Title: Resisting Ruby Rose (Ruby Rose #2)
Author: Jessie Humphries
Blog Tour Organizer: Blog Tours By Elana
Release Date: October 28, 2014
Still reeling from the heartbreaking events that unfolded on Grissom Island, Ruby Rose is trying to come to terms with the fact that she’s gone from a vigilante in killer shoes to a stone-cold killer. Everyone from her therapist to her smoking-hot boyfriend keeps trying to convince her that she hasn’t crossed over to the dark side, but Ruby isn’t so sure. It doesn’t help that her nemesis, Detective “Mastermind” Martinez, is still out there, waiting for another chance to take her down.
When an alleged CIA agent named Skryker shows up and asks for a meeting, Ruby figures it just means more questions about her case. But he has information of an entirely different nature and a job offer: join an elite force of young assassins, including Skryker’s right-hand guy, Quinn Donovan. Quinn is distractingly charming, handsome—and deadly. Ruby resists becoming a killer again, but as she becomes more ensnared in a web of deceit, no one around her is safe.
Kayla: Hi Jessie, thank you so much for stopping by Bibliophilia, Please! Please tell us a little bit about Resisting Ruby Rose in your own words but with a Twitter twist – 140 characters or less.
Jessie Humphries: Thanks for having me! Okay, here’s some tweetage:
Ruby Rose’s turn as a teen vigilante ended in carnage and betrayal. But with her nemesis at large and the CIA looking to recruit her, how long can she resist her killer instincts?
Kayla: Ooooh! Sounds dire! What was your writing process like for Resisting Ruby Rose versus the first book, Killing Ruby Rose?
Jessie: It took me over eighteen months to outline, write, revise, edit, re-write and polish Killing Ruby Rose—because I had the freedom to do so. However, with the sequel I had half that time. The easy part was that I already knew Ruby and the world in which she lived. The hard part was executing a thrilling plot line while under deadline. Thankfully, I have great writing partners, and three amazing editors who helped me raise the stakes, introduce a few new exciting characters, and make Ruby come alive again. I think we did a pretty good job. :-)
Kayla: What was your favorite piece of information that you found while doing research for your books?
Jessie: One way I like to do “research” is to go on vacation to places in the book. Haha, at least that’s what I tell myself (and husband). For example, one of the settings in Resisting Ruby Rose is the Getty Museum in Los Angeles. The place is amazeballs. So much so that I couldn’t bring myself to do any damage to the museum (fictional or not), so I created my own new wing of the museum, which was under construction so any bullet holes or flying shrapnel wouldn’t irrevocably destroy works of art worth millions of dollars. Anyway, to heck with Google when you can possibly experience setting in person. That’s my kind of research!
Kayla: Which books or authors would you say have affected or inspired you the most?
Jessie: Ally Carter, author of the Heist Society books, is a great example of the kind of author I aspire to be. Not only does she write amazing stories with heart and adventure, she’s a lovely person who I was lucky enough to meet at the Vegas Valley Book Festival this year. (I was super awkward and might have touched her in an embarrassing fangirl kind of way. Whatevs.)
The Dexter series, by Jeff Lindsay, was a huge inspiration when I began brainstorming a dynamic character that does bad things for the right reasons. Dexter is a thrilling and complex character that manages his sociopathic tendencies by killing really bad dudes. I hard-core bawled like a lunatic when the series was over. I wanted to create the teen girl version of him.
Kayla: What are you currently reading?
Jessie: Beware the Wild by Natalie Parker, who happens to be an agent-sister of mine. *flashes Greenhouse Literary Agency gang sign* Earlier in the year, we had an agency retreat in Florida where some of the brave authors stood up and read the first page of their book. Ever since that first page all those months ago, I was hooked—but had to wait until October 21st. I am so enjoying this one!
Kayla: Are there any upcoming novels that you are looking forward to reading?
Jessie: Where do I start? There are so many exciting books on my radar.
Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater. I was able to attend Maggie’s class on characterization at SCBWI in L.A. this summer, and now I am a forever fan. She is such an artist!
The Evolution of Mara Dyer, by Michelle Hodkin. I loved, loved, loved the first Mara Dyer book and I need to read this one right away. There are dozens of books I’m dying to read this fall by my fellow OneFourKidLit debut author group. I need more reading time!
Kayla: Finally, do you have any upcoming projects of your own that we can look forward to?
Jessie: I’m hoping to go out on submission before the end of the year with a YA Contemporary that I’ve been affectionately calling, “The French Book,” because so far I’ve only managed to come up with merde titles (that’s French for shiz). It’s about a girl from California who moves to France because her mother is engaged to marry a wealthy winemaker. There’s a castle, a bunch of equally delicious/equally disgusting French food, and two dashing boys: one with a French accent and one with a British one. It’s a little bit Anna and the French Kiss and a little bit Downton Abbey.
Kayla: Thank you so much again for your time!
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About the Author
Jessie Humphries was born and raised in Las Vegas, NV. She received a BA from San Diego State University, where she cultivated her love of the beach, then lived in France, where she cultivated her weakness for shoes, and finally earned a law degree from UNLV, where she cultivated her interest in justice. After practicing law for several years she began writing, and, appropriately, her debut novel Killing Ruby Rose is a thriller about vigilante justice set in sunny southern California with a shoe-obsessed protagonist. Jessie currently writes and practices law in Las Vegas, where she lives with her husband and children.
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