What inspired you to become an author?
I started writing at the age of thirteen when my school essays were returned to me with a bunch of “A”s scrawled over the top. Teenagers are impressionable. Being much more impressionable than most, and believing that my teachers knew what they were doing, I figured I was destined to be a author. It’s only taken me tens of thousands of hours of work since then to be halfway decent at writing (and I’m still learning each day), but one has to start somewhere.
Do you write in different genres?
I’ve always leaned toward speculative fiction (fantasy and science fiction.) I did try, very hard, to write a paranormal romance, you know, vampire falls in love with human, but as the plot expanded, it landed up working its way around into science fiction again. The romance is a fundamental part of the plot, but I wouldn’t, by any stretch of the imagination, call it a romance. So, I guess the answer is “no,” but not for lack of trying.
How did you come up with the titles for the Double Helix series?
The first book of the Double Helix series was tentatively titled “Genesis” until both an agent and my editor advised me to change it. My husband came up with the title of “Perfection Unleashed,” and since then, the titles in the series have played on the theme of perfection. The second and third books in the series are “Perfect Betrayal” and “Perfect Weapon.
What is your current “work in progress” or upcoming projects?
Currently, I’m promoting the three books of the Double Helix series through a virtual book tour, and am planning for the releases of my next two novels, “When the Silence Ends” (a YA spinoff the Double Helix series) and “Earth-Sim” (a whimsical and irreverent romp through the history of Earth as seen through the eyes of the two students and the android assigned to manage it.) In between marketing and publishing, I’m working on a new novel, tentatively titled “City of Eternal Night.” If you’re interested, you can learn more about my other novels on my website (http://www.jadekerrion.com)
Can you share a little of your current work with us?
Sure! Let me share the blurb for the “City of Eternal Night.” (Yes, this was my attempt at paranormal romance that morphed into science fiction…)
Alone for a millennia since a human murdered her beloved consort, Ashra, the immortal Icrathari queen, rules over Aeternae Noctis, the domed city of eternal night. Her loneliness appears at an end when her consort's soul is reborn in a human, Jaden Hunter, but their reunion will not be easy.
The first problem: Icrathari are born, not made. If Ashra infuses Jaden with her immortal blood, he will be a vampyre, a lesser creature of the night, a blood-drinker rather than a soul-drinker.
The second problem: Jaden is sworn to protect his half-sister, five-year-old Khiarra. She is the child of prophecy, destined to end the eternal night and the dominion of the Night Terrors—the Icrathari and the vampyres.
As Ashra struggles to sustain her crumbling kingdom in the face of enemies without and treachery within, Jaden fights to defend his sister and unravel a greater mystery: What is the city of eternal night, and how did it come to be?
Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
My inability to stop editing! For the past several months, I’ve worked extensively with a brilliant editor and I’ve learned much toward editing my own work. I’m really glad to say that the manuscripts I send her way now are much better than the first one that passed over her desk. That said, even when she’s done with her edits, I still manage to find something I want to change, like a certain word or a turn of phrase. Being able to say “done” and put the manuscript away is incredibly difficult for me.
Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
I love Neil Gaiman, especially his Sandman series. I love the way he weaves reality and mythology from a variety of sources into a seamless whole. It’s so flawlessly put together. At first, you see only the threads, many of which do not seem to make sense, but at the end, it always comes together in a breathtaking tapestry of stunning complexity.
Do you have any advice for other writers?
Keep writing, and be committed to excellence. Whether you choose traditional or self-publishing, writing requires a dedication to the art, a dedication to always getting better. There is much to learn from other authors, from writing manuals, from writers’ seminars, from critique groups, from editors…the list goes on.
Do you have a song or playlist (book soundtrack) that you think represents the Double Helix series?
Yes! I love writing to the soundtrack from Final Fantasy: Advent Children. The music is triumphant and heroic—the celebration of the unlikely hero who finds a way to forgive himself and in so doing, saves himself and the world. I think it captures the essence of Danyael Sabre (the protagonist of the Double Helix series) Also, I think the chorus of the song Beautiful World, from Westlife, exemplifies Danyael’s courage and compassion:
I never thought that I was that strong to carry on, carry on tonight
Forgiveness in your eyes, with nothing to hide
All I know is you've shown me it's a beautiful world, it's a beautiful world
I hope you’ll take the chance to check out the Double Helix series, starting with the award-winning “Perfection Unleashed.” Danyael Sabre is a compelling protagonist, and his hero’s journey propels the story forward, changing lives all around him.
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Double Helix Series
Perfection Unleashed, Perfect Weapon, Perfect Betrayal
Genre: Science fiction (Dystopian)
ISBN: Perfection Unleashed 1469980355
ASIN: Perfection Unleashed B008E98YFM
Number of pages: 212
Word Count: 87,000 words
Cover Artist: Jason Alexander
Two men, one face. One man seeks to embrace destiny, the other to escape it.
Danyael Sabre spent sixteen years clawing out of the ruins of his childhood and finally has everything he wanted--a career, a home, and a trusted friend. To hold on to them, he keeps his head down and plays by the rules. An alpha empath, he is powerful in a world transformed by the Genetic Revolution, yet his experience has taught him to avoid attention.
When the perfect human being, Galahad, escapes from Pioneer Laboratories, the illusory peace between humans and their derivatives--the in vitros, clones, and mutants--collapses into social upheaval. The abominations, deformed and distorted mirrors of humanity, created unintentionally in Pioneer Lab's search for perfection, descend upon Washington, D.C. The first era of the Genetic Revolution was peaceful. The second is headed for open war.
Although the genetic future of the human race pivots on Galahad, Danyael does not feel compelled to get involved and risk his cover of anonymity, until he finds out that the perfect human being looks just like him.
You can defeat your enemies, but can you defeat your friends?
Danyael Sabre, an object of desire, would much rather not be. An alpha empath by birth, a doctor by training, and an empathic healer by calling, he is stalked by the military that covets his ability to kill, not heal. He finds himself on the run under the protection of an assassin, Zara Itani.
Bereft of two days of memories, the more he uncovers of his lost hours, the more he doubts everything that once anchored him. He knows only that he endangers those around him and that he is falling in love with Zara, who hates him for reasons he no longer remembers.
As forces—both powerful and ruthless—threaten those he cares for, Danyael has only two options. He can betray his values and abandon the path of the healer, or he can wait to be betrayed, not by enemies, but by his friends.
PERFECT BETRAYAL is the second novel in the award-winning Double Helix series.
Don’t fear the army of genetically engineered perfect killers. Fear the cripple who leads them.
An alpha empath, Danyael Sabre is powerful, rare, and coveted, even among the alpha mutants who dominate the Genetic Revolution. Betrayed by his friends and abandoned to a life sentence in a maximum-security prison, Danyael receives freedom and sanctuary from an unlikely quarter—the Mutant Assault Group, an elite mutant task force within the US military. Physically crippled and emotionally vulnerable, Danyael succumbs to the warmth of friendships and the promise of love he finds within their ranks.
Friendship and love, however, demand his loyalty, and Danyael rises to the challenge of training and leading the assault group’s genetically modified super soldier army. The super soldiers are faster and stronger than the military's human soldiers; their animal instincts spur ferocity and fearlessness in battle. But who is the perfect weapon—the super soldiers or Danyael, the alpha empath, who can, with a touch, heal or kill?
Adversaries swarm, like vultures around carrion; the pawn is once again in play. The threads of betrayal that sent Danyael to prison spin into a web, ensnaring him. When a terrorist group strikes Washington, D.C., how far will Danyael go to defend a government that sent him to prison to die?
PERFECT WEAPON is the third novel in the award-winning Double Helix series.
About the Author:
Jade Kerrion, author of the award-winning science-fiction/dystopian series, DOUBLE HELIX, first developed a loyal reader base with her fan fiction series based on the MMORPG Guild Wars. She was accused of keeping her readers up at night, distracting them from work, housework, homework, and (far worse), from actually playing Guild Wars. And then she wondered why just screw up the time management skills of gamers? Why not aspire to screw everyone else up too? So here she is, writing books that aspire to keep you from doing anything else useful with your time. She lives in Fort Lauderdale, Florida with her wonderfully supportive husband and her two young sons, Saint and Angel, (no, those aren't their real names, but they are like saints and angels, except when they're not.)