29 September 2012

The Last Year Tour: Interview

Hey everybody! This is going to be a really quick post so Comfort Books is participating in The Last Year Series tour hosted by AToMR Tours! Here's a little about the book!

Whispers In Autumn by Trisha Leigh
Synopsis: In 2015, a race of alien Others conquered Earth. They enslaved humanity not by force, but through an aggressive mind control that turned people into contented, unquestioning robots. 
Except sixteen-year-old Althea isn’t content at all, and she doesn’t need the mysterious note inside her locket to tell her she’s Something Else. It also warns her to trust no one, so she hides the pieces that make her different, even though it means being alone. 
The autumn she meets Lucas, everything changes. 
Althea and Lucas are immune to the alien mind control, and together they search for the reason why. What they uncover is a stunning truth the Others never anticipated, one with the potential to free the brainwashed human race. 
It’s not who they are that makes them special, but what.
And what they are is a threat. One the Others are determined to eliminate for good.

Q: Where did you get your idea or inspiration to write this series?

The original idea came from a tweet. I don’t remember who tweeted it, but they mentioned that their daughter had come to them after a nightmare terrified she didn’t exist. It struck me somehow, and I wrote it down. Over the next couple of days Althea showed up, and once she confided why she was terrified she didn’t exist, things grew from there!

Q: What was the most challenging part of writing WINTER OMENS?

I’ve never written a sequel, so that was a new challenge for me. I think the hardest part was remembering to add enough back story from Book 1 for people that either read it a long time ago or were jumping in with Book 2 of the series. Since Lucas isn’t in the majority of WINTER OMENS, it was hard for both Althea and I to strike a balance between missing him and living the best she could with the way things are now.

Q: Is there anything in this series that you hope readers pick up on but that they may not?

Hmm. I think it’s how small Althea’s world is compared to ours. She makes references to what she knows as far as Earth’s geography, or history and literature, but since she doesn’t understand that it’s a limited knowledge she can’t know what she’s missing. As weird as it is to say, I hope readers pick up on all of the things that AREN’T there in the text.

Q: Which character was your favorite to write and why?

Without question, Althea. She and I struggled a bit from the beginning, because there’s so little she can tell us and even less she’s willing to share, because of her experiences. I’ve often said that she’s a hard nut to crack, but it’s worth the time. I’ve loved discovering the truth along with her, and watching her go from a girl who assumes hiding is the only answer to a girl who might believe fighting could be the right course of action instead. But she never loses her humanity, the half of her that wants to do the right thing. 

Q: What are you reading right now?

I’ve gotten into the habit of reading a physical book and an eBook at the same time, so right now I’m reading a hardback of FALSE MEMORY by Dan Krokos and an e-copy of SOMETHING LIKE NORMAL by Trish Doller.

1 comment:

  1. This was an awesome interview... that's crazy that the little girl woke up from a nightmare "afraid that she didn't exist"... that's such an abstract concept for a child! And congrats on writing your first novel, it's a real task!

    -T. L. Shreffler


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