Describe your book in five words or less.
Action-packed, surprising, sweet, and sexy.
How did the ideas for your books come to you?
I get my ideas from anywhere and everywhere. Watching paint dry to walking my dogs. If you pay attention, inspiration really is everywhere. The idea for TOUCH came to me while sitting on line waiting for coffee!
Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
Stand up for what you believe is right. Sure, Kale is hot and Dez is drawn to him, but really, she starts out helping him because it's the right thing to do.
What is the hardest part of writing for you? What's the easiest?
There aren't many parts of writing that I'd really consider hard. If I had to pick one though, I'd say writing the blurbs. I've always sucked at summarizing an entire book in several short paragraphs. As for the easiest? Probably coming up with the actual ideas. Like I said, inspiration is everywhere if you pay attention--and my brain is like a random idea generator. I've got files of ideas just waiting for attention.
What's next for you? Are you currently working on or have plans for future projects?
I'm about to start work on the third book in the Denazen series. I also signed a contract with Entangled for a new YA series set for 2013. It's very exciting!
Why did you choose to write for specific genre?
I think it's mostly because I love it. Give me dark creepy crawlies and strong characters with jaded pasts and major issues set in a paranormal world, and I'm a happy puppy.
What's it like hearing that readers are eagerly awaiting your book's release date?
it's actually pretty surreal--and totally a dream come true. The response to TOUCH (and people awaiting TOXIC) gives me warm fuzzies!
What is one question that you've always wanted to be asked in an interview? How would you answer that question?
Hmm... Not sure. Something quirky, though. Different. I'm a huge Warcraft junkie, so maybe something like, if you were stuck in Azaroth for 24 hours, what would you do? The answer? I'd wanna smack Jaina Proudmoore around. For some reason, she's always irritated me!
What was your road to publication like?
When I really stop to think about it, I'd have to say, quick. I hear about people who work for years, querying book after book, trying to get someone's attention. Really, for me, it only took a little over a year. That's insane when you think about it.
Before TOUCH, I queried another book and got no where. No bites, no interest. Only form reject after form reject. I decided to try again, wrote TOUCH, and snagged an agent two months after starting to send it out. It was only seven months after that, that I signed a contract with Entangled. It was luck. I just happened to get it in front of the right people at the right time.
Jus Accardo is the author of YA paranormal romance and urban fantasy ﬁction. A native New Yorker, she lives in the middle of nowhere with her husband, three dogs, and sometimes guard bear, Oswald. Her ﬁrst book, Touch, is due out in November 2011 from Entangled Publishing.
She is represented by Kevan Lyon of Marsal Lyon Literary Agency.
Here are Purchase links for Touch:
Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/touch-jus-accardo/1105812249
Book Depository: http://www.bookdepository.com/Touch-Jus-Accardo/9781937044459
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