Monday, October 15, 2012

{My Indie Monday} Jessie Atkin


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Jessie Atkin lives in Upstate, NY, and attended Washington University in St. Louis. She received a B.A. in English Literature. Besides reading, she was also involved in theater during college. Her favorite books include Harry Potter, and a plethora of superhero comics. Other than young adult fiction, Jessie also writes plays in her free time. We Are Savages is her debut novel.

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Questions on Character Creation

Since publishing We Are Savages, the question I've gotten most often on my writing process is, "Are any of the characters based on real people?"

While I can say that many of the characters' emotions rose from real life experiences, only one character was based on a real live someone. That character would be our protagonist's dog, Mars.


Mars is based on my dog, Dustin, a five-year-old Golden Doodle. The biggest difference between Mars and Dustin? Mars has red fur and Dustin's is a pale honey color. Otherwise, their similarities are numerous. Both are fuzzy, particularly attached to their owners, and too smart for their own good.

The first draft of We Are Savages began in my college dorm room. While I enjoyed college, the one thing that was really missing from the whole college experience, I felt, were puppies. My friends and I all agreed every campus should put an addition on to their student centers with a puppy room, where stressed and home sick students could go to unwind with a furry companion. Why not? The room would probably have lowered stress levels, and improved the mental health of the whole school.

Mars was created not only out of Tris' need for a companion at the moment her story takes place, but at a moment when I felt I also needed my puppy, who was just a little too far away at the time. I can only hope the reasons I love Dustin come out for readers in Mars. As Tris believes, "Everyone should have a dog. Not any pet, but a dog specifically. Dogs smile."



We Are Savages is the story of 12 year old Tris and what she finds when she runs from the responsibility of her household and descends through a rain grate into the child run world of Nowhere. "You go to bed angry or sad enough you can wake up just about anywhere," the Savages tell her.  Nowhere is a brick utopia hidden in the sewers; made up of sweets, sports, hammocks, and fireflies.  But even this haven, free of parents and protocol, is not everything it seems.  Haunted by dark specters known only as Phocydes, feared for their reputation of consuming children whole, Tris works both to hunt and to hide from these hooded shadows. But something about them is familiar; something about them fires her curiosity more than her fear.  And Tris slowly begins to realize that, no matter where you go, fear and responsibility are not things you can escape. The only thing to do is face them.

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