What is the name of your book?
Next Life (book one of The Next Life Trilogy).
Where did the idea for your book come from?
It was inspired by a piece I had published in 2013 The Aftermath (Pill Hill Press). In it, post-apocalyptic survivors must choose to enter an automated replica of their hometown, which offers a chance of survival, or to fend for themselves outside. Of course entering a hometown comes at a price, and their children will pay the greatest.
In what genre would you classify your book?
Young Adult Dystopian Fiction
If you had to pick actors to play your characters in a movie rendition who would you choose?
I’m not going to answer this one. As a reader I like to form my own image of what characters look like and I want my readers to do the same.
Give us a one-sentence synopsis of your book?
Esme Ward has lived her whole life in Hometown, a post-apocalyptic survival facility, and she wants out even if it means sacrificing her next life.
Is your book already published?
No. I’m still writing the first draft.
How long did it take you to write your book?
I started late last year, but due to unforeseen circumstances I am only now returning to it.
What other books within your genre would you compare it to? Or readers of which books would enjoy yours?
I hope it can one day be compared to Divergent by Veronica Roth, Matched by Ali Condie, The Knife Of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness, and Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins.
Which authors inspired you to write this book?
Ali Condie, Bev Revis, Partick Ness, Suzanne Collins, Veronica Roth, and many other young adult authors. And of course the master himself, Stephen King.
Tell us anything that might pique our interest in your book?
Not all the characters are human.
So, there you have it. I hope some of my answers and my mock cover have piqued your interest. I have to say a special thank you to Madeleine - it was due to her placing The Knife Of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness in my hand, and insisting I buy it, that my love of young adult fiction began. Thank you, Madeleine.