When futuristic thriller Disruption came out in April this year, readers were blown away by the action-packed story, the twists and turns, the awesomeness of heroine Maggie Stevens and that killer of a cliffhanger.
Corruption is the epic conclusion to the duology and we’re thrilled to have the fabulous Jessica Shirvington here with us to answer all our very important questions.
This is your eighth published book since 2010. One: What’s your secret? Two: Are you exhausted yet?
The secret is that I absolutely love what I do. And yes, I’m a little exhausted – but in that good I’ve-just-been-for-a-hard-run kind of way.
Were you weirded out by the similarities between the Apple watch and the M-band?
Absolutely. Obviously it was my intention to line up some similarities between M-corp and companies like Apple – but it was definitely eerie to see how quickly the technology seems to be moving forward in just the time it took to write the book.
This is the second series you’ve completed in just a year – the final book in The Violet Eden Chapters/Embrace series was published in November 2013 and now we have Corruption in November 2014. Was one more emotional than the other to finish?
The VEC series is unique in that is will always be my first series. With that and the build up of four books before Empower, it was definitely emotional. But it is hard to compare it to the experience and emotion invested in Corruption. Both were emotional endings because I’m an emotional writer. I always will be. But I’m also more experienced with each book I write and I feel the challenge I set myself by confining Maggie’s story to only two books in Disruption and Corruption allowed me to concentrate the plot and emotional content at times to create maximum impact.
You did some pretty cool research for Disruption (flying to Arlington to chat to an ex-CIA agent comes to mind). Was there anything you researched specifically for Corruption?
The research trip to Arlington really covered the work for both novels and fed the groundwork. Corruption became more about the character development and for me, that involved a lot of time alone with my computer.
Did you take a break between writing Disruption and Corruption or did you pen them back to back?
A bit of a break because I actually wrote Empower in between the two even though it came out before Disruption. Schedules can work like that sometimes and for me it worked out for the best.
Did you listen to any particular songs while you were writing book two?
Yes. Uprising by Muse. I listened to that all the time!
What makes Maggie and Quentin as compatible as they are?
Their inherent empathy and strength of character. It seems odd to say empathy when it would seem Maggie has very little a lot of the time – but to me, it was always there and Quentin brought it out in her and gave her the strength to acknowledge it. Likewise, Maggie gives Quentin the strength to face many hard truths and allowed him to be kind of heart even in the face of so much evil.
SPOILERY QUESTION– did you know BLANK was going to BLANKITY BLANK?
Yes. From the beginning of Disruption. It had to happen. This story isn’t a fairy tale and I couldn’t let it pretend to be.
If Sabine from Between the Lives, Violet from the VEC and Maggie were all in the same room, how do you think their conversation might go?
Staggered. Non existent. Furniture throwing may be involved. In the end, any one of the three could be the one to put her foot down and serve up a dose of reality. But there is every chance Maggie would have already bailed by that time 🙂
Are you working on anything at the moment?
Yes. I spent three weeks in Europe earlier in the year researching my next book. I like to keep testing myself and trying new things and this book will be my biggest (and most controversial) challenge to date. I can’t say too much yet – only that it will have no paranormal, dystopian, fantasy or sci-fi elements and it will be a touch older than my other books.
It’s been great chatting to you, as always, Ms Shirvington!