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Saturday, September 13, 2014

Debut Autor 2014: AdriAnne Strickland

Hosted By YA Reads
(Words Made Flesh #1)
By AdriAnne Strickland

Length: 336 pages
Published: August 8th 2014
Published By: Flux
Genre: Young Adult Sci-Fi/Fantasy

“The Gods made their Words into flesh, giving privileged individuals the powers of creation...”

In Eden City, a member of the illiterate wordless class would never dream of meeting the all-powerful Words ... much less of running away with one. So when a gorgeous girl literally falls into his lap during a routine trash run, seventeen-year-old Tavin Barnes isn’t sure if it’s the luckiest or worst day of his life. That girl is Khaya, the Word of Life, who can heal a wound or command an ivy bush to devour a city block with ease. And yet she needs Tavin’s help.

By aiding Khaya’s escape from the seemingly idyllic confines of Eden City, Tavin unwittingly throws himself into the heart of a conflict that is threatening to tear the world apart. Eden City’s elite will stop at nothing to protect the shocking secret Khaya hides, and they enlist the other Words, each with their own frightening powers, to bring her back.

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With Author AdriAnne Strickland

01. Describe your book in 5 words.

Illiterate boy rescues all-powerful girl.

02.  How is your creation process when it comes to books? Do you simply start writing like a crazy woman or do you plan?

All of my ideas generally start with a seed (the idea for WORDLESS came from the line “and the Word became flesh,” which made me wonder what a “word made flesh” would actually be/look like) that leads to frantic brainstorming and scene-writing, but then I have to get down to the planning. I need enough of an outline that I don’t go off on too many tangents during the writing process that result in too many hours (or days/weeks/months) of revision.

03. When did you know you wanted to become a writer?

When I was four and wrote books composed of squiggly lines. I had to ask my mom what you were called when you wrote books for your job, and hence I learned the word “author.” I’ve wanted to be one ever since.

04. In the publishing industry, from what I've heard from other authors, you're always learning something new. What have you learned since starting to write/ getting a book published?

That being a good writer is mostly about practice. For most people (myself included), your first completed manuscript will not be the one to skyrocket you to stardom, or to even get published. The only way to improve and to reach your goal is to write, write, write, and then write some more. Oh yeah, and read lots too. Even after getting a book published, the pattern is the same if you ever want to get any better.
05. How did/do you deal with rejection?

I try to shrug it off, and I’m getting better and better. I’ve experienced my fair share of rejection, and by this point, my skin is pretty tough. But it’s important to let myself get it out of my system too. Sometimes I still have to let myself have a good, short cry and a big glass of wine.

06. What's your reaction to a bad review?

Honestly, it’s that everyone is entitled to their opinion. I certainly don’t like every book I read, so I don’t expect everyone to like my book. And sometimes negative reviews actually bring up interesting points and areas in which I can improve in the future.

About The Author:

AdriAnne Strickland was a bibliophile who wanted to be an author before she knew what either of those words meant. She shares a home base in Alaska with her husband, but has spent two cumulative years living abroad in Africa, Asia, and Europe. While writing occupies most of her time, she commercial fishes every summer in Bristol Bay, because she can't seem to stop. Her debut YA sci-fi/fantasy, WORDLESS, is coming 2014 from Flux Books.

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