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Friday, December 28, 2012

Interview with Jade Kerrion





Please share a little about yourself, your genres, any other pen names you use.

Certainly, though it’s hard to know where to begin. I wear lots of hats. I’m a wife, a mother, and an author. I’m also an executive in an educational company (which for now, is critical for paying the bills.) I’ve been writing for many years, but I first starting thinking about publishing my work in November 2010. Right now, I have released three Double Helix novels, which I’m promoting as part of my virtual book tour, and two other books are coming out shortly. Published under my pen name, Jade Kerrion, the Double Helix series is science fiction, though urban fantasy and action adventure readers would probably enjoy it too.

Tell us a little about your latest or upcoming release.

I’ve always thought it safest to write about what you know about. I majored in Biology and Philosophy; what better way to justify my undergraduate double majors than by tackling the issue of perfection in humanity? (Actually, I wanted to tackle the issue of perfection without once mentioning an android, or worse, a vampire…) In the Double Helix series, the Genetic Revolution has transformed the world, giving rise to human derivatives—clones, in-vitros, and mutants—that are arguably better than humans. Toss the lab-created “perfect” human being into the mix, and the volatile environment explodes. The series thus far consists of Perfection Unleashed, Perfect Betrayal and Perfect Weapon. Fans of X-Men or Heroes are likely to enjoy the series, as is anyone who enjoys a good science fiction or urban fantasy action-adventure.

Is there a theme or message in your work that you would like readers to connect to?

There isn’t a single theme/message, but I hope the series will get readers to ponder questions like:

1. What is the impact of "nature" versus "nurture" on human potential?

2. What constitutes perfection in humanity? Is it perfection of every facet, or perfection in a single critical facet? If the latter, what is that single critical facet that makes humans human?

3. What is the price society will pay to keep the "peace"? Would we sacrifice individual human rights for the "greater good"?

What would your readers be surprised to learn about you?

That I’m a closet creative. For many years, I enjoyed music (I play the piano) and dance (I dance ballet and salsa), but they remained secondary to academics and succeeding professionally at my job. I also enjoyed writing for many years, and with the publication of my novels, I think I’ve finally come to embrace my artsy side as something that is “okay” to be, even while ambitiously climbing the career ladder at work.

Is there a genre(s) that you’d like to write that you haven’t tackled yet?

I tried writing romance. It is, after all, one of the largest genres. I even tried writing paranormal romance involving a vampire who (unimaginatively) falls in love with a human. As the plot evolved, it turned into a science fiction novel in which the romance, though important, was hardly the driver of the story. Oh, well. I had the best intentions, and one day, I hope I’ll be able to write a honest-to-goodness romance novel.

Of all the characters you’ve ever written, who is your favorite and why?

Oh, this is a hard question. I love many of the female characters in my book. To varying extents, they reflect facets of me. I think my favorite though, is my protagonist, Danyael Sabre. He, too, has many facets. On the one hand, he is a doctor who works insane hours for little pay at a charity clinic in Brooklyn, New York. On the other hand, he is an alpha empath. He controls emotions and channels pain. Physical and emotional pain fuels his deadly mutant powers; with a touch, he can heal or kill. Craving privacy and solitude, he shields both his mind and emotions, but we catch tantalizing glimpses of his courage and compassion.

Even among the alpha mutants who redefine the boundaries of power in a world transformed by the Genetic Revolution, Danyael is rare and coveted by many who desire to control him and his power. His hard-won normal life is upended when Zara Itani, a mercenary whose abrasive attitude exceeds even her beauty, frees Galahad, the lab-created perfect human being from his laboratory prison. Danyael learns that his genetic code was used as Galahad’s physical template; that kind of news is enough to wreck even the best day…

What is next for you? Do you have any scheduled upcoming releases or works in progress?

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)


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Double Helix Series
Perfection Unleashed, Perfect Weapon, Perfect Betrayal
Jade Kerrion

Perfection Unleashed
Book 1

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.


Perfect Weapon
Book 2

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.


Perfect Betrayal
Book 3

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.)






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1 comment:

Jade Kerrion said...

Thank you so much for hosting my blog tour. I really appreciate it.

Love, Jade