Jessica Brody is the author of The Fidelity Files, Love Undercover and most recently, her young adult debut The Karma Club. Jessica graduated from Smith College in 2001 and went on to become Manager of Acquisitions and Business Development at MGM Studios. In 2005, she quit her job to be a writer and now works full-time as a writer and a producer.
I was thrilled to interview Jessica, as I enjoyed The Karma Club very much. Check out this interview where she talks about karma, her life as a producer and what we can look forward to from her in the future!
1. Have you had any memorable experiences with karma? Positive or negative?
Oh yes, definitely! I think of Karma as just “universal alignment.” And the story of how Deepak Chopra ended up in my book trailer is definitely a story of Good Karma. Or universal synchronicity. He inspired a character in The Karma Club and then a few months later, I ended up sitting next to his son on a plane. Coincidence? I think not! We got to talking and I asked him if his dad would be interested in making a cameo in the book trailer as the character he inspired. He said, “Sure!” and the next thing I knew, I was in Deepak Chopra’s office shooting his scenes in the trailer! It was totally crazy! And totally “karmic!” The full story can be read here.
2. Aside from being a writer, you’re also a producer. Are there any books that you’d love to have a hand in turning into a series/movie?
Well, my producing skills are kind of limited to book trailers for the time being. Although I did produce a very small budget indie film about three years ago. But in my perfect, fantasy world, I were to produce any book as a movie, I would have to choose, The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins. I think that’s going to make an amazing movie! But it might be a bit too complicated for my expertise. Good thing someone else has already signed on to do it! They’ll probably do a better job. :) For now, my next production will be the trailer for my next book, My Life Undecided. I aim to start shooting it in the fall.
3. The Karma Club is your first young adult novel, with more to follow next year. For you, is writing YA easier or more difficult than writing adult novels?
It’s actually much easier. Which came as a surprise to me. I thought it would be more difficult since I’m no longer a teen (sigh). But actually, I don’t think I ever really grew up. I still don’t consider myself an adult. And that’s never been more true than when it comes to writing. The teen voice just feels more organic to me. I hope I never DO grow up because I love writing young adult!
4. If you could inflict karma upon one person in the world right now, who would it be and why?
LOL. That’s a great question (and one I haven’t gotten before!)Although I’ve learned from writing this book that you shouldn’t inflict Karma on anyone. That’s the universe’s job! But I know a few mean people that could definitely use a Karma spanking! And I think we can all agree, anyone who hurts puppies definitely deserves what’s coming to them!
5. Can you tell us anything about your future young adult titles?
Ooh, yes! I have two more young adult books coming out in the next two years. My Life Undecided—about a girl who enlists the blog reading population to help make decisions in her life—is coming out in Spring 2011 and 52 Reasons to Hate My Father—about a spoiled teen heiress who’s forced to take on a different low-wage job every week for a year if she wants any hope of receiving her trust fund—will be out the following year. I’m so excited about both! And right now, I’m working on a new sci-fi-ish series for teens that I hope to sell soon! Although I can’t talk about that one quite yet! More info about my next book, My Life Undecided, can be found on my website: www.JessicaBrody.com
Thanks so much for hosting me on your site, Katie. This was a fantastic interview!
Thank you x54456564 Jessica, for participating in an interview! I'm sure I speak for everybody when I say that we're definitely excited to read more from you!
If you haven't gotten your hands on a copy of The Karma Club, I definitely recommend doing so! You can read my review here, and purchase a copy of the book here, here, here & here. And be sure to check out the amazing book trailer!