Today I am pleased to bring you Jessica O’Gorek speaking about her book – Gemini Rising Etheral Fury.
Short author bio: I was born in Chesapeake, Virginia on April 19th, 1979. I was raised within the American Indian religion and was taught great respect for the earth and all its living beings. Powwows, sweat lodges, vision quests, you name it, I’ve done it. I was the weird kid who would confront kids on the playground in elementary school when they squished a bug. I would very sincerely tell them what they were doing was morally wrong and then I would pray for the bug to come back as a butterfly in its next life.
Purchase link: http://www.amazon.com/Gemini-Rising-Ethereal-Jessica-OGorek/dp/0925776254/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1365964132&sr=8-1&keywords=gemini+rising+ogorek
Website / Blog: http://geminirising1.blogspot.com
Book Synopsis: Angry at the human race and its methodical destruction of her resources, Mother Earth recruits souls who have just left their bodies to serve Her, and turns them against humanity.
Gemini, a clan of paranormal beings, picked from the possessed humans, emerges. A powerful, rising force proceeds to carry out Mother Nature’s plan to systematically destroy towns, cities, states… and eventually, the world.
Amidst the chaos, a forbidden relationship a human girl, Violette, and Onyx, a lead Gemini, begins. They will both find themselves in the middle of a revolutionary war that will either save, or destroy our world.
Tell us a little about your book.
My book will paint a picture of humanity, our shortcomings, our faults and how all of these things are effecting the earth. It will also show us what could happen if we don’t wisen up. Mother earth can only take so much!
What inspired you to write this book?
I wanted to take the YA genre and add some spice to it by inserting a deeper concept they can hopefully relate to. Instead of just a love triangle and some supernatural creatures, we have an earth element; one that I hope will instill in them the importance of protecting our planet.
How are your story ideas born?
I saw the Twilight Saga films, I read the books and then I read the Host. I took all of those books and went into a different universe. I was riding back from my in-law’s house, after Thanksgiving dinner 2010 and I told my husband and my then 11 year old that I was going to write a book. I told them all about it and they said it sounded amazing. Onyx and Violette were born. It’s a series. I am not sure how long it’s going to be yet, but I’m on book # 4. I guess the why of my project is really simple. I enjoy writing.
Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
Yes. The message is loud and clear. We aren’t taking care of the earth and in case anyone hasn’t noticed, things are changing! (Polar ice caps, see level rising, super storms) I hope to create awareness that global warming is real and that we have to rapidly change our ways or suffer the consequences. I don’t think we are doing enough and I think the damage we have done is at this point irreversible.
What is your writing process?
I write by the seat of my pants and my characters seem to lead the plot in the right direction. I always try to create an outline but it never goes how I plan it. Onyx and Violette have distinct ideas as to how they wants things to go.
What are the future plans for you and this book?
I am on book four on the Gemini Rising series and still going strong. One thing I was never good at was ending a book. In fact, I have yet to do so.
What are you doing to market your book?
I blog, I Tweet, I’ve designed my own website, I joined Goodreads and Book Blogs, I attended numerous Like events and created my own Facebook page.
Do you find it difficult to juggle your time between marketing your current book and writing your next book?
Yes! I alternate between editing, writing and marketing. It’s crazy for me because I am on book 4.
What advice would you give a new author just entering into the self-publishing arena?
Recite the serenity prayer and if you want it bad enough, make it happen. No one will ever do it for you. “God, Grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.”
Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
Stephanie Meyer. The series stuck with me because I absolutely love Edward and because of Bella’s transition from girl to vampire. I watched the first movie then read the series and just couldn’t get enough of it. The funny thing is, Meyer really isn’t a stunning writer, not compared to James Patterson or King, but she still sucked me into the story and had me reeling with Edward’s innocent sweetness. He was a killer but also a gentle soul. This concept fascinates me and has translated into Onyx, my main character.