The Author: Jade Frances
Jade Frances caught the writing bug as a teenager and hasn’t looked back since. After years of writing for pleasure, she’s finally ready to share her storytelling with the world.
As an avid reader and fan of YA fantasy, she looks forward to publishing her own tales filled with adventure. These days, beyond chasing after two children and dreaming up new novel ideas, Jade enjoys cooking, travelling, and exploring the picturesque views in and around her surburban River Tay, Scotland home.
The Book: Siren Calls (The rise of Ares, Book One)
A search for answers. A long-held secret. A call to destiny.
Evangeline is an orphan, with no memory of her life before she ended up in a children’s home. Now, she is free in the world with a burning desire to solve the mysteries of her past.
With more questions than answers, she begins to unravel the truth. What she finds teaches her not only who, but what she is and catapults her into the lives of The Gifted.
Before she can fully grasp her new powers, she must remain under the radar, and out of the clutches of those who have been hunting her. The Veil, an unyielding magic cult, who want nothing more than to use her to conquer and rule. At least that’s what she’s been told.
Will Evangeline embrace her birthright to save herself, avert The Veil and the fight for ultimate power?
And Coming Soon: Siren Dreams (The Rise of Ares, Book Two)
You can’t escape reality, when your enemies haunt your dreams.
All her life Evangeline dreamed of finding her purpose. Now that she has, she is certain that she doesn’t want to fulfil it. Especially not when it could tip the scales in the war that’s brewing between The Gifted.
Evangeline must travel to the Fae communities to convince them that, although there is darkness within her, she is on the side of light. Tensions rise, trust is betrayed and those closest to her might not have her best interests at heart. The very darkness that she wields, seeps its way into her dreams throughout her travels. This time, someone new enters them. Someone that seems to be trying to communicate with her.
Is it a warning of danger to come, or simply an unending memory of her failure to rid the world of The Veils leader?
The Review: 4/5 stars!
Siren Calls is the first book that I have read in a long time that manages to take a well known trope and spin it so fast you have no clue as to where you will end up.
I love that Jade Frances was able to put new, and interesting life into a ya fantasy story.
You go in thinking you know how the story will unfold, like so many others in this genre lately, and figure out early on that you have no idea!
Her MC isn’t the typical ‘girl thinks she’s normal, finds out she’s magic and is suddenly a superstar.’ Character cliché – She’s believable in that she struggles to find herself, to control her new found power, and find her place in an overturned world.
We are given a mystery, a puzzle to solve: Who can she trust? who’s out to get her – and why? You have to keep reading, and following along to get to the bottom of it – just like Evvy does!
There’s a lot of my favorite monsters/magic/ hunter vs hunted themes in this book, and the story builds to leave you wanting more.
I enjoyed the backstories of some of the supporting characters, and it was fascinating to see the interactions between them as Evvy blunders her way through.
I’m honestly so intrigued to see where Jade takes this world she has created, and will be keeping my eyes out for release day for Siren Dreams.
What is the most surprising thing you discovered while writing your book?
I think the most surprising thing I discovered was my creativity, I never really thought I could write an entire novel let alone enjoy doing it and having it as an escape.
Can you share with us something about the book that isn’t in the blurb?
I think my first book has quite a dark feel to it, a bit of childhood trauma seeps into the theme, although this may only be noticeable in the prologue.
Does one of the main characters hold a special place in your heart? If so, why?
One of my characters Adam holds a very deep place in my heart, he is quite broken and has a very deep way of viewing events that have taken place in his life. Adam is based on a very dear friend of mine who unfortunately took his life three years ago.
What was the inspiration for the story?
I started this when I was seventeen, my parents had moved me to a new town, 600 miles away from my friends. I felt quite alone and unsure of myself. Those feelings inspired the premise of the story.
What is the key theme and/or message in the book?
It is a book of feeling lost and alone, and a self-journey. One in which so many people can relate to, I guess the message would be – life is what you make it. If you want answers seek them, if you have no family then create one with those you hold dear. Family is not just blood.
What is the significance of the title?
The title came to me quite easily, I took the main characters ‘magical being’ and knew she would have a call to destiny. There was born Siren Calls.
What is the future for the characters? Will there be a sequel?
The future is very sketchy for the characters as it will span over three books. Book two is available and book three will be out before christmas. My main character has a lot of self discovery and choices to make in her future.
What were the key challenges you faced when writing this book? What was the highlight of writing this book?
My key challenge was deciding where I wanted the story to go and how to do it justice in the ending. The highlight was, it gave me an escape. A retreat into a world that I had total control over. Where my imagination could run free and rules didn’t exist.
Where do you draw inspiration from?
My children inspire me every day. I look at their beautiful little faces and the innocence within them, it reminds me of my youth and how magical everything was at their age. They are the reason I write fantasy.
Who is your favorite author, and why?
Oh this is a tough one, I don’t think I have a particular favourite! If I had to choose, I really enjoyed Richelle Mead- The Vampire Academy Series. (Who doesn’t need a Dimitri right?)
What are you reading now?
I have just finished The Assassin’s Daughter by Shana Vernon! Great read! And now I’m stuck on what to read next!
Favorite book/story you have read as an adult, and what was your favorite book when you were a kid?
Favourite as an adult has to be… Jeffrey Archer- Kane and Abel. When I was a kid… Enid Blyton- any of the famous five!
What do you like to do when you are not writing?
I adore spending time with my children, me and my eldest loved watching a Series of Unfortunate Events! (We need a new series now). My youngest just likes bossing me about. Other than that, I love cooking! And travelling to new places, my last destination was Morocco.
What advice would you give a new writer, someone just starting out?
Push your doubts aside and get those words on paper. A blank page won’t sell itself, have faith in your writing and put it out there for the world to read. You will always get negative comments, but the positives outweigh them and you will feel so proud of yourself.
How do you handle writer’s block?
I have been lucky enough that I haven’t quite hit a bad spell of writer’s block. I have struggled a few days, but I just switch off and take some time for self care and family. Then I go back to it with a fresh and revitalised mind.
What, in your opinion, are the most important elements of good writing?
Have a good plot! Organisation- it can get overwhelming but powering through and sticking to a structure is always good. Loving what you write is a great element, if you believe your writing others will too.
What comes first, the plot or characters? How do you develop your plot and characters?
Oh this is tough! For this current series my characters came first! They were based off unique qualities of individuals that have a big place in my life and heart. I envisioned where I wanted them to be in three years and that’s how the plot developed! With my next series… my plot has definitely come first, then I will develop my characters.
Describe a typical writing day.
My baby girl is only one years old, she has me up relatively early, so I tend to her and give her breakfast, this is when I will attempt a writing sprint. It isn’t until she naps that I really get into it, I usually have a good hour where I can write an entire chapter. Then I might write of an evening or I might take the evening off! I tend to switch between my laptop, phone and ipad, each of them are easily accessible which gives me the freedom to write whenever and wherever.
What is the most difficult part about writing for you?
Sometimes I write too fast, which means I skip over important details or don’t put enough emotion into a scene.
Do you hear from your readers much? What do they say?
I hear from some readers on various social media that I have. Sometimes they want a bit of backstory, but more often than not… they want to know what’s coming in the next books!
How do you do research for your books?
I google everything! Literally everything! And if it’s a specific subject I will look for books on it.
When you’re writing an emotionally draining scene, how do you get in the mood? How do you deal with emotional impact of a book (on yourself) as you are writing the story?
Emotionally draining scene’s are my hardest to write. As mentioned in a previous question I tend to rush over them and have to go back to write and rewrite over and over! I myself am very good at switching off my emotions, (think of me like the Salvador’s in the vampire diaries ha) so it is quite easy for me to deal with any emotional impact. This filters into my personal life as well. Good or bad, I don’t know but it has worked for me thus far.
How do you handle literary criticism?
I actually enjoy receiving it! You learn a lot from criticism. It definitely helps me grow as a writer.
How much ‘world building’ takes place before you start writing?
Zero! As much as I might outline the plot, I most definitely just go with the flow when it comes to world building. I’m more of a visionary and it comes to me as I write.
Where can readers find out more about you and your book, and are you on social media? Can your readers interact with you?
I have and I have listed them below, I encourage reader interaction it’s always great to hear from people. Website- http://www.jadefrances.net Instagram- @jadefrancesauthor Facebook page – @jadefrancesauthor