Friday, April 13, 2012

Friday Five -- J. Anderson Coats

Today's Friday Five are being asked of author J. Anderson Coats whose THE WICKED AND THE JUST will debut on Tuesday from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.  Jillian is an essential member of the Class of 2k12, an excellent resource and sports a whip-quick wit.  Plus she loves history.  Win.


1.  What would your super power be?

I would be able to manipulate time, either adding hours to the day or stopping time completely.  That way words could get written, the kitchen cleaned, the day job done and chess played with the kid without anything falling by the wayside.

2.  What is your guiltiest pleasure?

Real Simple magazine.  I’m in awe of living-room makeovers and subtle eyeshadow and one-skillet dinners that involve fennel.  My “d├ęcor” involves big piles of books and a relentless, futile attempt to keep the dinner table clear enough to eat on.

3.  If you could edit your past, what would you change?

I would be born with the ability to know what to say in any situation and make people feel at ease.  Being able to walk into any roomful of strangers and not feel awkward would make me a happier person.

4.  What other profession would you like to learn?

Cake-decorating.  First you make something breathtaking, then you eat it because it’s also delicious.

5.  What profession would you never, ever want to have?

Commission sales.  It does not align with my personality and worldview in any way, shape, or form.


From Coats's website: 

1293.  North Wales.  Ten years into English rule.

Cecily would give anything to leave Caernarvon and go home.  Gwenhwyfar would give anything to see all the English leave.

Neither one is going to get her wish.

Behind the city walls, English burgesses govern with impunity.  Outside the walls, the Welsh are confined by custom and bear the burden of taxation, and the burgesses plan to keep it that way.
Cecily can’t be bothered with boring things like the steep new tax or the military draft that requires Welshmen to serve in the king’s army overseas.  She has her hands full trying to fit in with the town’s privileged elite, and they don’t want company.

Gwenhwyfar can’t avoid these things.  She counts herself lucky to get through one more day, and service in Cecily’s house is just salt in the wound.

But the Welsh are not as conquered as they seem, and the suffering in the countryside is rapidly turning to discontent.  The murmurs of revolt may be Gwenhwyfar’s only hope for survival – and the last thing Cecily ever hears.

You can buy THE WICKED AND THE JUST here.


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  1. Jillian, if you develop that time-manipulating super-power, I think we should become best friends.

    Also, your book sounds awesome. Thank you, Katy, for introducing me to some great YA historical fiction!

    1. I'm hoping that if I drink enough coffee, it will come to me in a vision. Then I'll teach a class. I'll charge a buck per student and become a billionaire.

  2. Cake decorator! I love how you think. Great interview, ladies!

  3. Thanks for visiting, Beth and Joanne, and thanks for being here today, Jillian! I think the world could use a coffee-swilling Rick Steves. But wait, maybe that should be me...

  4. Oooh, cake decorating. Good call. I would love to even have the patience to wait for the cake to cool all the way before I frost it :)

    Also, I really enjoyed The Wicked and The Just--I got an advance copy from Netgalley and my review went up last weekend at! I definitely recommend it!