One determined girl.
One resourceful boy.
One miracle machine that could destroy everything…
After an unexplained flash shatters her world, seventeen-year-old Eyelet Elsworth sets out to find the Illuminator, her father’s prized invention. With it, she hopes to cure herself of her debilitating seizures before Professor Smrt—her father’s arch nemesis—discovers her secret and locks her away in an asylum.
Pursued by Smrt, Eyelet locates the Illuminator only to see it whisked away. She follows the thief into the world of the unknown, compelled not only by her quest but by the allure of the stranger—Urlick Babbit—who harbors secrets of his own.
Together, they endure deadly Vapours and criminal-infested woods in pursuit of the same goal, only to discover the miracle machine they hoped would solve their problems may in fact be their biggest problem of all.
When darkness is safer than light…
“One of the most inventive story worlds I’ve read in years…” Donald Maass, Author of Writing the Breakout Novel, Writing 21st Century Fiction, and The Fire in Fiction
I'm Jacqueline Garlick. Author of YA, New Adult, and Women's Fiction. I love strong heroines, despise whiny sidekicks, and adore a good story about a triumphant underdog. I love to read, write, paint (walls and paper) and plan cool writing events for cool writers. (Check out niagarawritersretreatandconference (dot) com.) I have a love/hate relationship with chocolate, grammar, and technology. I’m a dog person, not a cat person. I prefer creating things to cleaning things, and baking to cooking. I believe laughter is a one-stop-shop solution to everything, and ELO’s Mr. Blue Sky can improve even the foulest day. You will always find a purple wall (or two) in my house (perhaps even a door) and a hidden passageway that leads to a mystery room. (Okay, so you won’t find a hidden passageway but a girl can dream, can’t she?) Oh, and tea. There will always be tea. I love collecting special kinds of tea...and special teacups from which to drink them. (See website for collection.)
In my former life, I was a teacher. Now, I am a graduate of Ellen Hopkin’s Nevada Mentoring Program, and a student of James Scott Bell, Christopher Vogler and Don Maass. An excerpt from Lumière earned me the 2012 Don Maass Break Out Novel Intensive Scholarship. Known for my edgy, rule-breaking, Tim Burton-esque style of writing, I’m often affectionately referred to as the Quentin Tarantino of YA, among writing friends.
Lumière—A Romantic Steampunk Fantasy—is my debut novel, Book One in my young adult The Illumination Paradox Series.
I look forward to comments and reviews from my readers, and am open to requests for skype visits and interviews! Visit me here:
Q&A with Jackie on Lumière
What was the spark or initial idea that started your book?
A couple of years back, I heard a woman named Dr. Devra Davis speak on the dangers of X-rays. In her speech she outlined some early misuses of the x-ray, and I became enthralled with the idea of developing a story around one of the haunting facts she presented. She told of how, in the early 1800’s, at the inception of the X-ray, mini prototypes of the machine were made and sold to the rich. The rich then threw ‘x-ray parties’ where, after too much to drink, guests took turns x-raying one another’s hands and brains to see who’s was bigger, treating the machine like a party favor. Needless to say, they filled their homes with radiation and after enough repeat exposure, died hideous deaths. Dr. Davis went on to give a list other crazy things people thought the early x-ray could cure, including removal of birthmarks and curing migraines. Intrigued, I went home and promptly started my own research and was shocked to discover a doctor’s advertisement claiming the x-ray could turn a black man skin white. I remember the statement hitting me right in the gut and my mind going wild. From there I thought about how over the years and even today, medicine keeps creating things (drugs and machines) making all kinds of claims, that in the end, often end up harming people instead. From there I thought about my own brother’s struggles with epilepsy, and the failures of the medical world to help him, and how I wished there’d been a machine that could have worked a miracle for him…and…Eyelet, my main character was born.
What was your favorite part of writing this book?
I think it was a tie between the inventions and the main characters. I loved stretching my imagination to come up with the unusual contraptions found in Urlick’s house, but I also loved composing the quipped-filled banter that flows between the two main characters. I also enjoyed writing the slow burn, very reluctant relationship of two wounded souls, discovering they are lovable. It was really up lifting spin on the usual YA insta love, or love/hate relationship.
What is your favorite line from your book?
Ummm….spoiler alert. Look away from the screen if necessary. “You’re perfect Eyelet, just as you are.”
What movie or television show would you say is most like your book in tone, topic, and/or characters?
I like to think of it as a variation of “Sleep Hollow,” the movie version, with Johnny Depp.
If your book was made into a movie and you got to design the movie poster, what would the tagline say?
Hmmmm…that’s a tough one. I’d say maybe my tag line says it all, Lumière: One Determined Girl. One Resourceful Boy. One Miracle Machine That Could Destroy Everything… Or Lumière: When Darkness is Safer Than Light.
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