I’m excited to be touring Denise Jaden and her book LOSING FAITH.
About the book:
When Brie’s sister, Faith, dies suddenly, Brie’s world falls apart. As she goes through the bizarre and devastating process of mourning the sister she never understood and barely even liked, everything in her life seems to spiral farther and farther off course. Her parents are a mess, her friends don’t know how to treat her, and her perfect boyfriend suddenly seems anything but.
As Brie settles into her new normal, she encounters more questions than closure: Certain facts about the way Faith died just don’t line up. Brie soon uncovers a dark and twisted secret about Faith’s final night…a secret that puts her own life in danger.
What inspired the plot for your book?
At first, I just knew I wanted to write a sister story. From there, I figured out that one of the sisters had a secret, and the secret would only be discovered after she died. I lost a close friend of mine when I was sixteen, and I’ve always felt there was a lot to explore with a teen experiencing such a big and devastating event.
Why did you decide to write in this genre?
I think contemporary YA kind of chose me! My first novel was
officially for the adult market, but critique partners told me again and
again that it felt very teen to them. It wasn’t until I started on my next
novel, and specifically aimed it at teens, that I realized how right the
genre and young voice felt to me.
What is your writing process like?
I write almost every day, at least six days per week, and almost always in the afternoons. I try to write a first draft of something each November, and spend the rest of the year polishing it up. Though I admit, lately it’s been taking me more than a year to polish anything.
What are you working on now?
I’m working on another YA novel called Appetite For Beauty. It’s about a cheeky and forthright girl who discovers a dangerous, self-destructive side in her sister, and has to decide between helping her sister and a powerful and unfamiliar desire to become appealing to a mysterious boy.
What do you do when you’re not writing?
I’m also a professional Polynesian dancer and spend a fair amount of time practicing and touring around with the other girls in my dance troupe. I also spend lots of time home-schooling my seven-year-old son.It definitely keeps me busy!
Who do you like to read?
My favorite stories are usually contemporary YA, and to be honest, I don’t have much time to read beyond that genre. I love books by Laurie Halse Anderson, Sarra Manning, and Sarah Dessen, but there are also lots of up and coming debut authors that I will be following now too. Tara Kelly, Jandy Nelson, and Lauren Strasnick to name a few.
Denise Jaden lives just outside Vancouver, Canada. When she’s not writing, she can often be found homeschooling her son or dancing with her Polynesian dance troupe. Losing Faith is her first novel. Find out more at denisejaden.com.