Jackie’s books really stand out from the crowd because even though there is a strong paranormal element, her novels features delicate subjects such as anorexia and self injuring. Make sure you read along to discover more about her world and learn juicy details about the upcoming books.
A series about the four horsemen of the apocalypse is very unique, would you mind introduce us to your Lore? Have you done a lot of research before your wrote your books? Were there some sources with a bigger impact on your series?
JK: Well, the original source is from the Book of Revelation. But there are plenty of other influences—Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett’s fabulous GOOD OMENS, Piers Anthony’s Incarnations of Immortality, and Marvel Comics’ X-FACTOR are three big ones. One of the things I had to do was figure out what the purpose of the Horsemen were in my books, considering that I don’t really want the world to end in Armageddon just yet. :) By the third book (which I’m working on now), many of the worldbuilding questions are answered. And by the fourth book, everything else will be answered. Stay tuned!
Anorexia and self-injuring, addressed in respectively Hunger & Rage, are very touchy subject, how did you approach them?
JK: I used to be bulimic, so writing HUNGER was very cathartic for me. RAGE was emotionally draining to write; I’ve never self-injured but of course I’ve had times when I’ve felt like everything was just too much to bear. I did my best to be honest with both books — there are graphic parts to both, because I didn’t want to shy away from the ugly reality behind eating disorders and self injury.
Have you been contacted by individuals or support group for those conditions?
JK: A few readers have told me that HUNGER really spoke to them because they used to suffer from an eating disorder. More have told me that they had never thought about eating disorders before reading HUNGER. The more that people start talking about things like anorexia and bulimia and self-injury, the more likely it is that people who need help will get the support they need. I’m donating a portion of HUNGER proceeds to the National Eating Disorders Association, and a portion of RAGE proceeds will go to the organization To Write Love On Her Arms.
Would you like to introduce your main characters to us?
JK: Lisa is 17 and anorexic, but she doesn’t believe she has a problem—even though she’s at the point where she’s hallucinating, her hair is falling out, she’s alienating those who care about her, and she’s picking fights all the time. HUNGER begins right after Lisa has accepted a strange parcel from an even stranger deliveryman, who tells her, “Thou art Famine. Go thee out unto the world.”
Missy is 16 and a self-injurer. Unlike Lisa, she knows she has a problem and is desperately trying to stop, but situations keep occurring that drive her back to the blade. Death comes calling and offers her the Sword of War.
If you had to pick a song to represent each one of them, what would they be and why?
JK: LOL, Nirvana is on all of the Riders of the Apocalypse book soundtracks. :) For Lisa, it would be “Come As You Are.” For Missy, it would be “Jesus Don’t Want Me For A Sunbeam.”
Do you already have plans for the next two horsemen? Would you let us in on the secret without any spoilers?
JK: Yes indeed! I’m writing LOSS right now — it’s about a bullied teenage boy who is tricked into becoming Pestilence. And the last book will be called BREATH, and that’s Death’s book. **rubs hands gleefully**
And last, a question I ask to all my guests: What's your best spring break memory?
JK: Oh my gosh. Spring Break was so long ago! But recently, my family and I went to Walt Disney World. That was tons of fun — even the waiting on lines for rides was fun! (Well, okay, maybe not that...) Hope to go again next summer.
Thank you so much Jackie for taking some time in your busy schedule to stop by <3
Lisabeth Lewis has a black steed, a set of scales, and a new job: she’s been appointed Famine. How will an anorexic seventeen-year-old girl from the suburbs fare as one of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse?
Traveling the world on her steed gives Lisa freedom from her troubles at home: her constant battle with hunger, and her struggle to hide it from the people who care about her. But being Famine forces her to go places where hunger is a painful part of everyday life, and to face the horrifying effects of her phenomenal power. Can Lisa find a way to harness that power — and the courage to battle her own inner demons?
Missy didn’t mean to cut so deep. But after the party where she was humiliated in front of practically everyone in school, who could blame her for wanting some comfort? Sure, most people don’t find comfort in the touch of a razor blade, but Missy always was . . . different.
That’s why she was chosen to become one of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse: War. Now Missy wields a new kind of blade—a big, brutal sword that can cut down anyone and anything in her path. But it’s with this weapon in her hand that Missy learns something that could help her triumph over her own pain: control.
A unique approach to the topic of self-mutilation, Rage is the story of a young woman who discovers her own power and refuses to be defeated by the world.
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Ends April 6th, 2011.