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Displaying FM.jpgFractured Memories by Jo Schneider
(Jagged Scars #1)
Publication date: May 20th 2015
Genres: Post-Apocalyptic, Science Fiction, Young Adult


Sixteen year old Wendy never knew the world before the Starvation. She’s learned to put her trust in her knives, and her confidence in her fighting ability. When the Skinnies attack her compound, she’s the lone survivor.
Injured and near death, Wendy is rescued and nursed back to health by mysterious strangers. Her saviors offer her a place among them, but trust has never been one of Wendy’s strengths, and suspicion soon leads to evidence that these people might be the group who killed her family.
The decision to get her revenge, and take the settlement down from the inside out is easy. Keeping her distance from those she must befriend in order to make it happen proves to be much more difficult.


Blog tour interview questions:

1- What does your writing process look like?

Imagine a desk, and at one end is a neat, little pile of papers. Next to that is another pile, this one 

not quite so tidy. Maybe one paper is slipping off the stack, which leads the eye to an array of 

notes that may have been, at one time, in a pleasing fan shape, but now looks like someone gave 

it a noogie. This is usually where you will discover the discarded wrappers of whatever snacks I 

could find. A glass with the glazed on remains of a Diet Coke will be sitting on a Dr. Who 

coaster, and the little cup for pens will be empty, because the pens are now hiding under the 

papers. When your eyes reach the keyboard, you'll see that everything has been pushed aside to 

make room for me playing of Facebook.

2-What book do you wish you could have written?

Ender's Game. That book has captured so many people's imaginations, I would love to have been 

the person to have written it. Plus, Ender's Game sits somewhere in the middle of commercial 

fiction and literary fiction, a place I hope to venture someday.

3-How important are names in your books? Do you choose the names based on liking the way it 
sounds or the meaning? Do you have any other name choosing resources you recommend?

Names are very important, and I'm sometimes horrible at finding just the right one. Ages ago, I 

bought a baby name book--a book that my fiance packed up when we got married and moved in 

together and was a little concerned about--and I often use that to find names. Sometimes I look at 

meanings. Often I will end up with names that all sound the same (one syllable for instance) or 

all start with the same letter. When that starts to happen, I find a letter I haven't used and I flip 

open the book. Sometimes I use the web too. Especially if I need, say, legitimate last name from 

Africa .

In my first novel, New Sight, I couldn't think of a name for the bad guys, so I named them the 

New until I came up with something better. By the time I got finished writing the book, the New 

had stuck. It's a dumb name, but now it's theirs.

4-What do you consider to be your greatest accomplishment?

This one is easy, and maybe you're expecting me to say "Finishing my first manuscript!", but 

that's not it at all. While writing isn't easy, it's something that I can do. What I struggled for six 

years to get is my black belt in Shaolin Kempo. I'm a round girl--always have been--and I had to 

put some seriously hard, physical effort into every single thing I did at the dojo. I can write all 

day, but ask me to do a push up, and I still inwardly roll my eyes and do them from my knees. So 

yeah, black belt. I'm pretty proud of that.

5-What writing advice do you have for aspiring authors.

Years ago, I was at a little, tiny writing/Sci-fi/Fantasy convention and I went to a class by a guy 

I'd never heard of. A guy named Brandon Sanderson. His first Librarians book was about to 

come out, and he was talking about magic systems. I don't really remember what he said about 

that. What I do remember is one simple statement he made, "Don't be afraid to suck."

I've lived by this creed ever since. Don't expect to be the best author in the room, don't expect to 

get everything right the first time, and don't expect to wow every reader you encounter. What all 

authors need to do is keep writing. Find some people who will help you get better and listen to 

them. It's okay to suck, as long as you're willing to try again.

6- Do you read reviews? Do you respond the them, good or bad? Do you have any advice on 
how to deal with the bad?

I started out reading my reviews, but quickly gave up. Partly because it's like an emotional roller 

coaster with some ups, some downs and often times afterwards I just wanted to throw up. My fix 

for all of this was to have my husband read them. He then tells me if there are any common 

threads. For instance, if three or four people say they felt the ending was rushed, then that's 

something I should look at.  

I remember getting a review of my first novel that said it was horrible and she couldn't connect 

with the characters and she didn't even make it through the book. I was devastated. How could 

anyone be so mean? In a fit of rage, I looked up her blog to see if she was mean to everyone, or 

if it was just me. That's when I found out that she reviews fluffy romances, not action/Sci-

Fi/Fantasy stories. No wonder she didn't make it through, there wasn't nearly enough googly eyes 

and sexual tension for her. That's when I asked my hubby to read the reviews for me. One 

romance writer hated my book. That's totally fine, but her feedback isn't terribly pertinent to me, 

because I'm not writing Twilight.

7-What is your biggest failure?

I still haven't received any death threats for killing off a character. This will happen.

8-What is your biggest fear?

The dark. No, wolves. No, the lack of toilet paper in the apocalypse. 

9-What do you want your tombstone to say?

Okay, two things here. The mom of one of my best friends growing up wants this on hers, and I 

think it's brilliant, "See, I told you I was sick." I can probably talk my husband into this.

If not that, then something silly. None of the sweet, tear jerking messages that people leave. 

Those are lovely, but not really me. I'm more like, "Did you turn the lights off before you left?" 

or, "Be good. There is no try."

10-If you had a superpower, what would it be?

Flying. Fast. Then I'd figure out some weapons and the bad guys would hate me. Buahahaha!


Displaying Jo.jpgAuthor of Babes in Spyland, New Sight-YA fantasy out April 2014, wearer of a black belt in Kempo and always in search of the next cool place to visit!

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