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Jessica Redmerski
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Fiction & Literature | Post-Apocalyptic | Suspense | Romance

683 pages

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Thais Fenwick was eleven-years- old when civilization fell, devastated by a virus that killed off the
majority of the world’s population. For seven years, Thais and her family lived in a community of
survivors deep in the heart of the Appalachian Mountains. But when her town is attacked by raiders, she
and her blind sister are taken away to the East-Central Territory where she is destined to live the cruel
and unjust kind of life her late mother warned her about.
Atticus Hunt is a troubled soldier in Lexington City who has spent the past seven years trying to conform
to the vicious nature of men in a post-apocalyptic society. He knows that in order to survive, he must
abandon his morals and his conscience and become like those he is surrounded by. But when he meets
Thais, morals and conscience win out over conformity, and he risks his rank and his life to help her. They
escape the city and set out together on a long and perilous journey to find safety in Shreveport,
Struggling to survive in a world without electricity, food, shelter, and clean water, Atticus and Thais shed
their fear of growing too close, and they fall hopelessly in love. But can love survive in such dark times,
or is it fated to die with them?






“Are you still angry?” I asked him.
“About what?”
“Giving the bread away to those people.”
He shook his head against the quilt.
“No, Thais, I’m not still angry.”
After a moment, he said, “Thais?”
“Don’t ask me to kiss you again.”
I paused, tensed. “Why not?” I was afraid of the answer.
We continued to look up at the stars. Behind us the horses whickered and their tails
swished about. A light breeze combed through the trees, carrying the bitter and sweet scents of
pine and honeysuckle with it.
Finally, Atticus answered, “Because whatever you want from me, Thais, I’d rather you
just take it.”
I wanted to cry.
I smiled to myself instead.

J.A. (Jessica Ann) Redmerski is an international bestselling author and award winner who juggles several
different genres. She began self-publishing in 2012, and later with the success of THE EDGE OF NEVER,
signed on with Grand Central Publishing/Forever Romance. Her works have so far been translated into
twenty languages.
Jessica is a hybrid author who, in addition to working with a traditional publisher, also continues to self-
publish. The Portuguese rights to her popular crime and suspense series, In the Company of Killers, have
been picked up by one of Brazil's largest publishers - Suma de Letras; Paikese Kirjastus in Estonia;
Ephesus in Turkey; Konyvmolykepzob in Hungary. The series has been optioned for television by William
EVERYTHING UNDER THE SUN is Jessica’s newest love story.

Author Interview:


Tell us a little about why you write in so many different genres. Does it
work for you?

I can’t stick to one genre. I love writing all types of stories. Does it work for me?
Yes and no. Yes, because I’d start to feel claustrophobic if I had to write in the
same genre all the time. No, because I think it confuses my readers that I write
everything under the same author name. I regret that decision to this day. My
advice to authors considering it: Don’t make this mistake!

How do you plot your novels? Do you outline?

I never outline because I like to let the story and the characters take me where
they want to go. Some authors can outline very well and it works for them, but I
can’t do it. It has always felt more natural to me to just go along for the ride and
see where it takes me, kind of like in real life, I guess. Some scenes in my
books were figured out ahead of time, but not ‘planned out’ ahead of time, and
there’s a big difference. The only exception to this method is that I do always
know my ending before I begin. (Except with my book DIRTY EDEN)
Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
I’m impatient. Very impatient. It’s challenging for me to get through the first 2‐3
chapters of every book because I have a bad habit of looking at how much I
have left to go. I just want to be done with it already so that my readers can

What is your favorite part of the writing process?

The last sentence. Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely love getting into the story,
living out my character’s lives, but there’s nothing like a finished manuscript. It’s
a huge accomplishment and I doubt I’ll ever tire of it.

What would you like for readers to take away from your

I just want readers to be able to connect on some level with the characters I
create, and take with them an experience rather than just a story.
When did you first realize that you wanted to become a writer?

I started my first novel at the age of thirteen and I’ve been writing ever since.
Writing has been the one consistent thing throughout my life and I can’t imagine
life without it.

What would you say is your most interesting writing quirk?

I never stop writing for the day at the end of a scene or sentence, but instead
right in the middle of them. This helps me prevent writer’s block and keeps my
mind fresh.

Do you have a routine that you use to get into the writing frame-of- mind?


Do you think children are more encouraged these days to read and/or

I think more than ever children are encouraged to read and write and I LOVE it.
I know Harry Potter had A LOT to do with this and that’s just another reason
why I have so much love and respect for J.K. Rowling.

When it comes to writing, what are your strong points? What are your

I love to write dialogue. It feels and flows more natural to me. I feel like I
struggle a little more with description, because I’m impatient and sometimes it
feels like the description is slowing me down. But I pace myself! If I didn’t, the
entire novel would be one giant conversation.


Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you
about their work?

I don’t have a favorite – I have several! Anne Rice and Neil Gaiman I have
admired for many years. I love Rice’s deep, descriptive style and Gaiman’s
unique ideas. But I also love Paullina Simons and Cormac McCarthy – there are
just so many! And, of course, there’s J.K. Rowling, but I don’t really have to
name her, do I? Isn’t she everybody’s favorite by default? 

Which do you prefer: ebook, hardback or paperback?

Definitely paperback, hands down. I have a Kindle and it’s just not the same.
Hardbacks can’t be held comfortably (yes, I bend the spines! I’m totally guilty!). I
can’t imagine a world without physical books. It’s depressing to imagine,

What is your favorite type of food?


Who is your favorite book boyfriend?


Besides writing, what do you like to do in your free time?

Of course, I love to read. I also love the outdoors (hiking, swimming, biking,
tennis, etc.), and binge-watching television series’.

Is there one book that has had an impact on not only your writing,
but on you personally?

That would be THE VAMPIRE ARMAND by Anne Rice. It’s a book that I’ve read
four or five times and the one that really inspired me to try to become a
published author.

Tell us your favorite quote.

“Love is a trick that Nature plays on us to get us to reproduce.” – Callisto –
Xena Warrior Princess. I’m not against love, I’ve always just been awed by that
quote. Not to mention, Callisto was awesome!

If the Earth suddenly became uninhabitable, would you rather live under
the sea or in space?

In space! I’m obsessed with the Universe. Besides, the thought of living in the
ocean sort of terrifies me.

What was your favorite pastime as a kid?

Playing in the wooded creek at my grandparents’ house in Greer’s Ferry,

On Self‐Publishing:

Do you believe that many novelists choose to self‐publish out of
frustration with trying to publish traditionally?

When self‐publishing on Amazon first became a thing, I do think most of those
going it on their own were doing it out of frustration. I was one of them! Even
though I self‐published my first book a short time after it was becoming the thing
to do, I totally did it because I tried for almost three years to land an agent, but
to no avail. But now, I think more and more authors are doing it because they
feel it’s the better route for them, and are bypassing the query‐reject method
altogether. Personally, I like both!

How important is it to understand the basics of publishing before delving
into self‐publishing?

Writers need to understand that self‐publishing is not easy. Sure, you can write
a book and upload it and start selling, but there is so much more to it than that.
If a writer chooses to self‐publish they must commit to some hardcore
self‐promoting and spending a lot of their own money (professional editing,
giveaways, review copies, cover art, advertisements, etc.). Bypassing all of this
stuff can leave your book buried beneath the avalanche of millions of other
books competing for the same exposure.

Can you provide a few self‐publishing best practices you believe brought
you literary success?

Some of what I’ve already mentioned are good practices, but also, I’d like to
point out two things that I believe contributed to my success: kindness and
professionalism. I’ve read a lot of horror stories from book reviewers who were
verbally attacked by authors because they turned away a review request or
gave a bad review, and similar stories about authors and agents. Know in
advance that no matter how hard you worked to write your book that it’s not the
next bestseller (until it is), that it isn’t better than J.K. Rowling or Stephen King
and that you have absolutely no right to make these statements out loud to
anyone. Period. And lastly, no matter how much it hurts your feelings or pisses
you off, never reply to a bad review. Ever. Not even if something the reviewer
said was 100% wrong. Just don’t do it.


Fans of your In the Company of Killers series are wanting to know why it’s
taking so long to release book #7. Can you give us some information on

I do get this question everyday it seems, but it’s so hard to reply to everybody.
I’ll do my best to explain what’s going on with book 7 right here. So here goes!
I’m 100% dedicated to that series, and I know it’s frustrating that after six books,
it’s taking a longer-than- average time to publish the seventh. But I need
everyone to understand that not only have I been going through a lot of
personal things the past year-and- a-half that prevented me from writing much of
anything, but also, I just needed to take a step back and finish EVERYTHING
UNDER THE SUN before I tried to tackle any other book. EUtS has been a
work-in- progress going on, I think, almost three years now. No matter what else
I tried to write, EUtS kept looming in the back of my mind, and it was affecting
my current works-in- progress (book 7 included). I knew that if I didn’t just put
everything else aside and finish EUtS that my other books would, quite
honestly, be shit. Not all writers are the same, of course, but I’m one of the ones
who absolutely must work on the book that’s taking up the most space in my
heart and mind, instead of the one everybody is waiting on. But I promise, I’ll be
back to work on SPIDERS IN THE GROVE soon! Just please be patient with

You stated that you were going to write Lily’s book (from THE EDGE OF
NEVER) – is that still a certainty?

I do still intend to write Lily’s book, but at this time I can’t estimate when that
might be.


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