Author: Jena Leigh
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Alexandra Parker might be the most powerful Variant the world has ever seen—but even that won’t get her out of finishing her junior year of high school.
The challenge of keeping her abilities under wraps during class is daunting enough, but throw one surly, sandy-haired Jumper into the mix, and things can get downright complicated.
Declan’s new job? Watch over Alex while she’s at school and do everything in his power to keep her from losing control. But as sparks of every kind begin flying between Alex and her new bodyguard, she's left feeling more unstable than ever.
When avoiding her abilities results in a surprise visit from her parents’ killer, Alex’s worlds collide with a bang that nearly levels Bay View High.
With her freedom now squarely in the Agency’s crosshairs, Alex will be faced with the fight of her life… and a decision that could forever alter the course of her destiny.
Writing my first book I was lucky, in that I had plenty of free time in which to write. (The reason why I had so much free time wasn’t quite so lucky, and had a lot to do with my health, but that’s a story for another time.) When I sat down to write Resistance, however, I found myself with a lot less time on my hands. Work beckoned. Friends summoned. Family called. The normal, day-to-day aspects of my work and social life began competing with my need to finish the novel.
I’d like to say I handled it all with grace and dexterity, easily rearranging my schedule to accommodate all the competing areas of my life…
But that is so not what happened.
In the end, I became a virtual recluse, shutting out the world so that I could focus completely on the book. My relationships suffered. Friendships dissolved. My health deteriorated.
Did all that isolation help my writing?
Again, I really wish I could say yes. I wish I could say that the sacrifices I made helped, but… Well, they didn’t.
My family, my friends—they inspire my writing in so many ways. The places I see when I’m out in the world become locations in my stories. The things I experience when I’m out living my life become inspiration for later plot lines.
It was a long run of trial and error, but I’ve learned the most important lesson a writer can learn—the importance of balance.
There are never enough hours in the day for a writer. There will always be something else you should probably be doing, or other people you should be giving your attentions to. The trick is learning to balance those necessary hours sacrificed to your typewriter with the hours you need to spend living your wonderful, inspiration-filled life.
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- Ends April 21