Title: Body Parts
Author: Jessica Kapp
Genre: YA Science Fiction
Publisher: Diversion Publishing
Release Date: August 15th, 2017
People would kill for her body.
Raised in an elite foster center off the California coast, sixteen-year-old Tabitha’s been sculpted into a world-class athlete. Her trainers have told her she’ll need to be in top physical condition to be matched with a loving family, even though personal health has taken a backseat outside the training facility. While Tabitha swims laps and shaves seconds off her mile time, hoping to find a permanent home, the rest of the community takes pills produced by pharmaceutical giant PharmPerfect to erase their wrinkles, grow hair, and develop superhuman strength.
When Tabitha’s finally paired, instead of being taken to meet her new parents, she wakes up immobile on a hospital bed. Moments before she’s sliced open, a group of renegade teenagers rescues her, and she learns the real reason for her perfect health: PharmPerfect is using her foster program as a replacement factory for their pill-addicted clients’ failing organs. And her friends from the center, the only family she’s ever known, are next in line to be harvested.
Determined to save them, Tabitha joins forces with her rescuers, led by moody and mysterious Gavin Stiles. As they race to infiltrate the hospital and uncover the rest of PharmPerfect’s secrets, though, Tabitha finds herself with more questions than answers. Will trusting the enigmatic group of rebels lead her back to the slaughterhouse?
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1. What does your writing process look like? Do you know the whole story when you start? Or do you just start writing and go with it (seat of the pants writing)? If you plan it out, how do you do that? Outline, notecards, post-it-notes, etc.?
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I wish I could say I knew every detail—that I was a great plotter—but that’d be a gigantic lie! I know *most* of what’s going to happen. The beginning, a few parts in the middle, and a rough idea of the ending, but that’s it. Flying by the seat of my pants is thrilling. The writing feels organic. I think I’m addicted to it. The story surprises me in unexpected ways. But the pain of revising because I’ve created serious plot holes is like coming down from a high. Each time I start a new novel, I tell myself to plot better. To stick to the outline. I have yet to do so.
2. How do you come up with your ideas for your stories?
Everywhere. Literally. I can be waiting in line at the DMV or running on the treadmill or talking to a friend. Something will pop in my head—triggered by a scene or a word or just a random thought—and my mind will start pulling the idea together.
I have a list of story ideas on a bulletin board in my office. Some are more developed while others are just a few lines/notes that I hope will turn into something great.
3. How long have you been writing?
I’ve always loved writing—from the moment I could form sloppy sentences with my #2 pencil. But I remember distinctly in sixth grade that I wanted to be a writer. Then I took a broadcast class in high school and I opted for a career in TV land. News stories aren’t quite as fun as fiction though, and I eventually came back to my true love.
4. What tips do you have for aspiring writers?
Write every day. When you step away from your manuscript for too long, it’s so hard to get back in the flow of the story. Getting into a routine is key. I’m a night person, but if you need to wake up at 5 a.m. to write, do it! And find critique partners who will push you to keep going and offer you constructive feedback when you finish.
5. Some favorites:
Books/authors/genres: I love all things Marie Lu. The Rose Society and Legend series are amazing! Neal Shusterman’s Unwind and Skinjackers series are incredible too. Some of my other favorites books are: The Sun is also a star by Nicola Yoon, A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini, and Spin by Catherine McKenzie.
Movies/TV Shows: I could watch Friends over and over again. But I recently discovered New Girl, and I’m really enjoying it! I’m also a big Walking Dead fan, although truth be told, it makes me a little squeamish sometimes
Music: I like a variety of music. Some of my favorite songs are by twenty one pilots, Rihanna, and Sia. The first CD I ever owned was The Smashing Pumpkins Siamese Dream, and I still enjoy the songs from that album!
Food/Writing snack: Chips. I consume WAY too many chips. If I had to pick between a candy bar or salty chips, I’d pick chips 110 percent of the time. Chips are even better when they’re drowning in cheese, salsa, meat, sour cream, and guacamole (now I’m hungry).
Social Media Site: That depends. When I’m on Twitter, I’m surrounded by people who really *get* reading and writing. I’m with friends. Co-workers. Colleagues. I can complain about a difficult scene or rave about a favorite new book, and they understand. On Facebook, there are people who know me as a Monday night soccer player or basketball coach. They see another side of me. It’s not bad; it’s just different. And on Instagram, it’s a little of both. It’s where Seinfeld’s George Costanza would say ‘Worlds Are Colliding!’
Jessica Kapp enjoys writing Young Adult Contemporary and Speculative Fiction. Story ideas often strike at inopportune times, and she’s been known to text herself reminders from under the covers.
She lives on a small farm in Washington with far too many goats and an occasional cow.
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