Hi guys! Today we have one of my favorite authors of all-time: Jennifer Brody! She is the author of The Continuum Trilogy, and I’ve loved her books so much! I hope you’ll enjoy this interview!
1. Congrats that your new book “Return of the Continuums,” the second book in “The Continuum Trilogy,” just released! In your own words, what is the series about?
The series begins with an event called The Doom that destroys the surface of the Earth, rendering it uninhabitable for 1000 years. Before that happens, humans are evacuated to colonies located in three different environments—underwater deep in the ocean trenches, underground, and in outer space, including a Mars colony. They’re supposed to go into exile for 1000 years and then return to the Surface to restart life on Earth. Though not everything has gone as planned… (no spoilers!). In the first book, we track Myra, who is an Engineering pledge in the underwater Thirteenth Continuum that has fallen into a dark age, and Aero, a soldier in a space colony called the Second Continuum that’s a military colony. They both must find a way back to Earth.
2. Why do you like writing? When did you first have a love for writing, and how was it formed?
I think my love of writing began with my love of reading. I’m a voracious reader and always was as a kid. Writing is almost like reading, except it’s Choose Your Own Adventure. You get to shape the story. I aim to give readers the experience of being transported to another world that I love so much as a reader myself.
3. Who are your favorite authors? Who has affected your writing style?
I actually thank a lot of them in the acknowledgements of Return of the Continuums! I have so many favorites. This book was very influenced by J.R.R. Tolkien and Jules Vernes’ 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. And James Cameron’s classic film The Abyss. I’m also love Anne Rice, Stephen King, Neil Gaiman, J.K. Rowling, and Clive Barker. As an early reader, I loved Edgar Rice Burroughs’ John Carter Mars books, Tamora Pierce, and Anne McCaffrey’s dragonrider series. I could on and list a thousand books!
4. What is your favorite genres to read and write? What are you favorite books?
Science fiction! Without question, it’s my favorite genre to write. See above for favorite books! I have so very many. I also love fantasy and horror, but haven’t written them yet.
5. What do you do when you’re not writing? Is writing a part-time or a full-time job for you?
I also teach creative writing for a school here in LA called the Writing Pad, both in person classes in the Arts District downtown and online starting next year. I’m a volunteer mentor with the Young Storytellers Foundation where I teach writing screenplays to kids and I run BookPod, a large online authors group. Writing and teaching are my full time jobs. When I’m not working, I like to binge Netflix and hang out with my dog Commander Ryker.
6. I’m now starting to edit and film videos as a hobby, and it would be awesome if one day I could work on a real set! How was it like working on movies like the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy? What movies or films have you worked on, and which one did you enjoy the most?
I actually find movie sets boring! I know, I know … there’s a lot of sitting around actually. I loved working more behind the scenes on development—acquiring books and scripts, developing the story, attaching the director and cast. LOTR is obviously a huge highlight. My boss was the Executive Producer at the movie studio. I’m also proud of working on The Texas Chainsaw Massacre remakes (love horror movies). I also produced a film called Make It Happen. It’s a teen dance film starring Mary Elizabeth Winstead.
7. Which Continuum would you live in and why?
The Second Continuum!!! I want to live in outer space so bad. I think it’s my Star Trek obsession.
8. If you were put in charge of your own Continuum, where would it be and what will it be like?
We would probably watch a lot of movies and read a lot of books! But seriously, I’d love for it to be like the Enterprise in Star Trek: TNG. Technically advanced, peaceful, and aimed at exploring the universe.
9. Who was your favorite character to write?
I write in multiple points of view, so there are so many I love to write! Aside from Myra and Aero, I love Wren so very much. Seeker, who comes in the second book, was extremely challenging but also very rewarding. I’m also a big fan of Tinker and Maude. Starting in ROC, I write Jonah, Myra’s father, and he was actually really fun. Going into The United Continuums (Book 3), I got into the old Forger/the Foundry more.
10. Are you excited for the film adaption of “The Continuum Trilogy”? Can you give us any information on it? Is it going to give the book any justice?
Starting next year, I’m working with my agency (ICM—one of the big 5 talent agencies) to hopefully package them with a writer and/or director. So we’re looking for the right person to adapt them for the screen. I don’t know if it will be for TV or film yet, but I feel confident that we will find the right path.
11. How did you feel when “The 13th Continuum” received a Moonbeam Children’s Book Award?
I was in shock! I didn’t even know I was up for any awards, then someone tweeted me congrats. So I wasn’t sure if it was real. I called my publisher right away—and they were like—oh, that’s real! It was very validating, especially since like all writers, I faced a lot of rejection along the way. But to see that so many people are reading and loving my book (that don’t even know me) has been a dream come true.
12. What other works have you written? What are you currently working on?
The United Continuums—the third book—will officially publish on July 11, 2017! So we’re still putting the finishing touches on the manuscript to get it ready for publication. I’m starting to work on my next book, which will be a brand new story. I’ve fallen in love with an idea and I’m seeing where it takes me. The book will be YA science fiction with slightly older characters (18 years old) and have a lot of military and outer space elements.
13. Do you have any tips to recommend to aspiring writers?
Yes, read a lot! Read your heart out! And write a lot. Take classes with great instructors (this is part of why I teach—I love working with other writers). Workshop your writing and meet other writers. They’re your people. And don’t give up when the going gets rough. This is a job that rewards perseverance and tenacity.
Thank you so much, Jennifer, for coming onto our blog!
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