Today I had the honor to interview Jaye L. Knight, author of the newly released fantasy novel Resistance. I can not express how excited I am to read this novel! The synopsis is intriguing, the cover is gorgeous, and I have read several excellent reviews for it.
About the Novel
“Don’t you know? Animals like you have no soul.”
Could God ever love a half-blood all of society looks upon with such fear and disdain? Jace once believed so, but when a tragic loss shatters the only peace he’s ever known, his faith crumbles as the nagging doubts he’s tried to put behind him descend on his grieving heart. With them come the haunting memories of the bloodstained past he longs to forget, but can never escape.
Taken from home at a young age and raised to serve the emperor, Kyrin Altair lives every day under a dangerous pretense of loyalty. After her unique observation skills and perfect memory place her into direct service to the emperor, Kyrin finds herself in further jeopardy as it becomes increasingly difficult to hide her belief in Elôm, the one true God.
Following the emperor’s declaration to enforce the worship of false gods under the penalty of death, many lives are endangered. But there are those willing to risk everything to take a stand and offer aid to the persecuted. With their lives traveling paths they never could have imagined, Jace and Kyrin must fight to overcome their own fears and conflicts with society as they become part of the resistance.
About the Author
Jaye is a homeschool graduate and has been penning stories since the age of eight. She was previously published as Molly Evangeline. You can learn about her latest writing projects at http://www.jayelknight.com/.
Jaye: My mom gets credit for that. She has been writing since her early teen years. When I was little, I would see her working on her stories and collecting character inspiration photos from magazines. I guess it really sparked my interest because I started writing down my own little stories at eight years old and have never stopped.
Kaycee: What is your favorite part of the writing process?
Jaye: Working with my characters. I just love character dynamics and relationships. Interesting interactions between characters, especially when there’s conflict involved, are some of the most fun parts to write. And I love getting to know my characters. It’s very fulfilling to get to know a character inside and out to the point where they feel so real.
Kaycee: Which character do you believe is most like yourself and why?
Jaye: That would be Jace, the main character in Resistance. The obvious difference is that he’s a guy and I’m a girl, but our personalities are very much alike. He’s more intense than I am, but I think we react to our struggles and surroundings in similar ways. It’s very easy for me to get inside his head and experience his emotions. So, basically, he’s the more intense male version of me.
Kaycee: What was the inspiration for 'Resistance'?
Jaye: Jace was where it all started. Without him, Resistance wouldn’t exist since the whole series is essentially to tell his story. His character came from a surprisingly small spark of inspiration. I was reading DragonQuest by Donita K. Paul and came to a scene where my favorite character was discovered to be half-blooded. To have this spark such a huge story was definitely God working because writing about a half-blood was not anything new for me. I had already written about two Half-Elves in my previously published fantasy trilogy Makilien. What I hadn’t done was write about a half-blood who was despised by society. That is the idea DragonQuest sparked. Jace just came alive in my mind and the rest of the story and characters grew around him.
Kaycee: What impact do you hope 'Resistance' will have upon readers?
Jaye: One of my favorite things about Resistance and the rest of the series is all of the different themes and issues I’ve been able to explore, some of which I didn’t even realize would be such a big thing when I started. Though it is fantasy, I wanted it to be relevant to issues we’re facing today. I hope it can inspire readers to have the courage to stand up for what they believe even if most of society is opposed to it. And most of all, I hope it will help them see how much God loves the most broken, damaged, and flawed people and how He can work in their lives.
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If you, like me, can't wait to read the book and would rather read it now than wait for the giveaway to end, you can buy it for your Kindle HERE. (Although I'd enter the giveaway too. I mean, look at all the epicness you could possibly win!)
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Thanks for letting me interview you, Jaye! I can't wait to see what God does through you and through Resistance! :)