Published by Harper Voyager
Published on October 4th 2016
Genres: Dystopia, Science Fiction, Young Adult
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The first book in the fast-paced action-adventure, The Rift Uprising trilogy—an enthralling mix of speculative fiction and military thriller—in which a young soldier comes to question the monsters she’s trained to fight against . . . and the monsters she fights for
Seventeen-year-old Ryn Whittaker is a Citadel: an elite, enhanced soldier specially chosen to guard a Rift, a mysterious and dangerous portal to alternate Earths scientists cannot control or close. Trained from the age of fourteen, Ryn can run faster, jump farther, and fight better than a Navy SEAL—which is good when you’re not sure if a laser-wielding Neanderthal or an axe-wielding Viking is trying to make it through the Rift and into her world.
But the teenager’s military conditioning and education have not prepared her for the boy who crosses through—a confused young man, seemingly lost and alone. Because while there’s an immediate physical attraction, it’s his intelligence and curiosity that throws Ryn off balance. The stranger asks disturbing questions about the Rift that Ryn herself has never considered—questions that lead her to wonder if everything about her life and what she’s been told these past six years has been a lie. Are the Rifts as dangerous as her leaders say? Should her people really try to close them . . . or learn how to travel through them? (
Which do you find the hardest to write, the first or the last line of your novel? Why?
I think they are both equally difficult. Especially considering that I will rewrite them at least a dozen times during the course of the book! What seems like a great opening line might not be so great by the time I’m finished with the manuscript. It’s all about the edit.
Which comes first in your writing process, the title, or the content of you story? (Do you always know what your book’s title is going to be?)
It’s never the title. I’m crap at titles.
Let’s talk character names. How do you go about selecting names for characters in your book? Do the names you pick have any significance to you, or do you ever feel inspired by a name?
I pour through baby name books. I mark ones that I like and that have an interesting meaning. I also use Google Translate a lot and will often riff on a word in another language to get to a name- especially when dealing with proper names for a species that is not human.
How do you plot your books, do you write it down on paper/index cards/etc, or do you write on the fly? Do you ever find that your plot changes as you write, or does it stay pretty close to how you planned it?
I write an outline in a notebook. Each chapter has its own page/s. Sometimes I will rip them out and stick them somewhere else if a scene needs to come earlier or later. All the revelations seem to happen in this process, which takes a fair bit of time. I might deviate here and there, but I usually stick pretty close to the format I’ve outlined.
Do you have any authors who inspire you or your writing style? If so, who?
I’m inspired by many authors but I think in terms of writing style it’s my day job as a lyricist that has informed my writing style the most. You don’t get a lot of time to convey context and certainly very little if at all for exposition. I feel like I can say in a few sentences what might take another author an entire page.
What’s in your “Author Survival Kit”? (Pens, Caffeine, iPods, Prozac?)
There’s only one thing I need to write- time alone. That’s not always easy with three kids and a husband. I recently purchased a condo, which I use like a regular office, Monday-Friday. It’s a game changer.
If you could use 3 words to describe your books, what would they be?
Imaginative. Funny. Provocative.
What are the top 3 things on your bucket list?
-Make sure everyone else I know lives forever
-Get a kitten
If you could only eat one thing for the rest of your life, what would it be?
What is something you never leave home without?
What is your favorite movie?
What are the last 3 books you enjoyed reading?
-My Lady Jane by Brodi Ashton, Cynthia Hand and Jodi Meadows
-The Edge of Eternity by Ken Follett
-Tell The Wolves I’m Home by Carol Rifka Brunt
What are 3 words you’d use to describe yourself?
-Hard working mama
Do you have a favorite hobby/pastime?
Do you have a hidden talent? If so, what is it?
Binge watching TV shows
This or That?
Sunrise or Sunset?
Coffee or Tea?
Hot or Cold?
PC or Mac?
Uhhh Mac 4ver
By Land, or by sea?
By sea. On a really big boat. With a ton of staff
Half-empty or Half-full?
Autumn or Spring?
Summer or Winter?
E-book or Print Book? (Preferred reading)
Any book, any way, any time.
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