I’m hosting an interview today with Jacquelyn Sylvan, the author of YA supernatural thriller “Blind Study”. Thank you for answering my questions, Jacquelyn!
1) What is the hardest part about being an author?
Making pretty word-pictures. Seriously, the hardest thing for me is to translate what’s happening in my head into coherent sentences, so that hopefully the same thing will then happen in your head. The day they invent some sort of telepathic brain-to-page chip, I will be the first in line.
2) Can you give us the synopsis of your book?
The main character, Alice, has a terrible accident, but even though her wounds have healed, she’s still crippled by inexplicable pain. As a last resort, she enters a study for a new pain medication. It’s a miracle pill, but it gives her terrifyingly vivid nightmares. As it turns out, she’s not the only one—all the participants who are taking the medication are dreaming, including a boy she met in her dreams, Riley. The terror starts leaching out of their dreams and into the real world
3) Is this part of a series or a stand alone?
It’s a stand-alone, but don’t worry, I have more (though unrelated) books coming!
4) How many hours do you write per day?
I try for an hour a day—key word being try, since I do work full-time! I’m always writing in my head, though.
5) What is your favorite book?
That’s a mean question! How am I supposed to just pick one? Since it was mean, I’m totally cheating—the Harry Potter series. I reread it beginning to end every summer.
6) What are you working on now?
I’m working on the second book in a planned series, about a professional teenage thief whose life turns upside-down after a simple job turns out to be much more than she bargained for.
Author: Jacquelyn Sylvan
Genre: YA Supernatural Thriller
Eighteen-year-old Alice has spent the last year of her life in a hospital bed, held hostage by pain from a freak accident. Doctors can neither explain nor cure her condition, and her medical insurance is about to run out. Then, she’s offered one last chance—inclusion in a study for a revolutionary new pain medication.
Miraculously, the medication works. There’s only one side effect—vivid, terrifying nightmares, of imprisonment in a pitch-black cell, with no memory of her identity or how she got there. At least, she thinks that’s all they are, until someone from her dreams shows up in real life.
When other sinister happenings cross the boundary between dreaming and waking, Alice must choose: return to a half-life of isolation and agony, or confront the malevolent force behind the dreams, before she and those she cares about are trapped in their nightmares forever. But by the time she makes her choice—it may already be too late.
Before Jacquelyn Sylvan became a writer, she worked as a waitress, video store clerk, trail-riding guide, and veterinary technician, among other things. She’s a few inches shy of five feet tall, which means she’s sometimes mistaken for a child when she rides her bike, and often looked at suspiciously by amusement park ride operators. When she’s not writing, you’ll probably find her watching Vampire Diaries or trying to warn people about the impending penguin apocalypse. Jacquelyn lives in Pennsylvania with her husband, two cats, and two very large dogs. Her YA novel, Blind Study, a supernatural thriller, comes out August 20, 2013.