Please welcome Author Jadah McCoy to THE KATY today!
Jadah currently lives in Nashville, TN and works as a legal coordinator. When not babysitting attorneys, she can be found juicing her brain for creative ideas or fantasizing about her next trip out of the country (or about Tom Hiddleston as Loki – it’s always a toss up when she fantasizes). She grew up in rural Arkansas, yet can still write good and sometimes even wears shoes! She did date her first cousin for a while but they decided against marriage for the sake of the gene pool. Her true loves are elephants, cursing, and sangria – in that order. If you find an elephant that curses like a sailor whilst drinking sangria, you’re dangerously close to becoming her next romantic victim—er, partner. She cut her writing teeth on badly written, hormone-driven fanfiction (be glad that’s out of her system), and her one true dream is to have wildly erotic fanfiction with dubious grammar written about her own novels. Please make her dreams come true.
Jadah spent most of her childhood writing stories or concocting plots. “I was always in my head, fantasizing about characters and scenarios. It wasn’t until I was a teen that I realized a degree isn’t required to become a writer. To be a writer, you just write. It’s always been something that came naturally to me.”
Now, she’s published through an indie press, Curiosity Quills. “It seemed like the right route for my scifi trilogy. At the time I was querying, dystopian was well on the way to being shunned by traditional publishers, and scifi really wasn’t faring much better. Indie press seemed to be the right way to go.”
As Jadah has completed novels, she found that her writing style evolved. “I am a pantser turned plotter. I wrote two novels as a pantser, and I found the plot to be the most confounding part of writing a book. When I started plotting, there was a noticeable change in the strength and speed of my writing. Knowing where a book is going is half the battle, and I think not knowing leads to a lot of writer’s block, at least for me. I highly recommend the Snowflake Method!”
Jadah’s debut novel, is a science fiction/post-apocalyptic story called “Artificial” (The Kepler Chronicles: Book One). Inspiration for this book came from Jadah wanting to write about a post-apocalyptic, alien world. “I’ve always been really fascinated with exploring emotion and empathy as well, and the nuances between monster and human. All of that culminated into this story!”
Why do you think people feel drawn to the Science Fiction genre?
As opposed to fantasy, there’s something very much possible about science fiction. Sure, maybe there’s someone magical out there in the world, but science is much more tangible. Maybe we will have autonomous robots one day. With the way technology changes, it’s a possibility.
What scientific advancement do you feel is right around the corner?
Honestly, I do think household robots is something that could happen soon!
Do any of your characters represent you as a whole or someone you know? Or are they qualities you admire in others?
I think Syl is a character that’s similar to me, though I’m way more bubbly and friendly than she is! She gets her stubbornness, cynicism, and badassery from me. She does what she thinks is right despite what anyone else thinks, and that’s something I respect in a person. Some find her quite bitchy, and, honestly, I like that. Good. She doesn’t need to be liked. And Bastion is just kind of…an amalgamation of all the qualities I find attractive in a person. XD
Are there any genres of literature or movies that you won’t read or watch? What’s your favorite genre to read/watch?
I’m not big on harlequin romance or erotica, honestly. I love scifi, though! And most fantasy, and some contemporary. One of my favorite niches, though, is travel fiction such as Yoga Bitch, What I Was Doing While You Were Breeding, Eat Pray Love, Wild, and Into the Wild. I’m a sucker for that stuff.
Do you have any advice for aspiring writers?
Whatever you do, just write. Yeah, it’s going to suck and first, and it will be the hardest thing you ever do. It will feel like slogging uphill in the mud. But it’s so worth it. Believe in yourself, and write for yourself and no one else.
Any upcoming projects you’d like to share?
My muse is throwing ideas at me these days. I’m working on a women’s travel fiction which deals with depression and suicide. I also have a horror planned, and a fantasy that dabbles in alchemy, souls, and boys who turn into weapons. Lots of good stuff coming!
Anything else you’d like to add?
Thanks Katy! Happy writing!
Thank you for joining me on THE KATY today, Jadah!
In 2256, the only remnants of civilization on Earth’s first colonized planet, Kepler, are the plant-covered buildings and the nocturnal, genetically spliced bug-people nesting within them: the Cull. During the day, Syl leaves her home in the sewers beneath Elite City to scavenge for food, but at night the Cull come looking for a meal of their own. Syl thought gene splicing died with the Android War a century ago. She thought the bugs could be exterminated, Elite city rebuilt, and the population replenished. She’s wrong.
Whoever engineered the Cull isn’t done playing God. Syl is abducted and tortured in horrific experiments which result in her own DNA being spliced, slowly turning her into one of the bugs. Now she must find a cure and stop the person responsible before every remaining man, woman, and child on Kepler is transformed into the abomination they fear.
He struggles not to.
For Bastion, being an android in the sex industry isn’t so bad. Clubbing beneath the streets of New Elite by day and seducing the rich by night isn’t an altogether undesirable occupation. But every day a new android cadaver appears in the slum gutters, and each caved in metal skull and heap of mangled wires whittles away at him.
Glitches—androids with empathy—are being murdered, their models discontinued and strung up as a warning. Show emotion, you die. Good thing Bastion can keep a secret, or he would be the next body lining the street.
He can almost live with hiding his emotions. That is, until a girl shows up in the slums—a human girl, who claims she was an experiment. And in New Elite, being a human is even worse than being a Glitch. Now Bastion must help the girl escape before he becomes victim to his too-human emotions, one way or another.