Sunday, September 1, 2013

10 questions Plus 1 for author Jessica Fortunato, author of Sacrifice

Jessica Fortunato

I strive to bring you only the most interesting interviews from around the globe...okay...I bring you interviews from writers who say yes. So, today I get the distinct pleasure of bringing you an interview with an author of whom I have a ton of respect, Jessica Fortunato. Fortunately, she said "yes." Her books are chockful of excitement, but resonate for me long after I read them. I never can wait for one of her books to come out!

You can catch up with all of the Sin Collector stories at the end of this post.

So without further ado, Let's learn a little about Jessica Fortuanto. she's a lot of fun! :)

10+1 questions for Jessica Fortunato, author of The Sin Collector: Sacrifice

Me: Have you ever gone out in public with your shirt on backwards, or your slippers on, and when realizing it, just said screw it?     

Jessica: I’ll do you one better.  I once was locked out of my high school locker room in only my swimsuit, hair towel, and flip-flops.  It had been an accident but there was no one to hear my knocking. Finally, I said screw it, walked to the main office (at the other end of the school) and had to wait for the period change to walk back with everyone else.  After that, I was bulletproof.

Me: So, that event was like when Peter Parker got bit by the radioactive spider? So I’m a swimsuit and a hair towel away from being unassailable! That rocks!  Speaking of hair towels, how often do you wash your hair?

Jessica: Everyday, and that’s just to keep it this mediocre!  If I didn’t, my head would look like one of those matted cats Sarah McLachlan is always singing for.

Me: I always thought it was the matted cats singing to her! You learn something new everyday. In addition to Sarah McLachlan, what are your pet peeves or what are some other interesting things about you that you dislike?

Jessica: I’m generally easy going. Poor spelling really drives me crazy.  I understand it happens every now and again, especially if you’re typing too fast. Yet sometimes I read something and it’s just a mish mash of nonsense, and I just want to say, “Why didn’t Word have your back?! Or was this page full of squiggles and you ignored it? Help me to understand how we got here!”
Oh and I hate when people say ‘supposebly’

Me: I hayte pour spelling two! I hayte Wyrd to. It never has my back! It says it’s always watching over me, supposebly! Anyway, of all of the Gilligan's Island characters, which one are you most like and why?

Jessica: I’ve never watched Gilligan’s Island.  I didn’t like Lost either. *don’t hate me* I was always a Bewitched and an I Dream of Jeannie girl.

Me: Okay…you didn’t like LOST! This interview is over! I’m through!...If you weren’t one of my favorite authors, I would quit this right now. Name one of your favorite things about someone in your family. 

Jessica: I have to say one of my favorite things about my sister is our ability to communicate without talking or with very few words.  In some situations, it can be hard when someone is saying something serious and I KNOW her mind has just gone to the same dark humor cave mine has.  When that happens, we can’t make eye contact. Other times at family gatherings when we play games, we are unbeatable. I can get a show or movie title out of her with just one word.

Me: Hey ask your sister if she can guess this in one word…”Island” All subtlety aside,speaking of deserted islands, Name one thing you cannot live without. 

Jessica: That’s hard but I’d have to say my Mp3 player.  I’ve had the same one for nearly ten years, it has ten years worth of favorite songs on it.  In my opinion, music heals faster than anything else does.  As long as I have my Mp3 player, I have a lifeline and comfort.

Me: Now I have to stop giving you a hard time about LOST. I love music too. For my money, there’s nothing more healing than when Lionel Richie and The Commodores sing “Brickhouse” Of course, he’s barely around anymore.  Which 3 things do you think will become obsolete in the next ten years?

Jessica: Wow, that is difficult.  CDs, DVDs, and snail mail.  The loss of all three makes me sad.

Me: I’m canceling my CD and DVD club right now. CD’s and DVD’s were a big ‘90s thing. What’s your favorite decade?

Jessica: The Jazz Age, 1920’s.  I’m a little bit obsessed with it actually.  I adore the fashion for women, but especially for men.  They don’t seem to make suits (or men) like that anymore.  Prohibition, speakeasies, the music, gangsters, flapper style, it was a time of incredible change in our country and it would have been amazing to be a part of it. 
Me: We have another thing in common. I love the zoot suit and watch fobs. It was definitely a time of change. Everything seemed more fun then. By the way, what was the funniest prank ever played on you?

Jessica: I honestly can’t think of anything. I don’t really know any pranksters. 
Me: Ok then…. I guess you don’t count this interview. Anyway, what’s is your motto in life?

Jessica: “Fake it till you make it.” Confidence is a huge part of making it through the day.  There have been plenty of days when I was so depressed I didn’t think I could get out of bed.  In those instances, I’ll watch YouTube vids of Caroline Forbes kicking ass until I feel like I could kick ass too.  Video’s of J.K. Rowling relating how she wrote half of Harry Potter on free diner napkins.  I pretend I can get up, I pretend I can write a book, I pretend I kick ass, and before I know it…I am.
Plus one
·         Me: Oh yeah! What is your book about in your own words, not from your blurb

Jessica: Sacrifice is about, well sacrifice. Lily and her family are trying to survive in a world where they are suddenly and methodically being hunted.  Collectors and Castus, it’s no longer a myth or a matter of belief.  It’s the beginnings of a holy war in many respects.   It’s very much a love story, but not in the traditional stereotypical love triangle.  It touches on the many aspects of adoration from lovers, to parents and children, to friends, even to loving yourself.  To sacrifice is to offer up something precious, not knowing if in the end you’ll get anything back.  In that way, many people would think of it as a very negative thing. However, I’ve always thought of it as a significant measure of love and grace.  I hope that (aside from the twists and turns) people take that from the story.  

  Me: I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for doing this interview and for being a good sport. Your book is fantastic and I can’t wait for folks to get their hands on it! Thanks again!

The Sin Collector
Thomas  (Free Aug 30th- September 3rd)
The Sin Collector: Sacrifice

Synopsis of Sacrifice:
As an immortal Sin Collector, Liliana lead a transient life of solitude for over one-hundred years. 

Now with a growing family, she has found herself liking normalcy and the façade of being human.  However, when old friends begin to turn up dead, it is clear Collectors are not safe.  The battle that Liliana thought she’d won, has only just begun.

She must save herself, her family, and her friends from the Castus, a fanatical group sworn to eradicate her kind. 

As Liliana travels the globe making allies, and discovering secrets, she soon learns that the threat to her safety is closer than she ever thought possible.

Jessica Fortunato lives in Pittsburgh PA with her family, a clumsy black cat, and year round Halloween decorations.

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