Tori: Out of all the characters you’ve written so far (and you can’t pick Death!), which of the Horsemen of the Apocalypse is your favorite?
Jackie: Can’t pick Death? **blinks** Well. Um.
In that case, my favorite character changes with every book. The current protagonist always holds a special place in my heart. I also really enjoy writing War, whether it’s the modern incarnation (post RAGE) or flashes of her from the past. (See LOSS for more—there’s one scene in there in which she rocks out loud. Man, she can be terrifying. And so freaking cruel.)
But seriously? Death. Really and truly, Death. Which makes it a wee bit daunting now that I’m about to write his book. (EEK!)
Tori: You can't see it, but I totally just fangirl squealed! If you had to be one of the ROTA, which rider would you be, and why?
Jackie: Oh, I much prefer playing God and simply writing about the Riders of the Apocalypse. ;)
Tori: I love how you call attention to real issues that many teenagers (and even some adults) deal with in life. Do you have any future series in mind that will follow a similar approach?
Jackie: Thank you! One of the best things about fiction is how we can relate to the characters, even when the story is made up. Just because you have a character stuck in a fantastical situation, that doesn’t mean what the character goes through is anything less than real. So while it’s safe to say that when the Riders of the Apocalypse is complete, other characters in other books will still go through issues that readers can relate to. (Just maybe, you know, not becoming Riders of the Apocalypse.)
Tori: What is Death’s favorite piece of clothing?
Jackie: Currently? Faded sweaters, faded jeans, and Converse sneakers (faded, naturally).
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