The Compulsive Reader: Looking Ahead: Origin and Jessica Khoury

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Looking Ahead: Origin and Jessica Khoury

Looking Ahead is a feature in which new upcoming books and their authors are featured! Take a minute to read the interview, get to know them, read about their book(s), and find them on the internet!

On the blog today is Jessica Khoury, author of Origin!

TCR: Can you describe your book in ten words or less?

JK: Immortal teenager Pia discovers the dark secrets behind her creation. (Wow. That was really hard. How very sneaky of you, Tirzah! =) jk, I love you, but seriously. Ten words. That's brutal.)

TCR: Haha, sorry to make you squirm! What was your reaction when you first saw your cover?

JK: This:

Which translates to: I instantly loved how unique the cover is. It just pops at you and says, "You ain't seen nothing like me!" And it's true. I've yet to see a cover similar to this one, and I think it will look fantastically refreshing and eye-catching on shelves! Plus, it just captures so much of the book's heart: mystery, beauty, exoticism. They really nailed it! I love that the girl on the cover is composed of negative space; anyone could look at that and see themselves in her place, I think, which is pretty cool.

TCR: What has surprised you the most about the process of taking your story from an idea to a published book? 

JK: It seems every week brings a new surprise! Something that stands out to me is how fully everyone at Penguin has embraced and supported the story from day one. Everyone from editorial to marketing has been so excited about the book, which has really been encouraging to me. Because of their enthusiasm, the book has been rushed through the publication process. I'd always heard you can expect a two year wait between selling a book and seeing it on shelves. Not so here! When it hits shelves, Origin will have been in production for only eleven months--an unusually short waiting time for a novel! It blew me away at how quickly this has all happened. I'm still a little dizzy.

TCR: Where is the best place for readers to stay up to date on you and your books? 

JK: My website, www.jessicakhoury.com, for big news and in-depth information. But for day to day updates, follow my Twitter @jkbibliophile or my Facebook page!

TCR: And what a beautiful website it is! Thanks again, Jessica! I am looking forward to Origin I hope a lot of my readers are as well! 

JK: Thank you so much, Tirzah! There were some great questions--even your vicious ten-word one. ;-) What an honor to be on your blog! =)

Want to know more about Origin? Read on!
"Pia has grown up in a secret laboratory hidden deep in the Amazon rain forest. She was raised by a team of scientists who have created her to be the start of a new immortal race. But on the night of her seventeenth birthday, Pia discovers a hole in the electric fence that surrounds her sterile home--and sneaks outside the compound for the first time in her life. 
Free in the jungle, Pia meets Eio, a boy from a nearby village. Together, they embark on a race against time to discover the truth about Pia's origin--a truth with deadly consequences that will change their lives forever. 
Origin is a beautifully told, shocking new way to look at an age-old desire: to live forever, no matter the cost."
Origin will be out on September 4th, 2012!

1 comment:

Mary Preston said...

ORIGIN does look like a very interesting read.