There are three things Kori knows for sure about her life:
One: Her army general dad is insanely overprotective.
Two: The guy he sent to watch her, Cade, is way too good-looking.
Three: Everything she knew was a lie.
Now there are three things Kori never knew about her life:
One: There’s a device that allows her to jump dimensions.
Two: Cade’s got a lethal secret.
Three: Someone wants her dead.
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What is the first book that made you cry? I think it must have been The Last Unicorn by Peter S Beagle. If you haven’t read it, DOOOO IT. Movie was great, but the book is always better 😉
What are common traps for aspiring writers? I think one of the biggest is not realizing how much of this business is WAITING. Nothing in publishing moves fast. If you don’t have patience early on, you’re going to drive yourself insane. Also, DON’T jump at the first person to show interest in your work. Editor, agent–whatever. Be sure that the fit is good. Chat with them. See if you click. Make sure you have the same vision, and that they love the kind of books you want to write. One of the worst things you can do is settle because you think you’re not going to get another shot. Trust me, you are.
What is your writing Kryptonite? Animal videos. Seriously. I see one and it’s like dominos. Nothing gets done.
What other authors are you friends with, and how do they help you become a better writer? Oh, wow. Way too many to name. I think they all bring a sense of support and community to the table, though. The publishing industry is awesome, filled with amazing highs–and some pretty sharp lows. It really helps to have someone standing beside you, someone that has your back and understands exactly what you’re going through. I’d be lost without them.
If you could tell your younger writing self anything, what would it be? Well, I don’t think I’d tell her to change anything. Every mistake I’ve made has taught me something valuable. Maybe I’d simply tell her to buckle in and ride it out. Take each day as it comes and have patience.
What’s your favorite under-appreciated novel? The Heavenly Horse from the Outermost West by Mary Stanton. I read it as a kid and when I mention it to people, no one has any clue what it is. Read it. All of you. Talking horses and awesome fantasy. You can’t go wrong.
As a writer, what would you choose as your mascot/avatar/spirit animal? Well, I have this cute little stuffed llama above my desk… I think he’d be insulted if I went with something else.
What kind of research do you do, and how long do you spend researching before beginning a book? For me it depends on the book. For example, in one of my books, Rules of Survival, the H&H end up handcuffed together for the majority of the book, so I handcuffed myself to my husband one Saturday. We went shopping, ran errands. People thought we were insane. It was actually pretty fun 🙂
What did you edit out of this book? Actually I don’t think we edited anything out. We added a TON in, but nothing really got pulled, which I think is a first for me!
What was your hardest scene to write? There are several scenes in the beginning of the book pertaining to Kori’s mom that were tough for me to get through. Without spoiling anything, there were eerie (very unplanned) similarities, so when I went back to edit those scenes (scenes I’d written years before) it was a bit difficult.
JUS ACCARDO spent her childhood reading and learning to cook. Determined to follow in her grandfather’s footsteps as a chef, she applied and was accepted to the Culinary Institute of America. But at the last minute, she realized her true path lay with fiction, not food.
Jus is the bestselling author of the popular Denazen series from Entangled publishing, as well as the Darker Agency series, and the New Adult series, The Eternal Balance. A native New Yorker, she lives in the middle of nowhere with her husband, three dogs, and sometimes guard bear, Oswald.