Hey there! I’m Jessica Taylor, and my debut INVINCIBLE WILD launches fall 2015 from Egmont USA. I’m a young adult writer, fashion industry professional, mom to a fur baby, epic worrier, and meringue cookie aficionado.
INVINCIBLE WILD doesn’t have official copy yet, but here’s a little information about the book in my words.
Raised by Wanderers, sixteen-year-old Tal travels the roads of the southern wild in her Chevy by day and camps in her tent trailer at night. Hustling, conning, and grifting her way into just enough cash to save her fifteen-year-old brother, Wen, from bare-knuckle fighting was once enough to keep her dreams of traveling the whole world at bay. Everything changes when the Wanderers set up camp in a little town called Cedar Falls.
There, Spencer Sway, a boy Tal tried to hustle at a game of billiards, keeps popping up into her life—and worst of all—into her scams. Buttoned-up, starched-and-ironed Spencer talks of places where Tal’s truck can’t take her. His promises of traveling across oceans are almost enough to shatter her love of the Wanderer life.
When a boy shows up at camp, ready to make good on a nearly-forgotten arranged marriage to Tal, Tal and Wen make a pact: No matter the cost, they will use their limitless skills of grift to earn the bride price and buy back her future—even if Spencer Sway gets used along the way.
Fun facts about INVINCIBLE WILD:
- I wrote INVINCIBLE WILD for NaNoWriMo 2012 and basically finished the first draft in the first two weeks. That doesn’t mean I didn’t spend half a year revising it into shape.
- Before WILD, I wrote three books with more commercial stories. When I was honest with myself, I realized darker, quieter stories were the kind I loved to read the most. When I had the idea for WILD, I couldn’t NOT write it. (Forgive the double negative.)
- My favorite thing about the story is the relationship between the main character, Tal, and her brother, Wen.
- The wanderers got their name from the William Stafford poem, A Story That Could Be True.
- It’s a YA magical realism story. I fell in love with magical realism in college while reading Gabriel Garcia Marquez. Magical realism and I reconnected when a Sarah Addison Allen book found its way into my hands.
- There are owls. The events regarding the owls were inspired by this frightening true story.
- The Showtime show, Shameless, was a huge inspiration.
- Someone told me they loved Spencer’s “nerdy” name. Um, no. I think the name Spencer is the smexiest name on the planet. This says something about me—I don’t know what.
Thanks so much for stopping by to hear about me and my debut, INVINCIBLE WILD! If you have any questions, you can find me on Twitter.
|Jessica Taylor is an author and fashion industry professional. She adores sleepy southern settings, unrequited love, and characters who sneak out late at night. She lives in Northern California with a sweet-yet-spoiled dog and several teetering towers of books. Her debut, INVINCIBLE WILD, a young adult magical realism novel, is slated for Fall 2015 release from Egmont USA.|