What or who inspired Perfection?
There really wasn't anything that I would consider an inspiration. It was more like a desire. I wanted to write about a girl who could read minds, then bits and pieces fell into place, a bit of idea pong with my daughter, and PERFECTION was born.
What was Perfection like when you first wrote it? Is it too different from the current version?
Needless to say, the first draft did not live up to it's title. LOL! There are bits and pieces different as Perfection took shape during edits, but the overall concept, storyline and such is the same.
Was the way you created Elyssa how you imagine a perfect soldier in real life?
I would say yes. If the circumstances of the what Hitler thought as a "perfect" human came into existence, then I think the natural impulse would be to continually improve on what one would consider to be perfect.
How do you balance the romance and the dystopian elements in your novel?
Everything Ellyssa knows as far as her world (the dystopian side) is thrown off as she discovers how to feel, become part of a family, and learns to love. I think the mixture of what is (to Ellyssa) and what really exists is well balanced.
How will you describe your writing style?
It changes with what I'm writing. The way I wrote for Perfection is different than the way I am writing this current retelling of a fairytale that I'm working on. Different characters, different outlooks, different experiences.
What is next for J.L. Spelbring?
Currently, Flawed (the sequel to Perfection) is on the edit train. Book three is in my brain working out kinks and calling to be typed into the word processor. And, as I said, I'm working on a modern retelling of a fairytale.
Thanks for the interview!
J.L. Spelbring lives in Texas, where she wanders out in the middle of the night to look at the big and bright stars. Besides knocking imaginary bad guys in the head with a keyboard, she enjoys being swept away between the pages of a book, running amuck inside in her own head, pretending she is into running, and hanging out with her kids, who are way too cool for her. Perfection is her debut novel.
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Paperback, 320 pages
July 16th 2013, Spencer Hill Press
The personification of Aryan purity, Ellyssa's spent her whole life under her creator's strict training and guidance; her purpose is to eradicate inferior beings. She was genetically engineered to be the perfect soldier: strong, intelligent, unemotional, and telepathic.
Only Ellyssa isn't perfect.
Ellyssa feels emotions--a fact she's spent her life concealing. Until she encounters the epitome of inferiority: a dark-haired boy raised among renegades hiding since the Nazis won the war a century ago. He speaks to her telepathically, pushing thoughts into her mind, despite the impossibility of such a substandard person having psychic abilities.
But he does.
His unspoken words and visions of a place she's never visited make Ellyssa question her creator. Confused and afraid her secret will be discovered, Ellyssa runs away, embarking on a journey where she discovers there is more to her than perfection.
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