Jessica Verday is the New York Times best-selling author of The Hollow trilogy. She wrote the first draft of The Hollow by hand, using thirteen spiral-bound notebooks and fifteen black pens. The first draft of The Haunted took fifteen spiral-bound notebooks and twenty black pens. The Hidden took too many notebooks and too many pens to count. She lives in Goodlettsville, Tennessee, with her husband. You can visit her online at www.jessicaverday.com.
Tell us your latest news? - My latest news is that I’m spending all of my time working on the sequel to OF MONSTERS AND MADNESS (currently titled OF PHANTOMS AND FURY). It’s been so much fun to write, and I’m thrilled that I finally get to reveal all the secrets I’ve been hiding up my sleeve!
If you could have a dinner party with any authors from any time in history, who would you choose and why? - Washington Irving, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and Edgar Allan Poe. I’ve written books based on all of their works so far, and I’d love to get the chance to have dinner with them and see what they think.
What are your current projects? - I’m currently working on another re-telling of a very famous story. I can’t give the subject away just yet, but fingers crossed I’ll be able to spill the beans soon!
What books or authors have influenced your writing? - There are too many to list individually. I generally read across every genre, so I don’t think I could pick out which books or what authors have specifically influenced me. I like to think that I take something away from every single book I read, so I guess they’ve all been an influence on me.
Is there an Author that you would really like to meet? - I would have really liked the chance to meet Washington Irving. From what I’ve learned reading biographies about him and visiting his home, Sunnyside, I think we have a lot in common. He was brilliant at politics, and I would have liked the chance to pick his brain on that matte.
Where do you get your ideas? - Everywhere. From stories on the news to objects that I pick up in antique stores. I had the idea for OF MONSTERS AND MADNESS when I was thinking about all of the dark themes that run throughout Edgar Allan Poe’s works, and I wondered: What if he was inspired by real life events? What if he didn’t just write the stories, he lived them?
Do you ever incorporate yourself into your characters? - While I don’t actively set out to write characters based on myself, bits and pieces tend to slip in because in the end they all come from the same place -- my imagination. I think it’s that way with a lot of writers.
Tell us about your cover. Did you design it yourself? - My fabulous team at Egmont designed the cover for me. They were going for dark and spooky, and I think they DEFINITELY nailed it!