Hello readers! Today I got the chance to chat with and interview YA author Jannette Fuller about her debut novel Persuasion, her writing process, and more! Before we begin the interview here’s a quick blurb about her book!
Agent Yagil is a seasoned Guardian Angel, but his newest assignment is going to take every bit of strength and commitment he has.
Seventeen year old Amber Reynolds is looking for freedom and independence from her rigid lifestyle. Going behind her parents’ back, she takes a part-time job at the renowned Inn located within Ambrosial Acres.
As Agent Yagil watches over Amber, he discovers that despite its mysterious beauty, Ambrosial Acres hides a dark and supernatural secret.
Between Amber’s new coworker crushes, her menacing stalker, a mysterious online stranger, and the evil Agents out to lead her down a path of self-destruction, Agent Yagil faces the fight of his career.
Life is all about choices.
Can he help Amber make the right ones, before it’s too late?
Can you tell us about yourself?
I sure can. Let’s see, I’m a wife, a mother, and a grandmother (Granny Cool J.) Although I’m forty-two years old, I’m still way too young to be a grandma. Don’t you think?
As for being a writer, that didn’t happen until my late thirties. I’ll never forget the day when this unexpected passion came over me—it was after I read the entire Twilight Saga by Stephenie Meyer. I was so disappointed that story had finally come to an end, even though it was a happy ending. It was in this moment when I wondered if I could write my own stories.
Seven years later, my debut YA novel (Persuasion) was released on April 29, 2015. It would not have happened without God, and how He sent me a wonderful agent: Vanessa Grossett. I am truly blessed.
Honestly, I’m still in shock about becoming a published author. Reading and writing have never been my top passions: music, dancing, and wanting to bless and help others have always been.
Where did you get your ideas/inspiration from into order to write Persuasion?
The idea came from my fascination concerning the spiritual realm. As a Christian, I do believe in the spiritual war that is happening behind the veil we cannot see.
Every human—no matter what their faith is, or non-faith—has something they struggle with: fear, lying, greed, pride, lust…which can influence our thoughts, emotions, words and deeds. However, not everything we think or do is evil, but it is something we deal with on a daily basis whether we realize it or not.
It’s called spiritual warfare. And a perfect example of this, is what happened in the Garden of Eden when Satan disguised himself as a serpent, telling Eve it was okay to eat from the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil.
What was the hardest scene to write?
Every scene was hard for me to write. Writing and editing was, and still is, the hardest thing I have ever done in my life. Although I made decent grades in English throughout my school years, I never pursued creative writing classes, writing workshops, or anything that would help me to learn and grow in the craft.
In other words, I had no writing background whatsoever.
The way I learned how to write, was by reading on a continual basis, paying attention to all the different writing styles, where commas are supposed to go, how to weave a story together while making sure the plot, and other elements, stay in a consistent flow all the way to the end.
What do you do when you’re not writing?
Unfortunately, nothing glamorous. When I’m not sitting at my computer desk, I’m either cleaning, exercising, enjoying the outdoors with my family, or watching Netflix with my youngest daughter (H2O—Mako Island Mermaids). I’m such a fangirl of this show lol!
But then again, I’m always writing—inside my head. No matter where I am or what I’m doing, ideas are always popping in and out. Which is why I always keep a notebook and pen with me.
What are you reading now?
Right now, I’m currently reading book two in The City of Ember Series—The People of Sparks by Jeanne DuPrau. Book one is amazing, and so far, so is book two. The story is full of mystery and adventure, and Jeanne’s writing style has utterly consumed me, compelling me to turn the pages late at night. I highly recommend reading this series!