studies in herbalism. When she’s not working or writing, you’ll find her digging in the garden, creating herbal remedies, or walking in the woods with her dogs. You can visit her at www. jessicaepaige.com.