I’m delighted to be hosting Jenna Greene in my hot seat today who is chatting to us about her new YA fantasy novel, Reborn.
Find out Jenna’s inspiration, her characters and more. Enjoy.
Those who bear marks on their skin are doomed to a life of slavery. Lexil has seven.
Sold into servitude, Lexil must deal with brutal punishments, back-breaking labor, and the loss of every freedom. When a young child she has befriended faces a horrible fate, Lexil must intervene to protect her, no matter what the risk.
With the help of a boy named Finn, the trio flee into the Wastelands. There, they must evade those who hunt them while trying to survive a barren landscape. Lexil must face challenges she’s never imagined existed, all while learning what it means to truly be reborn.
The Red Queen meets The Hunger Games in this stunning new release.
Buy REBORN now to find out if being branded a reborn is a myth, a curse… or a destiny.
Hi Jenna, welcome to Jera’s Jamboree.
Please summarise Reborn in 20 words or less.
In Lexil’s society, those with marks on their skin are lesser citizens, destined to be slaves. Lexil has seven marks.
What was the idea/inspiration for your novel?
Some of it was inspired by my freckles, the rest was influenced by my mom’s illness and passing.
Can you share with us anything about your characters?
Lexil is the main character. At age sixteen, memory marks appear on her skin, which marks her as a reborn. Her older brother sells her into slavery. Having raised her infant brother from infancy, she shows her nurturing side when she does her best to protect a young girl from the harsh realities of slavery.
Ceera is five. She is enthusiastic, innocent, and playful. She doesn’t understand why things in the world have to be as they are.
Finn is a double-born. He works on a Wilik plantation. He is a dreamer, with aspirations for his future, but lacks the bravery to see his goals through.
How do your characters come into existence Jenna? Do they have a bio?
They are usually aspects of myself or people I know. The main character, Lexil, is inspired by a student I taught five years ago, who didn’t know her abilities, or her strength, even though she had a hundred remarkable qualities.
If you could choose to be one of your characters?
I’d love to be Ceera. She still has the innocence of the world.
What one piece of advice would you give to your characters before the opening pages of the book …
You are more powerful than you realize. You have strength.
What scene did you enjoy writing the most Jenna?
The scenes I enjoyed most were the moments of quiet introspection that Lexil has, where she realizes what she knows and what she is capable of.
… and the hardest?
As this book is about the harsh realities of slavery, there were many difficult scenes to write. When characters experience situations that make them realize the unfairness of the world, or the limitations that exist in changing it, are challenging moments.
If your book is part of a series, what is in the future?
This book is the first in a new series. I am currently working on the sequel, which will be titled RENEW.
Do you have a most creative time of day?
I think I’m most creative in the evenings, when the busy work of the day is finished. There’s no more work, bills, chores, or anything to worry about until tomorrow. I can take a bath, relax, and then write in the quietness of a day winding down.
Panster or plotter?
I’m a bit of both. Honestly, it depends on the project. Some books practically write themselves, flowing onto the page from my fingers as the ideas hit my brain. Others take a bit more planning and take their own, separate journey.
Do you have a favourite book?
While I adore 1984 and Pride and Prejudice, my favourite novel is The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle by Avi. It has the richest character development of any book I’ve ever read. The main character, Charlotte, experiences new events and realizes that she can make choices about her life.
Do you think movie adaptations do books justice? Do you have a favourite?
Sometimes they do. I love the Harry Potter adaptations, as well as The Lord of the Rings adaptations. Of course, I prefer books, as they have so much more to offer.
What are you reading now?
I’m reading Vanishing Acts by Jodi Picoult. Mainly, I read YA, so it’s a nice change of genre.
Do you make use of local resources for promoting your book?
I do! I guest speak at the local writing group, the River Bottom Writers. While I have signings at Chapters, I also adore appearances at the local used book store, Big John’s Books.
What has been the best part of your writing journey so far?
Growing as a writer. Discovering my style as a writer, and knowing how far I’ve come and how far I still can go.
… and the worst?
Editing. Always editing.
Finally, are there any tips you could share with new writers?
Write. Just write. Don’t worry about it all being good. Some of it will be, some of it won’t, but that doesn’t matter. Every word you put on a page will help you become a better writer.
Thank you for being my guest today. Wishing you success with all your writing projects Jenna.
Jenna Greene is the author of the acclaimed Young Adult Fantasy series, Imagine!
She is a middle school teacher, dragonboat coach, enthusiastic dancer, and semi-professional napper.
She lives in Lethbridge, Alberta with her husband (Scott), daughter (Olivia), and dog (Thor, dog of thunder).
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