I am so pleased to welcome author Jenna Kay to our interview!
1. Hi Jenna! So glad to have you on Moonlight Beauty Books. Can you tell us a bit about you and your writing?
Thank you for this awesome opportunity! First of all my name is Jenna Kay Pridgen, but I go by Jenna Kay. I write YA Fiction/Christian/Speculative Fiction. My goal is to get people thinking about the real supernatural that is happening all around us. I married my high school sweetheart, Rocky, and we've been together for almost fifteen years. We have three children: Ryder 8, Wyatt 6, and Sarah Kay 4.
2. You have a book series called “The Seer Society”. Can you tell us what it’s about?
1 Well, when most people think about Seers, they immediately think about fortune tellers, soothsayers, etc. The Seers I write about are Biblical, though they're not mentioned much in the Holy Bible. The word Seer was replaced with Prophet. Here's a few Seers mentioned in the Bible: Samuel, Gad, Iddo, and Asaph. The best definition of a Seer I've been able to find is that they are the ones who can see into the Spirit Realm and are able to prophesy on what is seen. Other names for Seers you'll see in my books are Ra'ah, which means “to see”, and Chozeh, which means “a beholder in visions”. Of course the Seers I've created in the Seer Society Series can not only see into the Spiritual realm (The realm where the Spiritual Warfare is taking place) but can also fight alongside angels to protect mankind. They are chosen by God to fight the battle between good and evil. They can also have visions and dreams that come directly from God, but they can also receive them from Satan (just like us regular humans!). The Seers must learn to decipher which dreams/visions are from God, and which are from the latter. In the book, The Seer Society is an actual place for Seers to be with other Seers and to perfect their gifts. It's mentioned more in the second book of the series, Broken.
3. How was the first book of the series born and why was it called “Clarity”?
The only way I can answer that is to say it just came to me. I'd felt like God was wanting me to do something else with my life. I prayed for a full year before he answered my prayer. In between that time I suffered a heartbreak...My daddy passed away from lung cancer on January 24th, 2009. I'm telling you the date because God answered my prayer April 24th, 2009. That was the day I started writing. I wrote Clarity a few different times. Actually, at the beginning of this process, the story took place in a totally different area and the characters were totally different. When I felt the first draft just wasn't flowing right I started completely over and got Clarity. I don't know how to explain, except to say it just fell into place and made sense. :)
4. How difficult was the process of writing this first book?
Oh, there were many times I wanted to give up, because the morning I woke up knowing God wanted me to write the only things I read was Star magazines and my checkbook. I have never been a big reader/writer, and I hated school, but when God has a plan miracles can happen—I'm living proof of that one! So yes, it has been tough because I've wandered into unknown territory, but now I feel like I'm on the right path.
5. Have you started working on the other books of the series? What can we expect from them?
Yes. Clarity is the first book in the series and I published it Feb. 2011. Broken is coming out September 1st, 2011. The third book, Masquerade, will be out Winter 2012. There will be at least five books in the series, plus a prequel. I know exactly how the series ends and I'm so freaking excited! I've got another series planned, a darker series, but its still in the works.
6. The book has a quote on the front: “What is unseen is eternal”. What does it mean and why did you decide it should be on the cover?
What is unseen is eternal” comes from 2Corinthians 4:18.
So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen.
For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.
That very verse is what gave me the idea, and it totally makes sense. As Christians we believe in Heaven and Hell, so we also believe in angels and demons. What is unseen is the spiritual battle going on every second of everyday. That one verse is the reasoning behind the series.
7. What is your favorite part or excerpt of the book?
There are many, but if I have to choose one I'd pick the beginning of Chapter 11, when Clarity first sees Sam's angel wings:
When I looked up all I could see was the fluffy white feathers of Sam's wings that unfurled from his back. I was so transfixed on them that I reached out and stroked one of them, the texture so soft it was unreal.
8. What author or writer has inspired you?
There are so many, because when I started writing I also started reading every YA book I could get my hands on. YA, Christian fiction, whatever. My all time favorite is Frank E. Peretti.
9. Which are your favorite books and authors?
Too many to write! :)
10. Last but not least: Is there any comment or question you want to say to our lovely readers?
Whatever age you are, from twelve to one hundred and twelve, I believe you can get something out of my books. Like I said in the beginning, my goal is to get people thinking, especially about the unseen war happening around us. I also want everyone to know that they are never alone.
Thanks again for this awesome opportunity and God Bless!