Over the past few months I’ve met some great new authors and this week for something different on the blog, I thought I’d introduce you to author of the Indigo Trilogy, Jacinda Buchmann. The first book in this YA series was published in May and had reviewers raving about its intriguing storyline and suspenseful plot. The second book is on the way and Jacinda recently took time from writing to sit down and have a virtual chat with me
“Sixteen-year-old Tyler believed that his extra-sensory powers were a secret,but when his twin brother, Toby, is kidnapped by a covert government agency, he realizes that he has no secrets, and he has nowhere to hide.”
The premise for Indigo Incite is fascinating. Can you tell us a little bit about the story, and where the idea came from?
JB: Indigo Incite is a YA fantasy/adventure with a touch of romance. It’s about a group of teenagers who, unknown to each other at the beginning of the story, are pushed together and on the run from a government agency that wants them because they possess extra-sensory powers. Along the way, they find unexpected love and friendship. The idea came to me about four years ago when I told my grandmother that I wanted to write a book. She suggested that I should write something about Indigo Children because it’s a fascinating topic that not many people have heard about. Well, I tucked the idea in the back of my mind, thinking at the time that it sounded like a great idea, but not really certain about which direction I would take it. Then, a few months later, I was sitting at my desk at work, I was a school counselor at the time and it was my lunch break. I didn’t often get a lunch break free from students, but that day I found myself daydreaming and doodling on a piece of paper. And then the idea for Indigo Incite hit me full force. The entire concept and all of the characters were suddenly in my head and I couldn’t write fast enough. By the time my break was over, I had rough character sketches for all of the main characters and a general outline, for not only Indigo Incite, but the entire trilogy. The actual process to finish writing the book took a bit longer because I was working full time and had a baby, but now that the first book in the Indigo Trilogy is out, the second book is already in the works and is scheduled to be released in May of 2014.
You were a teacher in your previous life. How much has that shaped the way you write for young adults? Has it been a hindrance or a help?
JB: Yep, I was a teacher and later a school counselor. I would say it helped, because as an eighth grade Language Arts teacher, I gained a general understanding of the plots and types of characters that students enjoy reading in books. As a school counselor, I was able to gain more insight into the thought process of the average teenager. (That’s insight not incite as in Indigo Incite, LOL! The title of the book is an intentional play on words that makes sense once you’ve read the story.) When I’m writing from the viewpoint of a teenager, it’s important to be able to really “be inside of the character’s head” and I think spending so many years around teenagers has helped me to gain that perspective.
What are the best, and worst, things about writing and publishing a novel?
JB: The best thing, for sure, is that I get to share my characters with everyone who reads the story. After spending every day with them for a year, writing and editing the book, they seem very, very real. I feel like when other people read Indigo Incite, I am introducing them to my friends:-) The hardest thing is definitely trying to sell the book to other people. I love to write, that’s what I do. It’s a lot harder for me to be a salesperson and say, “Hey, go out and buy my book…please”:-) But, surprisingly, I have found that, in the advertising process, I have met so many wonderful authors, bloggers, and fans. I never expected to make so many friends, just by social networking my book, and that has definitely been the best part of the advertising process. I also love all of the outstanding reviews that I’ve received on Amazon and Goodreads. Each review that I receive brings a thrill knowing that someone else has enjoyed my book.
What was the most difficult scene for you to write? And why?
JB: I actually had the opposite problem. I didn’t have difficulty writing any scenes. Before I begin writing, I find a quiet place to work, with no noise or distractions of any kind, then the story forms in my head, I hear the characters voices and I write a general outline of the entire story, so when I actually begin the writing process, every scene is already in my head. The problem I did have was a huge dilemma on which scenes to delete. When I wrote Indigo Incite, I simply wrote the entire story and didn’t worry about the word count. When I was finished I had over 140,000 words. The maximum suggestion for Young Adult novels is 90,000 words, so needless to say, I was faced with a dilemma. I loved each and every scene, and yet something had to go. It took a while to determine which scenes were absolutely critical to the story line and which scenes could be considered “fluff”. In the end, however, I did cut the story to almost exactly 90,000 words. It was difficult, but on the bright side, now that I have a blog, I can post my deleted scenes I posted my first deleted scene a few weeks ago, and I plan to post one new deleted scene every month until, Book Two, Indigo Instinct, is published.
Sometimes inspiration strikes at the most awkward and inconvenient time. Has this happened to you? Can you tell us about it?
JB: Each time inspiration strikes, it seems like I am in the car. Probably because I don’t have three little kids talking to me at once, so the quiet time allows for the characters in my head to “talk to me”. I have had more scenes randomly pop into my head while I was in the car than any other time. When I was beginning to brainstorm Indigo Instinct, a major scene popped into my head as I was loading my daughter into her carseat. My other daughter, who was already in the car, said, “Mommy, what are you staring at?” I don’t know how long I must have been “staring into space” seeing the scene unfold in my head, but that’s how it happens. One second I’m doing every day activities, and the next it’s as though a movie is playing in my head! I guess that’s how inspiration goes, LOL!
Some fun, quick questions…
What’s the location for your dream holiday?
JB: Ireland and Scotland for sure! I have always wanted to go there. I’m hoping in a few years, when my kids are a little bit older, we’ll be able to visit. My husband has always wanted to go to New Zealand, so if that ever happens, then I plan to make a detour to see my good friend Suzanne Carroll, in Australia
If you could travel through time, where would you go?
JB: I would love to go back in time to meet great-great-great(add a few more greats) grandparents. I’ve always been fascinated with the idea of studying genealogy and creating a family tree. I think it would be extremely fascinating to meet my ancestors, first-hand!
What’s the last book you read?
JB: I just finished reading Opal, Book #3 in the Lux series, by Jennifer Armentrout, and I am currently reading Empath, by HK Savage. You can look for my review of her book on my blog very soon
And finally, can you tell us what you have planned next?
JB: Yep, I briefly mentioned Indigo Instinct. This will be the second book in the Indigo Trilogy. It is completely outlined and I plan to begin the actual writing process of the book next week. In the second book in the Indigo Trilogy, the Indigo Children will find themselves once again on the run while they are faced with deeper relationship issues. I actual have my next six books roughly planned out in my head. After the Indigo Trilogy is complete, there will be a few “spin-offs” of the story from various characters
If you’d like to find out more about the Indigo Trilogy you can check out Jacinda’s Facebook page and website.