Welcome to Son of War Daughter of Chaos Author Janette Rallison! Thank you for taking time out of your busy schedule to answer some questions about your life and book!
Janette Rallison is old. Don’t ask how old, because it isn’t polite. Let’s just say she’s older than she’d like to be and leave it at that.
Janette lives in Chandler, Arizona with her husband, five children and enough cats to classify her as “an eccentric cat lady.” She did not do this on purpose. (The cats, that is; she had the children on purpose.) Every single one of the felines showed up on its own and refuses to leave. Not even the family’s fearless little Westie dog can drive them off.
Since Janette has five children and deadlines to write books, she doesn’t have much time left over for hobbies. But since this is the internet and you can’t actually check up to see if anything on this site is true, let’s just say she enjoys dancing, scuba diving, horse back riding and long talks with Orlando Bloom. (Well, I never said he answers back.)
Son of War Daughter of Chaos Interview with Janette Rallison:
Welcome to Cuzinlogic! Can you tell us a little bit about yourself and how long you’ve been writing?
I’ve been writing books since I was six years old—although the quality of my writing has improved vastly since that time. I write because it’s much more fun than cleaning bathrooms and all that other stuff I’d have to do if I wasn’t parked in front of the computer. My avoidance of housework has led me to writing 23 books. Don’t ask how clean my fridge is.
Please tell us in 20 words or less, why we should read your book.
Hot boys. Superpowers. Flesh-eating scarabs. A chase that takes Aislynn to the Arctic, Boston, Egypt, and Oxford.
What did you enjoy most about writing this book?
I’m known for my romantic comedies. Even my CJ Hill books (Time travel, dragons, action books) have a lot of comedy in them. When I started this book, I decided it wasn’t going to be funny. Partially, this was because I wanted there to be a lot of suspense. Partially it was because at the time I had a lot of frustration with my agent and one of my editors. I channeled my dark mood into this book. See, that’s what happens when you tick off a humor writer. They get out their flesh-eating scarabs and kill people.
In a lot of ways, writing this book was cathartic. Writing humor is hard, and it was nice not to have that pressure. As it turned out, there still are some funny lines–I think every book needs that–but no funny scenes.
What kind of research (if any) did you have to do for this book?
Since the book quickly leaves Arizona (my home state) and heads to the Arctic, Boston, Egypt, and Oxford–all places that I’ve never been–I had to do a ton of research. I actually planned a trip to Egypt, but then the political situation there blew up, and I couldn’t go. Instead, I read books on Egypt, watched documentaries, (I think I’ve seen every one on Netflix and Youtube) and used google maps to plot out routes.
I wrote some Egyptian history and mythology into the book too. I like studying history–but Egypt has 5,000 years worth. 5,000 years! It wasn’t a quick or simple task.
Most likely to __________ in high school?
Write about high school forever. Or at least that’s what it feels like now. I swear, I’ve spent more time imagining high school for my fictional characters than I actually spent there.
If you could go back and talk to yourself when you were writing your first book, what advice would you offer?
Get a marketing degree. You think your job is just to write the book, but no, no it’s not. Authors are supposed to be promotion machines too. Only no one ever tells you how to do that.
What can your readers expect from you next?
I’ve been working on the third Fairy Godmother book, so that should be out this fall. It’s a story of an incompetent fairy godmother and the girl she sends to be part of The Little Mermaid story and then The Twelve Dancing Princesses fairy tale. Fun stuff.
Is there anything else you’d like to share with us?
If you like my Janette Rallison book, be sure to read my CJ Hill books too!
Thanks Janette, for joining us today and good luck with the third Fairy Godmother book.
Son of War Daughter of Chaos
Aislynn is accustomed to watching for the enemy. Her parents instructed her from the time she was young to look for the signs: people with greater than normal strength, eyes that can glow green, and have the ability to jump long distances. Over the years, Aislynn has come to view her parents’ fears as quirks—things that get in the way of having a normal high school life.
When Aislynn’s mother dies under suspicious conditions, her father doubles his restrictions. But all his precautions can’t stop the boy with glowing green eyes from finding Aislynn. She realizes too late she’s been drafted into an ancient Egyptian war, whether she’s prepared or not.
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