Jane A. Harris grew up in a devout Mormon family in Sandy, Utah. She studied Italian art history, Italian language and Studio Art and graduated from BYU with a degree in humanities. She and her twin sister are the oldest of seven children.
While she has been an excellent story-teller her siblings all her life, Riven (My Myth Trilogy #1) is her first published novel. Secret Keeper, the second installment of My Myth Trilogy comes out March 20th.
- Riven has an unique plot. What has been the inspiration behind that?
Personal experience mostly. Some mine, and some borrowed from people who entrusted them to me. I can’t claim all of Emily’s experiences, but they are real. Emily has my personality, and her siblings are my children.
- Did you always wanted to be a writer? What was your dream job?
I’ve always told stories and loved to write, but before Riven, I did not picture myself as an author. When I was in high school I dreamed of being a museum curator at the Uffizi in Florence, Italy.
- What made you finally decide to sit down and start with this?
It was a suggestion from my therapist. Not to write a book, but to write down the scenes that were in my head. She was the first person I shared it with, as well, the first person to suggest it was a book.
- How long did it take to make this book a reality?
It took four years and nine drafts. More than a year before I was done with the first draft, and realized I had written something that could actually be a book.
- You clearly enjoy writing fantasy. What’s the genre so you enjoy reading the most?
I enjoy reading anything that is well written, but in looking at a list of my favorites, I read adult non-fiction (Ava’s Man, The Road from Coorain, Don’t Let’s Go to the Dogs Tonight, A Girl Named Zippy, The State of Affairs) adult fiction (All the Little Live Things, The Poisonwood Bible, Peace Like a River, The Heart is a Lonely Hunter). But I read of lot of YA, as well. I find that the fantasy I am drawn to has a strong element of either allegory or realism (The Ocean at the End of the Lane, His Dark Materials series, The Book of Dust, The Dark is Rising series, A Wrinkle in Time series). Like the My Myth Trilogy, they use fantasy to explain a harsh reality. Riven, Secret Keeper, and Primed are set in a contemporary real world. The strong fantasy elements are included because so many victims of childhood sexual assault use fantasy to escape their reality.
- What is the most difficult part as a writer?
Definitely the business side of things! I’d always rather be dreaming up the settings and plot points for my characters to navigate, it is difficult to tear myself away sometimes to do the marketing, self-promoting, and touring, though I do LOVE meeting readers!
- What is Your favourite fairy-tale growing? Favourite character?
Oh gosh, I loved them ALL. But, I probably liked the ones I invented best. At bedtime, I would gather up figurines from around the house and use them to tell stories to my younger siblings before they went to sleep. I was greatly inspired by The Arabian Nights, which my father read to me.
- Do you have a writing schedule? An ideal writing space?
I don’t have a writing schedule, but I work on my writing every day. I can write from anywhere, but not if there are too many distractions. I am quite focused when I write and even music distracts me, but, if there is running water nearby… a fountain or stream or ocean waves… it helps me focus.
- What else interests you other than writing?
So many things! I’m a movie junkie, and I LOVE horror movies. I also enjoy to travel, and many of the settings in my books come from the places I have visited. Mostly, I enjoy spending time with my children, having adventures and exploring the world with them.
- Had you known from the beginning that you would make this a series?
As I said before, I didn’t even know it was going to be a book. It began as a love story to my children (Jacob, Aidan, and Claire) during a very dark and difficult time in my life. They are my purpose, and writing about them and for them gave me courage and hope. But as soon as I realized Riven was going to be a book, yes, I knew it would be a trilogy. The story is semi-autobiographical, so I knew, even all those years ago, how it ends.
- What to expect from the next book in the series?
Secret Keeper comes out March 20th, and I’m so excited to share it with readers! It picks up right were Riven leaves off, and continues Emily’s story. It follows her as she shares her secret, and examines some of the behavioral issues that arise as a result of having been sexually primed at a young age, including re-victimization and perpetuation of the abuse cycle. When Emily realizes the people she trusts to protect her in the Second Realm are powerless, she goes in search of a Champion.
I’m working on Primed now, the final book in the My Myth Trilogy. Emily must pass a series of tests to restore her Connections, and find a way to protect her siblings once and for all.
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