Let me introduce you to Jessica.
Jessica A. Kong is an avid reader of all things fantasy, futuristic, and paranormal. When she is not reading or writing, she enjoys puzzles, arts and crafts, crocheting, horror movies, and video games. She created the Sea-anan Saga out of inspiration provided by her love for movies like Star Wars and Deep Space Nine, along with an avid appreciation of romance novels. She makes her home in Somerset, New Jersey, with her loving husband of twenty-two years and their teenaged triplets.
About ‘A Forgotten Kitten’, Jessica Kong’s latest book in her Sea-anan Saga:
Many readers enjoy Star Wars-esque stories of conflict on faraway planets, while other readers tend to stick to epic romances. Few authors have managed to combine the two genres in such a seamless way as Jessica A. Kong has in her Sea-anan Saga. She has created a highly complex story with fully developed characters, and the themes explored here are inarguably adult, yet the reading level required is no more than eighth grade.
A Forgotten Kitten zips along at just the right pace, allowing the reader to digest the complexity of the plot and interrelation between the characters without having to think too hard. The story revolves around Sev, a young, handsome prince and member of a royal family who rises to become king of the Oceanan race. Sev is raised in the midst of a vicious family feud, but all seems worth it when his adoptive aunt gives birth to a beautiful little girl whom Sev falls instantly and irrevocably in love with. But when Sev’s planet collides with its own sun and collapses, he must bear the loss of his entire family, including his love as well as any memory of her.
Areo, the heroine of the story, is that little girl that Sev fell for during his childhood. She is a human-feline hybrid who has grown to hate the royal family that her soul mate hails from. She undergoes a destructive event and space travel episode similar to Sev’s, and it is not too long before she has settled her new planet and with her fellow half-bloods, created a strong, thriving society. When she is brutally attacked by Daehog, everyone in her empire is scattered throughout the universe. Where does she land but the planet that Sev is currently occupying.
What follows is a continually building conflict interlaced with one of the most fervently passionate love stories seen in these kinds of novels. Kong chooses not just to write about space travel, or war, or love, or family, or even racism; instead, she chooses to combine all of these classic literary themes into one amazing story. The result is a mysterious and ultimately deeply satisfying story that only leads to the craving for more from this gifted and astoundingly creative writer.
Reading should always be enjoyable, especially when reading escapist literature, and Kong has remembered this and accomplished it without sacrificing plot or characterization. The task of any science fiction writer is to take alien, unbelievable concepts and present them in a way that convinces the reader they are plausible in reality, and Kong has certainly hit the mark with her second novel in this delightfully mystifying series.
Let’s get down to the interview.
Jessica, what other titles have you written?
I have also self-published a paranormal romance with science fiction elements entitled ‘A Lost Kitten’.
- When did you realize you wanted to create a career from writing?
- I officially decided to start writing 13 years ago, when my kids were two years old, even though, I had tested the waters when I was 16 years old.
What has been the toughest part of your journey? Promotion. I would rather spend my time writing, even editing instead of spending so much time promoting. It’s a necessary evil, I guess. On the upside, I get to meet great new authors, whom I interview and post their replies on my blog Newbies Unite.
What was a funny joke you heard recently?
A lot of the jokes I hear are too dirty to repeat. J
What is your favorite read in 2013?
Oh my gosh, I love the ‘Trauma Junkie’ series. It was filled with sarcasm and plenty of EMS drama. I just love it.
If your book turned into a flick, who would you want to play your main characters?
I already have that taken care of since I use images of real people (either actors/actresses or models) as inspiration when I am writing in a character’s POV. If it’s a model I’m using, then naturally I will love an actor or actress with similar features to play the role. My main characters in ‘A Forgotten Kitten’ are Sev and Areo McCall. The inspiration images are Fabio and Jessica Biel.
Why should we read your book?
My books are not your ordinary romances. I love to mix and match elements into my series–science fiction, fantasy, paranormal, and horror. You just never know which combination you are going to get until you read the story. So for anyone who wants to try something different, pick up one of my books and let me know what you think. J
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Website/ Blog is Newbies Unite: http://www.seaanan.com
Facebook Book Page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-World-of-Sea-ana/462338863811603
Facebook Fan Page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Jessica-Kong/155150417957328
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