I’m super excited to bring to you today an interview with the author, Jus Accardo! She has a lot of books out there, but tomorrow, her latest book will be coming out! To celebrate, we thought we have a good ole Q & A, because there’s nothing better than me grilling innocent authors on their favorite Disney character??? Sha will be reviewing this book shortly, but I had the pleasure of interviewing Jus. Let’s check out her answers!
“A fun YA sci-fi story with a compelling cast of characters.” —Kirkus Reviews on Infinity
Sera is the obsession of a killer chasing a ghost. G is a soldier with too much blood on his hands.
Dylan lost the only person he ever loved—and will stop at nothing to get her back.
In a whirlwind chase that takes them back to where it all started, Sera, G, and Dylan will have to confront their demons—both physical and mental—and each other, in order to win their freedom.
It says in your Goodreads bio that you also became a chef and loved cooking from childhood on. What is your favorite thing to cook? And does cooking ever show up in your books with a particularly delicious description?
It’s funny, but cooking hasn’t really shown up in any of my published books. I do have several food obsessed characters in early books (and one with an almost creepy fascination with professional grade kitchen appliances) but that’s about it. As for my favorite thing to whip up, I’m a SUCKER for a good chicken marsala. Risotto is a close second. Then, of course, there’s always homemade ice cream…
Also, what would be the best food to pair with your new story, Alpha?
Chocolate covered Graham crackers. Don’t ask. I have no reason other than I’m currently obsessed and think they’d make a perfect book snack. I know Noah would approve 😉
You have four different series that vary from new adult to young adult to science fiction to fantasy. What is it like to dive into each different world? Do you have a favorite genre? And could you ever see yourself writing a contemporary?
I think it’s hard to pick a fave because it changes with my mood. Depending on what’s going on in my life depends on where my attention pulls. Is that weird? Right now, it is most definitely fantasy. Elves, dragons, cute, tiny things with wings… 😉 I love being able to have so many options. Each one is like an old friend, ya know? As for contemp, I wrote one (The Rules of Survival) It’s kind of a mystery/thriller new adult. I did love working on it, and adore the characters, but I think my heart really lies in the scifi/fantasy/paranormal realms.
Sera, G, and Dylan all sound like different and complex characters yet they all sound like they are chasing some major demons. Was there a character in this book that you most related with? And was there a character that you enjoyed writing the most?
Honestly, I think I can relate to all of them in some ways because I put a little bit of myself in each one. But the character in the series I related most with is Kori because of the headspace she was in at the start of Infinity. My own mother was diagnosed with cancer right around the time it sold. She’s got some demons stemming from the loss of her mother, and though things turned out differently for my mom, I can totally get where her head was at.
As for who I enjoyed writing the most, it was a tie between Noah and G. Give me a damaged character any day of the week and I’m a happy puppy. They’re both so layered and complicated. Damaged, but not at all broken.
And lastly, since this is Book Princess Reviews, who is your favorite Disney character/princess?
If I go with non-princess, it is always going to be Stitch (only because Toothless isn’t a Disney character) If I go with a princess, then it has to be Merida. She’s stubborn and strong, and when she messes up, she does what she has to set things right.
Rapid Fire Questions
- Name 3 – 5 foods that would describe Alpha perfectly: Rocky road ice cream, candied apples, and a turducken.
- If you could make dinner for any 3 book characters, who would you invite and what would you make? Charley Davidson (The Charley Davidson series by Darynda Jones), Ponyboy Curtis (The Outsiders by S. E. Hinton), and Dancer (The Heavenly Horse from the Outermost West by Mary Stanton). I’d make chicken marsala, roasted carrots (Dancer is a horse, after all…), garlic mashed potatoes, and garlic bread. For dessert it would be tiramisu. God. Now I’m starving…
- If you had could have 3 – 5 characters be on your dream team to confront demons and fight for freedom like in Alpha, who would it be? Rhysand (A court of Thorns and Roses series by Sarah J Maas) Charley Davidson (Charley Davidson series by Darynda Jones), Aelin Ashryver Galathynius (Throne of Glass series by Sarah J Maas), and Hermione Granger (Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling)
About the Author
JUS ACCARDO spent her childhood reading and learning to cook. Determined to follow in her grandfather’s footsteps as a chef, she applied and was accepted to the Culinary Institute of America. But at the last minute, she realized her true path lay with fiction, not food. Jus is the bestselling author of the popular Denazen series from Entangled publishing, as well as the Darker Agency series, and the New Adult series, The Eternal Balance. A native New Yorker, she lives in the middle of nowhere with her husband, three dogs, and sometimes guard bear, Oswald.