Friday, May 1, 2009

Author interview and book giveaway: Jessica Brody

I'm so, so thrilled today, because the fabulous Jessica Brody has come by to chat! You may know Jessica from her bestselling debut novel, THE FIDELITY FILES, or you may know her as the brain child of the wonderful website FREE BOOK FRIDAY, where she (yes, you guessed it!) gives away free books every Friday. Either way, you know that we are going to have a blast today.

Since Jessica loves to give away books just as much as I do, she's giving away not one, but TWO COPIES of THE FIDELITY FILES! Details on how to enter are at the bottom of this post.

So, without further ado, I give you Jessica:

Tell us about your most recent novel in 25 words or less.

The Fidelity Files is the story of a woman who works undercover as a “fidelity inspector,” hired by suspicious wives and girlfriends to test the faithfulness of the men in their lives.

Sorry, that was 32 words. But I swear it was 50 when I started.

How do you fight writer’s block?

I never use the term “writer’s block”…well, except right there. I’m a firm believer in the law of attraction. What you resist persists. What you focus on only gets bigger. If I went around saying, “Crap, I have writer’s block,” then yes, I would have writer’s block. If I refuse to even acknowledge the concept, then it doesn’t exist. And guess what? I’ve never had it. Of course, I get stuck from time to time as any writer does. To deal with it, I usually just mediate and tell myself, “the solution already exists; I just have to remember what it is.” By the time I wake up the next morning, the problem is always solved.

If your book were to become a movie, who would you cast?

Well, we’re really hoping for a TV show! The Fidelity Files was actually just optioned by the executive producer of the movie, CRASH and she’s working on developing it as a TV show. Fingers crossed! There are some amazing actors that she has in mind (I can’t reveal them just yet!) but my dream casting would probably be someone like Megan Fox (on the sexier side) or Rachel McAdams (on the sweeter side). And I’ve always pictured Patrick Dempsey playing Jamie, the love interest. Damn, he’s hot!

What are you working on right now?

The short answer: Lots! The (slightly) longer answer: I just finished the first book in a new YA series that I’m really excited about! It’s the fourth book I’ve ever written (well, technically the fifth if you count that one I refuse to talk about stashed away in my proverbial desk drawer). And now I’m starting on book 5—another YA. It’s the second book in a two book deal I signed with FSG. After that…who knows! I have tons of ideas!

What is your favorite part of writing? Least favorite?

My boyfriend could answer this question for me. In a heartbeat. Actually, let me ask him. Hold on…

Yep, just as I suspected. “Favorite part: Act 1. Least favorite part: Act 2. “

Very good, honey!

For those of you who haven’t read as many screenwriting books as I have, Act 1 is the first quarter of the book. The set-up. When everything is fresh. The character is new and fun and novel. You get to lay the groundwork for the story, build suspense, layer in complex plot points that will be resolved later. And then comes the dreaded Act 2. The heart of the story. The “promise of the premise.” Also known as “my nemesis.” The character is now totally grating my nerves, everything I set up in Act 1 absolutely sucks, I have no idea why I’m even a writer to begin with, I have the vocabulary of a five year old, all the “complex plot points” I thought I was setting up now actually have to be dealt with (yikes!) and I become nearly impossible to live with (my boyfriend will second that.) And yet, somehow, incredibly, magically (as if little elves snuck in my house in the middle of the night and fixed everything that was wrong with my story), I finally arrive at act 3, the conclusion and then I’m like, “That wasn’t so bad. I don’t know why I was so freaked out!”

And then I start all over again with the next book!

Big thanks to Jessica for stopping by today! Want to win a free signed copy of Jessica's book before it hits the screen? Just leave a comment below and you're entered! Want extra entries? That can be arranged.... Blog about it for another entry. Become of follower of this blog for another entry, too. Or you can leave a comment on another one of my blog posts for yet another entry!

The winner will be announced on May 15th.


drey said...

Yay! I'm #1!! Does that mean I win one right away? =P Great questions there, Brenda!

bridget3420 said...

I want to read this! I'm already a follower. I posted this contest on my sidebar:


donnas said...

I love the storyline of The Fidelty Files and hopefully gets turned into a series. I would love the chance to win.

I am a follower.


bacchus76 at myself dot com

Aramena said...

Good interview! And I agree about Rachel McAdams!

SarCraw said...

I really want to read this, and I think it sounds like the great premise for a TV show! Also love Free Book Friday.


SarCraw said...

Forgot to mention I follow your blog!

Belle said...

I'd love to be entered! This sounds like a great book.

MJ said...

This sounds good. I'd hate to have that job tho.

I follow


Valorie said...

Sounds like a sexy book and a great idea for a TV series.

I blogged:

And I subscribe.


scottica said...

Id like to be intered...

Kristi said...

Fidelity inspector - sounds fun! Please enter me in this drawing! I also follow your blog!

kherbrand at comcast dot net said...

Looks like a great book, thanks for entering me.

Karla said...

I'd love to read this one. Thanks

RockCity said...

good interview, good book!

WhatBriReads said...

Ooh, please enter me!


Diana D said...

Yes, please enter me in the contest. Thanks for having the wonderful giveaway.

dianad8008 AT gmail DOT com

Kat Bryan said...

I love the storyline for this book but can see where it could lead to LOTS of problems. LOL I think it would make a good TV series.

Emilyb3342 said...

thanks for entering me. i HOPE to win. I want the books to be a t.v show too!

Mitzy said...

I'm so interested in this! And I'm already a follower =)

Anonymous said...

Please enter me in this giveaway! This book looks really good, and I can't wait to read her YA books!

joannarenee (at) mail (dot) com

Llehn said...

Please enter me! Thanks.


nhertel85 said...

I'd like to enter. I subscribe in Google Reader


purplg8r said...

I would love to read this book!

And I blogged about the contest here

Anonymous said...

This sounds like an awesome book. I would love to read it.

Anonymous said...

I would love a copy of this book.

darbyscloset said...

Hey Brenda
I'd enjoy reading and this book, I tried to win a copy at Free Book Friday, yet no luck.
Thanks for the second chance!
darbyscloset at yahoo dot com

Debs Desk said...

Please include me in your giveaway.

Debs Desk said...

I am a follower.

Wrighty said...

Thanks so much for a chance to win this! It sounds really good and I bet it will make a great TV series as well. I can't wait to read it.
- I'm a follower.
- I've added this to my sidebar.


Renee G said...

Would love to read this.

Aik said...

I'd love to enter. Thanks!

Kitten22 said...

This looks great! Please enter me!


Anonymous said...

Thanks so much for sponsoring this book giveaway. All it takes for someone to become a devoted follower is the opportunity to read an author's work!

Lilibeth Ramos said...

Temptation. Betrayal. Truth. Forgiveness.
What else is there? Sign me up
Lilibeth Ramos
lilibethramos [at]

Kaye said...

You always come up with the best giveaways! Throw my name in the hat please.

I'm a follower


RachieG said...

Would love to read this! :) Please count me in!

rachie2004 AT

Lyoness2009 said...

I <3 Rachel McAdams, isn't she awesome??

Would love to read this..the interview was great!

lyoness2009 @

babygirlG said...

I would love to read this book. Please put me down for the giveaway! Thanks.

Mitzy said...

This book sounds really interesting! And I love the title

oo and I'm already a follower =D

Ann Diana Dinh, said...

Great giveaway! Count me in!


Okibum said...

I would love to enter!

Dina said...

Sounds like a fun read! And autographed?? Count me in! aitmama (ta) gmail (tod) com

Dina said...

New follower!

gaby317 said...

I've posted a link to your contest on my blog's sideroll.


gaby317nyc AT gmail DOT com

Vera said...

Please enter me!

Ashley said...

I would love to read this book, the trailer was really good.

Ashley said...

I posted this contest on my sidebar at


Ashley said...

I also became a follower!
And I'm just about to comment on your other blog posts for added entries.