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Guest Post: J.A. George, Author of Gifted

Happy Tuesday my darling readers! Today I'm welcoming author J.A. George to the blog to tell us a bit about her novel, GIFTED. Please read today's post and show her some comment love! -- Rhi

Hello there!

Seeing as GIFTED is my first published novel, you’ve probably never heard of me, so I suppose this is the perfect opportunity to introduce myself. My name is J.A. George and I’m the author of GIFTED - The Hayven Series. If I were to summarise my novel in a nutshell, it would go along the lines of something like this:

There is no chosen one in this story.

She was just in the wrong place at the wrong time and happened to make a decision that altered her future forever. It happens to all of us every day.

Avery Gray is a size twelve university student with a penchant for dry humour, and she’s as normal as they come. One rainy afternoon, Avery had to make a choice: go through the alleyway or around it. Two possible options. One would have had her future continue on as planned, the other would ensure that her future never remained the same again. She unknowingly went with the latter.

Change can be good. It can bring new opportunities, new friends and a life you never thought possible. Change can be bad. It can bring you people determined to burn your city to the ground.

It all depends on the decisions you make.

Yup – that’s an acceptable nutshell.

I was kindly invited by Rhianna to write a guest post blog. I’ve done a few of these in my time and usually I end up discussing my novel, Gifted and the writing process that led to the eventual published book. However, Rhianna came up with the rather wonderful idea of me writing a blog post about a time when I had two choices and how things may have turned out if I had chosen the one I didn’t. Ring a bell? If it does, that’s because it’s perfectly tied to the overall concept of Gifted.

And it just so happens, I have an example of this happening and that was when I writing this novel.

The Gifted that is now published is my second edition and it is a complete re-work of my first edition. Normally second editions contain a few scenes changed, taken out or replaced, but I can honestly say that edition two of Gifted has about 15% of edition one still in it. Not only have scenes been changed, but they’ve been taken out, scenes have been added, the plot-line has changed and so have the characters – for the better. However, that is my opinion.

When I was writing edition one, I was trying to please every reader out there, an impossible task, I know, but I didn’t realise how impossible a task it was until over 16 months later. I could have stuck with that edition, maybe it would have done really well, maybe it would have done better than the edition I’ve published now. I’ll never know because I made a choice to write for myself instead of what I assumed others would want and this decision resulted in edition two of Gifted.

I sat down at my desk one evening and thought about what I wanted to read. I wanted to read a contemporary, young adult fantasy novel that didn’t feature instant- love (edition one did), that didn’t feature a ‘chosen-one’, (edition one again) and that didn’t include a young woman growing up in a dystopian world, but rather focused on her journey to stopping a world she loved into becoming one. I also wanted a normal character. Not one who was passive but also not one who knew the world was ending and took it all on the chin and decided to save it all under three minutes. I wanted something realer than that – I wanted truth, doubt and possibility to be themes in my novel whilst it still being a fun read. Hard to imagine after all I’ve just said, I know, but Gifted isn’t a dark novel. It focuses on friendships, real-life young adult relationships, hard-to-pinpoint emotions and the prospect of changing who you are for the better and having people to lean on whilst you do so. I also try to take a look at modern-day issues, such as, weight, body-image, and cheating.

My novel is a jumble of genres and things. It’s a contemporary young adult fantasy with adventure, a little mystery, a little comedy, and fine, add romance if you want, but I warn you, it’s not much and it’s not in your face either.

Gifted edition one is a novel I probably wouldn’t have picked up in a bookstore had I seen it. Edition two I’d pick up and read over and over again. I like it and I sincerely hope you do too – if you give it a chance!

J.A. George

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