I recently had the opportunity to interview Jessica Albee and this is what she had to say about her first book The Daughter of Fate.
It started with Death and Creation. It ended with Death. A young woman’s fate entangled with the fate of the most unlikely of men. Recent college grad Mackenzie Blake finds herself in a unique predicament when her grandfather tells her she bears the power of a fate. Anything she writes will come to past. Learning about her family and her past, she soon finds herself on the run from all sorts of creatures and people, including a handsome charming man by the name of Father Gabriel Vella. What happen when a priest, who fails to kill a heretic, meets a young woman desperate to survive? What happens when the supernatural collides with the real and the two pair up? Can the two of them survive when the rest of the world is against them?
How long have you been writing? How long did it take to write your book? And what motivated you to write it?
Officially I started writing when I was in 7th grade. One of my favorite things to write was fan fiction. It took probably almost a year to write my book. A table top role-play game between me and my husband and a good friend inspired this book. This book is loosely based on a particular game session.
Is it a stand-alone novel or part of a series? If it’s part of a series, how did you decide to make it a series? How long will the series run?
This book will be part of a series. I decided to turn this into a series when the first one ended and things were left unexplained. Also that I had more ideas for things to happen. Characters that were connected but whose story was finished. It will be a trilogy. The second will be “the son of time and the third will be ” the child of death”.
Do any of your characters have secrets you can share with our readers?
I suppose I could hint that Elliot and Kendra are not what they seem. I could also tell the readers that Michael is very important but as to why would ruin the book. Otherwise there’s not much I can tell you without giving things away.
If you were to be offered a movie deal, who would you like to see play the main characters? And why?
I had already thought this through actually. I would have Jim Caviezel play Gabriel Vella and Karen Gillan play Mackenzie Blake. Other than the obvious reasons, those are who popped in my head when writing the chars; they work well. Mackenzie is a small red head from Ireland (even though Gillan is Scottish) and Gabriel is a tall lean man with a decent height difference. Also other than I love their acting another big thing is the obvious age difference. Mackenzie is 20 years younger than Gabriel so I want it to be believable.
Describe your writing process. Do you outline, create rough synopses, do you do detailed biographies of the characters before starting to write?
Well I didn’t outline at first, I simply started writing, but not in any order. I wrote whatever scenes came to my head. I had probably fifteen to twenty separate documents with scenes written. After that I wrote detailed bios of each char, I actually have them up on a website but I don’t share it anymore because I don’t want spoilers. I then wrote out each event on a note card and put them in some kind of order. Though it was more trial and error than anything.
What didn’t you mention in the synopsis that you can reveal here?
There’s not much out of the synopsis that I can’t reveal here because it would give some details away that could ruin the book. I wish there was. Let me think. The only thing I can reveal that’s not in the synopsis, is the age difference between Kenzie and Gabriel. There’s a huge one, about twenty years and it is actually rather important.
Describe where you do your writing.
As weird as this sounds I do my writing anywhere. I used to do it on napkins and scrap paper when I worked retail, but not I do it most on my tablet when I’m work .I work a night job 11pm to 7am so I do a lot of writing on my tablet and if I don’t have my tablet again it will go down on scrap paper or if I’m not at my laptop in a notebook. I have a notebook and a half of ideas for this book.
If you had to do the experience of writing your work over, would you still write it? Would you change it? How?
I would not want to start over. I would still love to write it. I would change it a bit as I would make it longer. I made this book shorter than I wanted to, but I think other than that, I would keep it the same. Though maybe add a bit more detail, explain a few more things, but that’s okay. It was my first real finished writing.
How did you choose the title?
The title of the book was actually quite easy to pick. Anyone born to the fates is known as the daughters of fate. Well since Kenzie is the last of the fate’s descendants (though a granddaughter). It made more sense to call her a daughter of fate rather than a granddaughter. Also the main title: The children of fate series will be an indicator that there are more than one child of fate.
Who were the authors that influenced you? What about them and their style appeals to you?
Authors such as Lara Adrian and Stephen King influenced me. Also some writings by Niccolo Machiavelli as weird as it is. I honestly couldn’t tell you what made them so influential to me, just that something about them made me like them. Lara Adrian just knows how to tell a good story, Stephen King knows how to capture an audience and I just admire the sarcasm in Machiavelli’s writing.
How much literary license do you take with your stories? Do you create fictional locations? Do you use real locations, with some fictionalizing or do you stick very close to the actual setting? Why?
I didn’t create fictional locations. It takes place over the course of many different countries, starting in Ireland, Kenzie was born to places such as Italy and France and even Boston at one point. I didn’t change any locations except maybe adding in the names of buildings. I made up a night club, but that was about it. I did not make up names of cities or countries.
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