Time for another author spotlight: introducing Jessica Keefe!
1. Tell us a little about yourself.
21, a mother, a wife, a nap time novelist. My life revolves around the
cutest 18 month old in the world who thinks I am the world. I never
realized how much I could mean to someone until my son was born. He
relied on me for everything. Food, entertainment, comfort, love, warmth,
safety, anything and everything he could think of a thousand other
things he couldn't. I'm pretty normal though. I watch Duck Dynasty and
play Candy Crush Saga, much to my husband's chagrin, since he thinks
it's a stupid game even though he's downloaded it too. I tend to read a
lot of historical fiction despite my inability to write it myself. My
two favorite authors are J.K. Rowling and Philippa Gregory. Through
their books I have learned so much about myself and what a good novel
looks like. Though we write different genres I hope to one day have an
ounce of the amazing talent they do.
2. When did you start writing, and why?I
started reading Harry Potter in sixth grade. During the summer before
seventh I was sad that the next novel in the series wasn't out yet, so I
spent two months writing fanfiction. I didn't even know what
fanfiction was at that point, but that didn't stop me from writing an
multi-thousand word epic about Draco Malfoy and Ginny Weasley. After
that I couldn't stop myself. I continued writing fanfiction until I
realized that I could create my own characters and my own world and make
them do whatever I wanted. That was it for me. That was all I needed. I
haven't stopped writing since.
3. What do you write, and why? What do you enjoy about what you write?
have primarily written Christian romance fiction, including one little
fic-let that I actually started and finished in November 2009. The
Deceiver is my first attempt at another genre that has been
overwhelmingly successful. I don't read much science fiction myself, but
I've been told that I'm tapping into that genre, dystopia, and
cyberpunk; three areas I've barely touched the surface of as a reader. I
enjoy writing it though because it's powerful, people can relate to a
world that has gone so far in the opposite direction of Utopia that it
might just mimick the direction our own world is going.
4. What is your latest book? Any forthcoming books?The
Deceiver will be my first published book and with the ending already
in mind I know that it will have at least one sequel, perhaps even two
or three. As a reader I like to read series books because I get to
follow the characters through multiple adventures. I'm not going to
extend The Deceiver just to continue it, it honestly needs at the very
least a second book, but I'm glad that I will get to satisfy other
readers who feel the same way as I do about series novels.
5. "Welcome To My Worlds": Tell us a little about the world of your latest book.
years ago a nuclear war between the countries destroyed a third of
Earth. Scientists and NASA had been sending people to the moons of
Jupiter for years. It was decided in the following decade that since
Earth was no longer liveable that they would need to terraform another
700 years later they now inhabit three planets
referred to as the Triad Of Existence: Sagan-101, Hades-4, and
Enovia-23. At birth newborns are tested for their potential. Your
potential is decided by a series of tests run by a machine that then
sorts you in one of nine levels. Levels 1-3 are the lower class. They
have minimal ambition and are extremely dependent on the other two
triads. They live on Sagan-101, a planet that's mostly ice and covered
in snow. Levels 4-6 are the middle class. They are your average men and
women, not destined for great things, but capable of taking care of
themselves. They live on Hades-4, a planet populated by volcanoes and
in a state of what constant summer would be like. Levels 7-9 are the
upper class. They are people of superior intelligence, ambition,
strength, and possess all the skills it takes to survive on their own.
They live on Enovia-23, a planet made mostly of water that relies
heavily on the technology that keeps their man-made islands from
sinking. Earth is a prison state now. The only people who live on its
surfaces are criminals, which is a major plot point in the novel.
not even half of what makes The Deceiver what it is. There's a tattoo
engraved on each person's wrist that taps into your limbic system,
reporting back to a database of computers your thoughts, emotions,
memories, and location. It's used as a way to keep track of every human
among the Triad Of Existence as well as keep tabs on the population
And then there's the Triad Of Colors, a cluster of three
brightly colored pills that the government created and perfected to
keep the masses in line. One that regulates heart rate and blood
pressure, making the taker more calm and attentive. One that dulls the
extremes of negative emotions and brings your amygdala levels back to a
place of normalcy. And one that damages the hippocampus, usually used
to distort short term memories so that they are unable to be
There's a lot going on within The Deceiver, but it works.
6. Introduce us to some of your characters. What do you like about them?Elia
Davenport - She's my fiery red head and the reason behind the title of
the story. Deceivers are a job in the new world and she's one of the
chosen. Unfortunately she's been relegated to escort duty because of an
incident on Hades-4. I love her because she's strong and confident and
intelligent. But then she's also manipulative and secretive and always
hiding something or another. She's a treasure trove of secret thoughts
and bended rules.
Colton Bishop - He's one of the heroes. He
lives full-time on Hades-4 as a representative of the Enovia-23
government. A charming, self-effacing man who loved his mother as only a
child deeply devoted to his parents can. He trusts easily, but is
afraid of breaking the rules of the realm. Unfortunately he has a
Pandora's box of secrets that is just waiting to be opened. For a man
who doesn't like to break the law, he sure does have a knack for it.
Davenport - Our villain and the father of Elia. He's the reigning
general of Enovia-23, a position much like president, but he rules over
all three of the planets, not just the one he lives on. His greatest
plans are for the Triad Of Colors. He has always liked what they do, but
he wants to push them further. Rebels have been popping up for
decades, never doing much, but always disturbing the peace. Elric wants
the pills to have a bigger hold on the people. And some people, a
select few, are terrified of what that means and will do anything to
7. A fun fact you would like your readers to know about you or your book.
I don't know what to talk about, I talk about pie. Or cheesecake. It's
a wonder I am not fatter because of my obsession with both. The way to
my heart is sugary goodness. I even gave that quality to one of the
mothers in my novel.
8. Blog/site link, and where your book is available.The Deceiver is set to be published this December. You can find the Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/thedeceiver.jkeefe.
That's where I've been publishing excerpts, general musings about the
novel, and accompanying images to set the tone. You can also follow my
blog here: http://jessicakeefe.wordpress.com/. It's both about my personal life and my professional life. Because honestly, I'm not one without the other.