Blurb: The Legacy's Impact
Kate’s genes say she’s a rebel; will her heart tell her the same?
Katherine Dennard was supposed to go back to a perfect life in The Institute with her fiancé, Saul Goodman, but her amnesia is making that wonderful life harder than she hoped. When that crazy guy, Micah Pennington shows up and tells her everything she knows is a lie, she doesn’t know who to trust, but one thing’s for sure: it isn’t Micah. The thing is, Micah might be crazy, but Saul is definitely hiding something.
Kate must sift through the mysteries of her past to uncover who she is, but unraveling the truth unearths secrets that threaten to destroy the only life she can remember. If Kate can’t remember who she was, how can she figure out who she’s supposed to be?
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: JESSIE ANDERSEN
How did you discover your call to pursue your passion? Who or what inspired you?
That’s a funny question with a two-part answer. First, When I was in third grade, I filled out one of those, “What do you want to be when you grow up packets” we all do in elementary school. Apparently, I wanted to be famous for writing a book. My mother brought that packet to my first book signing. I keep it for inspiration.
But it wasn’t until I was teaching middle school English that I really got serious about writing. I was reading all the books on my shelves that my students were reading. Some of them were great. Others … not so much. I kept thinking, “I could write as least as well if not better than this.” So I started my first story. Now, four books in, I don’t think I can stop.
As for who inspired me. I don’t really know. I suppose I could say name some great authors whose work I love, but I can’t say that’s what gave me the desire to write. You sometimes feel this urge to do something, a need buried deep inside. It was a challenge, almost and I had to prove to myself I could do it.
When was the turning point that you decided you’d pursue the call? When did you break into the market?
I mention above pursuing the call after reading books I didn’t like. Breaking into the market is another story. I think there are different stages of breaking in. I haven’t opened the doors to all of them. My first book, At What Cost, was with a small publisher. It was a good entrance into publishing. My series, Destiny by Design, was picked up by a slightly bigger publisher. But I have yet to hit the Big 5. 😊 I’m working on it.
What setbacks did you encounter and how did you overcome these?
HA! Yeah. There are lots of setbacks. The first was finding an agent. 186 rejections were filtered my way before I found Steve Hutson of Wordwise Media. He’s still my agent today. Also, I had a goal of traditionally publishing. But when I hit another roadblock or got another agent rejection, people would tell me to self-publish just to see my books in print faster. There is nothing wrong with self-publishing. I know many authors who are amazing writers who choose to go this route. But I knew it wasn’t right for me. I know nothing about formatting, cover art, and all the fun things a publisher does for you. I knew I couldn’t do it on my own. I’m pretty darn stubborn, so no matter who told me to quit or take another road, I refused to listen. I had a goal and was going to reach it no matter what anyone said. Then, of course, there are the little bumps along the way that come from the process of publishing with a traditional publisher. You have to learn to give and take.
Where do you see yourself five years from now?
NYT bestseller. Lol. Hey, we all have dreams. May as well shoot for the stars. Besides that, I have plenty more stories to tell and an agent who only likes my work. I think I’ll keep plugging away at this writing thing.
What advice can you give the readers who want to pursue their passion and purpose?
DO. NOT. GIVE. UP. No matter what anyone says, keep going. BUT…make sure you are growing in your writing. Maybe those agent rejections are coming because the writing isn’t up to par yet. Learn, take a class, get beta readers and listen to what they’re saying. Then write it again. Always continue to learn and grow from those who are a step ahead of you.
THE FIRST TWO BOOKS OF THE SERIES:
For Sector 4, "survival of the fittest" is not just a theory - it's The Institute's main mission. When Kate discovers that The Institute is using her DNA to create new life, her work gets personal. In order to save her unviable son, she'll have to trust Micah and his band of underground Natural Born Rebels. The problem is, if The Institute discovers her betrayal, the next body tossed in the trash could be hers.
Natural-Born rebel, Micah Pennington, will die in prison before he gives up information that would put Kate and her child in danger or reveal the secrets of the Hidden City. And if by some miracle he does escape, he must find a way to obliterate The Institute and their genetic engineering practices once and for all.
Saul Goodman fosters trust with the rebels in order to infiltrate their society, reveal intel, and devise a way to eliminate them. Kate holds the key to the downfall of The Institute, and Saul will use her baby against her, stopping at nothing to protect The Institute’s future.
Will Kate choose to save Micah even if it means placing the life of her baby in Saul’s hands?
HER OTHER WORK:
Fighting back was never Emma’s thing, but she soon discovers she’s not the person she once was. Perhaps she’s destined for greater things.