Thursday, 9 June 2016

Artificial Tour: Interview with Jadah McCoy

Today we're chatting with Author Jadah McCoy about her book ARTIFICIAL.

Hi, Jadah! Welcome to We Do Write. Tell us a bit about yourself.

Hey there! Thanks for having me! I’m 24, live in Nashville, and work in law. Now that the boring stuff is out of the way… When not doing that, I like to make costumes, pole dance, teach yoga, travel the world, and partake in general debauchery with my pals. I’ve been to seven countries. I love sangria. I hate cucumbers and tomatoes. I think those are all the important things!!

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 Tell our readers a bit about ARTIFICIAL. What’s the story about?

ARTIFICIAL is the story of a young woman, Syl, who lives in a post-apocalyptic city ravaged by Cull—genetically spliced bug monsters. She’s abducted while scavenging and her genes are spliced. Syl slowly begins to turn into one of the Cull and ventures to an android city to find a cure and stop the person responsible for the splicing.


How did the idea of the story come to you?

I knew I wanted to write something post-apocalyptic. I had this amazing, tragic world stuck in my head, full of shadows and broken glass, memories and monsters. The plot was a bit harder to nail down. I thought, what drives this character? Where does the tension in her story line come from? And then bingo! Why not make our heroine turn into the very creature she’s running from?

Are you a plotter or a pantser?

Short answer: plotter. Long answer: my whole life I’ve been a pantser, and I’ve always had a huge issue with plot. The second I sat down and really brainstormed my plot, I had no issues with it anymore. It’s a lot easier to get the words onto the page when you know where the hell you’re going with it. I highly recommend plotting! Snowflake method, baby!

What’s the hardest part of writing for you?

The actual writing part. I am the biggest procrastinator. YouTube, Twitter, Reddit, FaceBook, Tumblr—my worst writing enemies. I will do anything to distract myself. I honestly find editing so much fun. I’m working with something that’s already there. I think of writing kind of like a whole world trying to slip through a keyhole, all at once. That kind of thing can get overwhelming!

What do you absolutely have to have nearby when writing?

My phone. For distractions (duh) and to look up scenes in previous books in the series (I’m writing the third now). For some reason I prefer to look it up on my phone and not my computer!

If you could have any super power, what would it be?

Flight. Kind of generic, but I think it would be amazing. I’m kind of obsessed with the sky. Also, could save a lot of money on airfare…

What's the weirdest thing you've googled?

Robot dicks. LOL. When you’re writing about a sassy male sex bot, you gotta have a firm grasp on how his junk works.

Finish this sentence: If I'm not writing, I'm probably ...

Lost on YouTube.

Here’s the part where you thank the people who are supporting you. Let's hear your shout outs
Huge thank you to all the friends and family who’ve bought my book and come to my signings so far. Even bigger thank you to the people who have no idea who I am but took a chance on my debut. I can’t even tell you how much it means to me. Shout out to my chicas at #WO2016. Couldn’t have asked for a better support group.

Thanks so much for stopping by the blog!

Thanks for having me!!! ☺

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