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Meet the Author of THE OFFERING, Jessika Fleck!

Meet the fourth of four brilliant authors joining the Swoon Reads family, Jessika Fleck! We were completely sucked into her dangerous, heart-pounding world of The Offering, where a girl fights injustice—and the boy she loves. Ever wonder what would happen if Red Queen and The Hunger Games had a kickass mega-baby? Well, now you know.

Where did the idea for The Offering come from?

The idea for The Offering developed in several waves, but first began after the devastating tsunami that hit Japan in 2011. I was sitting at my computer reading an article when my mind began to wander... What if a large landmass was hit with several natural disasters, resulting in a massive flood? And what if the flood forced the landmass into a series of islands? What would that look like centuries later? Then came the social aspects of different people having to come together for survival and, in my head, the people in charge weren't so kind. Finally, came Veda's story. As with all of my novels, this one bound to life once the characters were born. The Offering also happens to hold an extra squishy, special place in my heart because I wrote this book during one of the most difficult moments of my life. Only a few chapters in, I hit my head which resulted in a traumatic brain injury. Writing this story became extremely therapeutic for me. It was a welcomed and necessary distraction as well as a sort of rallying cry for strength and hope.

In this book, the main character, Veda, comes from a society that worships the sun. Are you a morning person or a night person, and why?

Definitely a night person. I love the moon and all its mysterious cycles and there's nothing better than a sky bursting at the seams with stars. I get my best ideas at night and would say it's when my brain is at its most creative. I also tend to get pretty geeky over all of those super cool nighttime creatures likes bats and owls. My daughter and I went on a full moon night-hike at our local nature center a while back and it was magical—coyote calls and all.

Who would play your characters in a movie?

I’ll admit, I’m horrible at this! Alas...

Veda: Elle Fanning

Nico: Tyler Posey

Dorian: A blond Adam Driver

Fin: Any adorable, raccoon-masked, blue-eyed ferret will surely do.

What makes you swoon?

Unexpected moments... Think, in Angelfall, Penryn's and Raffe's first kiss. The Winner's Series, when, well, pretty much every other scene. Sweet, tender relationships... Like, inThe Book Thief when Rudy (the boy with lemon-colored hair) jumps into the freezing water to retrieve Leisel's book. Lyra's connection to her dæmon, Pantalaimon, in His Dark Materials. I love how swooning doesn't have to be romantic, but, of course, it's quite lovely when it is!

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