September 9th, 2009

As You Wish

It's been awhile since I've done a Debs Interview, but today I'm happy to introduce Jackson Pearce, author of AS YOU WISH

About As You Wish

Seven months ago, Viola's boyfriend told her he was gay—moments before she was going to lose her virginity to him. Heartbroken, Viola has resigned herself to near invisibility, until she inadvertently summons a young jinn out of his world, Caliban, and into her own. Here he will remain until she makes three wishes.

Jinn is anxious to get back to Caliban, but Viola is terrified of wishing, afraid her wishes will be manipulated into curses. Jinn knows that should she wait too long, the Ifrit, guardians of earthbound jinn, will press her to wish by hurting those around her.As they spend time together, Jinn can't deny that he's slowly falling in love with Viola, blurring the lines between master and servant. It's only after Viola makes her first wish—for a popular boy to love her—that she realizes the feelings are mutual.

With every wish Jinn's time with her diminishes, but the longer she waits to wish the greater danger she's in from the Ifrit. Together, Viola, Jinn, and Viola's ex-boyfriend try to outwit the Ifrit while dealing with their own romantic complexities and the alcohol-laced high school social scene.

About Jackson Pearce

Jackson Pearce is twenty-four years old and currently lives in Atlanta, Georgia, with a slightly cross-eyed cat and a lot of secondhand furniture. She recently graduated from the University of Georgia with a degree in English and a minor in Philosophy and currently works for a software company even though she auditioned for the circus (she juggled and twirled fire batons, but they still didn't want her). Other jobs she's had include obituaries writer, biker bar waitress, and receptionist.

In addition, Jackson coaches both colorguard and winterguard at a local high school; she's taught over four hundred students since starting six years ago. Coaching provides the greatest "research" for writing YA that she could ever ask for and has introduced her to some of the most unique characters she's ever met.

Jackson began writing when she got angry that the school librarian couldn't tell her of a book that contained a smart girl, horses, baby animals, and magic. Her solution was to write the book herself when she was twelve. Her parents thought it was cute at first, but have grown steadily more concerned for her ever since.

Me: I had the pleasure of meeting Jackson at the Decature Book Festival this weekend and she is spunky and fun! Hi Jackson and welcome!  Can you tell us what competes for your time and how do you manage to give writing the appropriate amount of time it requires?

Jackson: Coaching, the author-side of writing (answering emails, arranging things, etc) and...going out to lunch. But honestly, when I'm really INTO a manuscript nothing can distract me, so it always gets the time it requires.

Me:  What is your writing routine? Do you outline or write as you go? Do you fully sketch and develop your main character initially, or get to know him/her as you write?

Jackson: I outline EVERYTHING, then deviate from it as necessary as I write. I develop some aspects of a character, but they inevitable grow in the first draft. It's the second draft where the outline goes out the window and the stories/characters grow organically, but to GET to that draft, I need an outline.

Me:  What do you particularly love about the setting you portray in your book?

Jackson: It's a setting I know-- average southern suburbs. Underutilized, imo, in a world of books set in NY and LA.

Me: What actor or actress do you imagine playing your main character in a movie or T.V. version of your book?

Jackson: For AS YOU WISH, I imagine Emma Roberts.

Me: Great! Thanks for stopping in and good luck with your debut!
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