Get to Know…Jacinda Buchmann

Buchmann coverStopping by today, we have YA author Jacinda Buchmann! Welcome, Jacinda!

Tell us about your book.

Indigo Incite, my debut novel and Book #1 in the Indigo Trilogy, is a YA sci-fi romance. The story follows multiple viewpoints of several characters who all possess extra-sensory powers. While they are thrown together in an adventure of a lifetime and on the run from a covert government agency, they discover true friendship and unexpected love.

Why did you want to write a YA book?

I love to read YA books, so I wanted to write something that I would want to pick up and read. My grandmother introduced me to the concept of Indigo Children almost six years ago before my third child was born. She knew that I had always wanted to be a writer and suggested that the concept of Indigo Children, as a basis for a story, would be fascinating for the young adult audience. I mulled the idea around for a while, and then one day, while I was sitting at my desk at work eating lunch, the entire concept for the Indigo Trilogy hit me. I frantically began to scribble the idea down on a piece of scrap paper and by the time my lunch break was over, I had a rough outline of the story and characters.

Inspiration is always a good time. What’s the book’s opening line? Why did you start there?

The opening line is dialogue between two of the main characters, identical twin brothers, Tyler and Toby. I’ll share the first paragraph:

Their foster mother’s shrill voice hollered up to them, “Dinner!”

Tyler replaced the toilet bowl brush in its holster and turned to his identical twin brother. “I think that’s good enough. Thanks for helping. I guess we should go down.”

“Yeah, I guess so. We’re having Brussels sprouts.”

“Ugh, are you sure?”

Toby closed his eyes. “Yep, positive. I see a blue bowl on the counter, and that’s definitely not broccoli in it.”

The opening paragraph, which starts out in the past, sets up the story. It shows that the twins lived with foster parents which is one reason they end up on the run later in the story (their foster parents weren’t very nice). The opening paragraph also immediately demonstrates how Toby has extra-sensory powers by “seeing” what they are going to have for dinner.

The power to see Brussels sprouts. Useful for kids. What do you most enjoy about writing?

I have wanted to be a writer ever since I was in the second grade and really learned how to write. I used to make little books out of construction paper about teddy bears 🙂 Writing is the only thing I have ever truly wanted to do. When I write I lose all track of time and truly feel like myself.

You should publish those teddy bear books someday. Please share a writing tip you’ve found helpful.

If you want to be a writer, start writing…Simple and to the point but completely true.

Let’s pretend you’re casting your book as a movie or TV show. Who would you cast as the main characters?

I actually have a Pinterest board dedicated to this. I had so much fun looking at pictures and trying to find the best model/actor for each character! I’ll share the link here.

Here’s the breakdown. There are seven main characters:

Toby/Tyler (the twins): Devon Gearhart

Eddie:  Taylor Lautner

Grace:  Elle Fanning

Liliana:  Yifei Liu

Sarah:  Jane Levy

Rebecka:  Paige Hurd

So how was teaching elementary school?

I taught the younger elementary grades for several years before I moved up and taught middle school language arts. I loved teaching each age for different reasons. The younger kids, obviously, are young and sweet and enthusiastic to learn and love school. I enjoyed middle school because I could teach my love of reading and writing at a higher level and the kids would get my sarcastic sense of humor 🙂

Always a plus. How have your experiences as a teacher and counselor influenced your writing?

After being around teenagers for so many years I have learned what aspects of literature they enjoy and it has also helped to keep the “teenage voice” alive and realistic in my characters.

Teens are indeed masters of the teenage voice. What’s the best book you’ve read this year?

That’s a hard one because I have read SO many amazing books by debut authors, but I’ll have to go with WHEN YOU’RE READY by J.L. Berg. An amazing love story!!

Who is your favorite fictional character? (Any medium)

My favorite story is the OUTLANDER series by Diana Gabaldon, and my favorite character from that is Jamie Fraser, six foot something, red-haired, handsome, Jamie Fraser 🙂

If you could have one super-power, what would it be and why?

I would love to be able to teleport just like my character Rebecka can in Indigo Incite. It would be amazing and very convenient to be able to travel from one place to another just by thinking about it!

Just make sure you don’t teleport into solid objects. That might hurt. What’s next for you?

I am currently writing the second book in the trilogy, Indigo Instinct. I’m a little over halfway done and anticipate it to be released in late April.

Where can people learn more about your work?

You can find Indigo Incite on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18387423-indigo-incite

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorJacindaBuchmann

My blog:  http://jacindabuchmann.com/

Tell us one fun fact about yourself.

My husband and I were both born in Seattle, moved to Montana when we were kids, went to the same high school, rode the same school bus, met…in Arizona!

Thank goodness for Arizona, and thank you, Jacinda!