Friday, August 21, 2009

Interview and Giveaway: Jess C. Scott author of EyeLeash: A Blog Novel

Today Jess C. Scott, author of the book EyeLeash: A Blog Novel, is joining us for an interview and a great giveaway!

Hi! Welcome to Beth's Book Review Blog! It's great to have you here today! Thank you for taking the time to join us and answer some questions.

Congratulations on your first book, EyeLeash, being published! Can you tell us a little bit about it?

Jess: Thank you! EyeLeash is a contemporary, coming-of-age blog/IM novel. It’s written from the point-of-view of Jade Ashton, a sassy virgin. Logic flies out the window when she meets Novan: the former geek, who's morphed into a delicious songwriter-musician. They decide to be "friends-with-benefits"—but it's Novan, with his poems and riddling passages on his own blog—that backs out. EyeLeash captures self-discovery in the 2000s, and showcases the colorful, intricate drama in two youths’ relentless search for themselves—and what’s really in their hearts.

Beth: What is the significance of the title?

Jess: Basically, it’s to do with being hooked on (a person’s) looks and/or external appearance. Hence the word: eye-leash [there’s also a poem of the same title in the book, which is quite pivotal to the plot ;)].

Beth: What is the main message you want readers to take away from the book?

Jess: I think reader interpretation is more important than author intent (meaning everyone is free to derive whatever message they want from the book). That being said, I wanted to explore the whole concept of being true to, and honest with, oneself. Even if it means stepping into “controversial” territory.

Beth: If your book was made into a movie, who would you most like to have play your main character, Jade?

Jess: An as-yet undiscovered actress who relates to Jade, and really understands what she goes through in the book.

Beth: I hear you're already at work on your fourth novel! Can you give us a sneak peek?

Jess: Sure—here’s an excerpt. This is from the first draft – the final draft might look very different from this.


“That’s really pretty,” Chester remarks. His gaze is on the same sculpture I’m looking at. It’s a white sculpture called Kiss, by Rodin. Two lovers are locked in an embrace.

“Mmm,” I utter. I’m looking at the right hand of the man in the sculpture. His hand is on the woman’s thigh. That must feel so nice. Even though the statue is inanimate, there’s a pulsating energy that seems to be coming from it.

We see another painting titled Lancelot and Guinevere, by Herbert James Draper. Both Guinevere and Lancelot look like they are falling helplessly in love together.

“Guinevere catches sight of Lancelot for the first time,” Chester says, reading the information sheet beside the beautiful oil painting.

For no good reason, I find myself fantasizing yet again. Oh my goodness.

It’s a combination of the sculpture and this painting I’m looking at. It’s the hot guy I saw yesterday, and me, and he’s looking all chivalrous as this knight on a white horse, and we’d be under a willow tree, locking lips like the two lovers in the sculpture. His hand would be on my thigh and I’d let him leave it there for as long as he wanted.


Beth: Do you have any special writing routines? Do you always write in the same place at the same time of day?

Jess: I like having chocolate around...I like being left alone while writing too. Some music in the background is okay—I usually start zoning out anyway, if I’m very focused on a particular part of a story/book.

Beth: I'm always curious about what other people are reading. What are you reading now?

Jess: Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart, and Sun Tzu's The Art of War—I have a whole bunch of other material in my “to-read” pile........

Beth: And finally, do you have a favorite book of all time?

Jess: It’s always a tough fight between Edgar Allan Poe’s and Oscar Wilde’s collected works!

About Jess:

Jess C Scott is an ambitious, 22-year-old writer/artist/non-conformist.

She reads, writes, loves, lives, and throws herself whole-heartedly into experiences. It is her modus operandi for storytelling.

Jess is getting ready to launch her second book, a short story collection, in Fall 2009.

Thank you so much to Jess for joining us today! If you'd like to pick up a copy of her book EyeLeash: A Blog Novel, click the cover image below.


Jess has generously sent me three ebook copies of her book
EyeLeash: A Blog Novel
to give away to three lucky readers!

To enter see below:

Contest runs from August 22, 2009 to 11:59 PM EST September 5, 2009. Winners will be announced September 6, 2009. Open worldwide to anyone with an e-mail address!

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Pam said...

I'm eager to read the poem now to further understand the significance of the title. I have to admit this is a new term for me.

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Already following you

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I Heart Book Gossip said...

+1 I learned that Jess likes to have chocolate around when she write.

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Susan Helene Gottfried said...

No need to enter me, Beth. I'm dropping in to say thanks for the e-mail. I've got this posted at Win a Book for you.

Jessica said...

The Art of War nice choice. Theres a book I need to read myself. Please count me in for the giveaway. Thanks.

rubymoon said...

I'd really like to read Jess's book. I think exploring romance in this new millennium would be interesting. I also love chocolate! I like how Jess shared about the mindful environment she needs to be able to write!

Thanks for the entry/chance!

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rubymoon said...

I already Follow you! (Ally/rubymoon)

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