Embrace Blog Tour Stop: Jessica Shirvington Interview & Giveaway

We are ecstatic to have Jessica Shirvington stopping by the blog today. We loved her book Embrace and cannot wait until it is finally out so everyone else can read this fantastic story.

1. What changes –if any, did you make from the Australian version to the American version?

The changes were minimal on the whole. Obviously we changed around the Australian spelling to fit with American. Then there were some interesting changes to terminology that is different between countries - things like sneakers vs. trainers, or coffee machine vs. espresso machine, cookies vs. biscuits. The editors were very thorough in ensuring the terminology was correct for the US market.

We also changed around some of the school references so it correlated more with the American school year and vacation periods.

On top of that, I was given the opportunity to add a couple of lines here and there that I'd had enough time to reflect on and decide would better the story. It was fabulous to have that chance, and likewise, my editors highlighted one or two scenes that they wanted to have an additional line added or taken out.

2. Are there any differences between the way Australia and American promote books; and if so what do you like or dislike about them?

Actually, it is pretty similar. Books, on a worldwide level are in a state of constant development. Publishers and authors have the opportunity at the moment to be part of new and exciting projects that involve ebooks and digital advancements. I think the key to promoting any book is to embrace these new elements whilst respecting the tradition of books we all love, and go for it.

I've been really lucky to have amazing publishers and publicists within both countries. The difference is probably more to do with scale. Australian population vs. American population is quite different. Sourcebooks in the US have been absolutely incredible and since I am not physically there - we've had to work around that together. The solution has been to partake in a lot of online development - which is really where most of the YA focus is anyway - and to have author videos etc produced. I'll be over in the US later in the year and am looking forward to having a chance to visit as many cities as possible then!

3. Violet believes she has found the love of her life at 17- do you believe it’s possible to find your true love at a young age?

Given that I met the man I've now been married to for 11 years at the age of 17, I'd have to say ... absolutely. Age doesn't define our capacity to love.

4. How did Sourcebooks come across Embrace?

My publishers in Australia sent the manuscript to Sourcebooks to consider for US publication. Leah - my amazing editor - was on the hunt for YA potential and so took a look at it. She explained to me that the covering letter had gone missing, so when she started reading it she wasn't sure what it was all about. She started reading on her way home on the subway and ended up missing her stop. Not good for her at the time, but great for me!

5. What has been your favorite read this year?

I tend to steer clear of YA books that a on similar subject matter as my own, so I have been reading quite a lot of magic and dystopian. I thought Divergent, by Veronica Roth, lived up to the hype. Where She Went, by Gale Foreman, made me cry - it was beautiful. And, though it wasn't this year, I'll always be a fan of Maria V. Snyder's, Study Series.

6. Favorite place to write?

Serious work is always best achieved by locking myself into my office (which is actually the dining room at home), scene details can be more interesting to write out and about - I have a few local coffee shops I haunt. In truth, anywhere that coffee is plentiful and my mind is feeling cooperative!


  • We have one limited edition tri-fold ARC and one finished copy of Embrace to giveaway!
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  • Contest Ends 2/24
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  1. I just love this cover. And I can't wait to read it either; the story sounds great!

  2. Angels! I love angels! I hope that they love me too! Plus, it's purple!

  3. I LOVE fallen angel stories!!! Love love love! :)

  4. OOOO!!! I'm really excited to read Embrace. I read a review about Embrace on another blog, and it sounds really interesting. For some reason, the character names stood out. Violet, Lincoln, and Phoenix are not really traditional names. I think it has a really neat premise.
    Thanks for the giveaway!!
    - Alyssa Sooklal

  5. fantastic interview! I'm dying to read Embrace, and it's interesting to know how Sourcebooks came across! thanks for the giveaway!

  6. I've read fantastic reviews of EMBRACE and would very much like to read it. The cover is lovely.


  7. Ooo, what an awesome giveaway. I have heard such wonderful things about this book. The cover is so pretty and airy. Thank you for the chance to win.


  8. I've always had a fascination with stories/books about Angels. I always love an authors take on it. I love getting sucked into the world they build surrounded by angels. This is why I cannot wait for Embrace <3 :)

  9. I've had my eye on this book for awhile. I'm not usually that crazy about angels, but I like how this book adds a fallen angel into the mix. It sounds like a really good read and I can't wait! :)
    melocin94 at aol dot com

  10. I love reading about angels. This book sounds really good. I would love to read it. Tore923@aol.com

  11. This looks like such a great book!! :)

  12. Christina Kit.2/17/12, 4:49 PM

    I love the story! And I loved this interview:)
    thanks so much

  13. After reading the book description on Amazon I was hooked. I am already choked up!

  14. I've been hooked since reading all the fabulous reviews!! They have just been terrific. On my wishlist!

  15. I love the cover and it sounds like a great book! Thanks for the chance to win. :)


  16. I've heard Embrace is so good. I can't wait to read it. Thanks for the giveaway!

  17. I have wanted to read this book for months, first because of the intriguing synopsis and then the gorgeous cover! It has the aspects that I look for! Love it!

  18. Ahh, I can't wait to read this book! The cover is breathtaking, and the synopsis makes me really curious. :)

  19. I've read a few reviews on it and it sounds really good. Thanks for the chance to win!

  20. Thanks for the great interview! I love hearing how the book was changed from Australian to American! It sounds like a very interesting story and I can't wait to read it:)

  21. I would like to read this book because it sounds like a good story.

  22. The cover is beautiful but the story sounds too interesting to pass up. I've added it to my wishlist. Thanks for the post!

  23. Thanks for the great interview! I enjoyed reading about the changes between the Australian version and the American version. This book looks really god and I love the cover :)

  24. I have a feeling Embrace is going to be a very big hit in the US. Of course the cover is really intriguing too. It's definitely on my list.

  25. That's really cool they let you put in a few extra lines when switching over to the US version. I am so excited for Embrace because it sounds too cool.

  26. This book sounds so awesome. I am just now hearing about it, and it looks really good.

  27. This sounds like a great book would love to read it. Thanks for the great giveaway!

  28. I've had this one on my wishlist since I first saw the cover and read the blurb. Thanks for the giveaway!
    Thanks for participating in the tour!
    alterlisa AT yahoo DOT com


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