Thursday, December 18, 2014

Author Interview With Sarah Sky!

Hello there! I have an interview with Sarah Sky, the author of the Jessica Cole: Model Spy series, to share with you today! Both books (the first one and the sequel releasing next month) look like great reads for fans of fun YA spy novels. Enjoy the interview.☺

Code Red Lipstick by Sarah Sky, published by Scholastic, is out now. The second book in the Jessica Cole: Model Spy series, Fashion Assassin, is published on Jan 1 and Catwalk Criminal in June 2015.

Here's the description for Code Red Lipstick (from author's website)!
Models, spies and lipstick gadgets in this fast-paced new teen series. Jessica Cole is just your average teenager, except when she's strutting down the glamorous catwalks of Paris. When her father, a former spy, vanishes mysteriously, Jessica takes matters into her own hands. She's not just good at striking a pose, she's going to take on MI6 and beat them at their own game. Following her father's trail, Jessica's investigation lands her hot on the heels of a deranged former supermodel, Allegra Knight, who plans to unleash mayhem on an unsuspecting teenage population with the launch of her new miracle face cream, Teenosity.
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Sarah Sky is a freelance education journalist - Sarah Harris - and lives in West London with her husband and two young children.

She grew up in Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands, and studied English at Nottingham University before gaining a post-graduate diploma in journalism at Cardiff University.

She trained as a journalist at the Western Daily Press in Bristol. Her highlight was interviewing screen legend Charlton Heston and lowest point was being sneezed on by a cow at a fatstock competition.

Sarah worked as an education correspondent for a national newspaper before going freelance. She now divides her time between journalism and writing.

She loves reading, martial arts, baking and table tennis and hates cows.

Hi Sarah!

What is the coolest gadget you've included in your books?

That's tricky! I have lots of cool gadgets in Code Red Lipstick and the further two books in the series, Fashion Assassin and Catwalk Criminal. I think I'd have to opt for Jessica's lipstick in Fashion Assassin, which contains a movement sensor. It alerts her to any movement within a three metre radius, through her diamond earrings which vibrate. It's a pretty handy gadget to have when a dangerous assassin is on the loose on board a luxury super yacht in Cannes. However, I'm also quite attached to Jessica's trainers in Catwalk Criminal, which contain tasers.

Which of your characters is most like you?

I'd have to say Jessica Cole - she's inquisitive, loves spying and is loyal to her friends and family. She's also good at martial arts - she does kick-boxing, whereas I'm into karate. We both bite our nails, which is a bad habit.

Tell us about some of the characters introduced in Code Red Lipstick. What are their personalities like?

Jessica's dad, Jack Cole, is a private detective and ex-MI6. He doesn't let his Multiple Sclerosis stop him from solving cases. He's tough - he's had to be during his time with MI6. He's also raised Jessica as a single parent after her mum's death. He's trained her in some spying techniques to help him out on jobs, but he's hiding secrets from Jessica - eventually they have to come out.
Mattie is Jessica's ultra-strict grandmother. She hates the fact that Jessica's dad has involved her in some of his cases. She wants to protect her, but from what? She dresses in Chanel and diamonds. But don't let her immaculate appearance fool you. There's a lot more to her than meets the eye.
Becky is Jessica's best friend. A budding actress, she's great at coming up with convincing cover stories for Jessica.
Jamie is Jessica's Potential Future Boyfriend. Good-looking, funny and into his band, he's not short of female admirers. Will he and Jessica ever get together? Will her spying ruin a possible relationship?

Do you have a favorite place to write?

I tend to write in my study at home, but I also like writing on  my laptop in the dining room - much more convenient for raiding the fridge and making endless cups of coffee. 

What is one of the most fun parts of writing the Jessica Cole: Model Spy series?

I enjoy doing all the spy research, particularly around gadgets. I've been to an annual spy conference in London for the last two years. I've been shown how to stop cars and speed boats with a device containing an electro-magnetic pulse; how to scan empty vehicles for the presence of previous passengers using a heat sensor and how to work the gadgets in an armoured car. I've also been shown how to use facial recognition technology, encrypted mobile phones and grapnels to scale submarines. It's all very handy for my books.

Who are some of your favorite authors?

Stephen King, Agatha Christie, Harper Lee, Jane Austen, Kate Atkinson, Kate Mosse, John Green. It's hard to narrow it down as I read widely across different genres. I like thrillers and enjoy David Baldacci's tight writing style. I was gripped by Helen Grant's Silent Saturday and want to read Demons of Ghent. I'm quite into ghost stories now. I recently finished Michelle Paver's Dark Matter which gave me nightmares - the sign of a good ghost story.

Thanks for answering my questions!

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