Welcome to another Poisoned Rationality Special Edition! Our guest today is Gretchen Powell, author of Terra the first in the Terrestrials series! So let's get our dystopian hats on and find out what happens after the end of the world.
Summary: A broken and desolate Earth. A young girl struggling to survive. A lost boy with a powerful secret.
A discovery that will change everything.
In the distant wake of a plague that has decimated the Earth's population, humanity is split in two: The rich and powerful live in skycities that float overhead, while those who remain on the ground have gathered in settlements strewn across a dying planet. Eighteen-year-old Terra Rhodon is a terrestrial--a denizen of the barren groundworld--who makes her living as a scav. Long abandoned by her father, her caregivers gone, Terra supports herself and her younger brother, Mica, by scouring the earth for discarded scraps and metals to recycle for profit. One day, while on a routine scavenging run, she discovers something that shocks her home settlement of Genesis X-16. When the value of her discovery is revealed, Terra's world is turned upside down.
Terra suddenly finds herself asking questions no one will answer. Her search for the truth leads her to Adam--a beguiling skydweller unlike any she has ever met. But Adam has secrets and a quest of his own, and with him by her side, the world Terra thought she knew begins to unravel. Soon her discoveries unearth a terrifying conspiracy that has the potential to shatter everything--a revelation that will test the bonds of loyalty, family, and love.
First things first--what was your biggest influence or inspiration for TERRA?
I guess my biggest influences would just be all the other amazing books I’ve read. I feel like that’s kind of a cheesy answer, but it’s true. Without all the incredible authors that have come before me, I don’t know that I’d have the guts or ambition to write my own novels!When you found out TERRA was to be published who did you tell first? What was their reaction?
I’m actually a self-published author, so the experience has been a little bit different for me than for other traditional writers. There wasn’t really any kind of “HOLY CRAP! I’M GONNA BE PUBLISHED!” moment, which sometimes I do wish I got, but instead it was a decision that I made very early on—I never submitted my novel to agents or publishing houses at all. So it was more like a goal I was working towards rather than me waiting for someone to hand over a reward, if that makes any sense. As for others’ reactions, when the first draft Terra was just about finished and I started telling people about my plans, though, they were all incredibly supportive.Before TERRA, what genre of book did you envision yourself writing? Was 'futuristic dystopian' your first thought when you began writing TERRA?
It was, actually! My story idea was always set as kind of a genre-straddling science fiction/dystopia, although the individual plot and characters did change a lot as the story progressed. I figured I should write what I like to read, and futuristic dystopia is definitely my favorite genre!If you were in Terra's position, would you question your comfortable (albeit kind of morally grey)
existence or would you just be glad not to be one of the many unfortunates?
I get asked a lot whether I think I would be one of the terrestrials—people who live on the ground, fending for themselves in a super harsh environment—or if I’d be a skydweller—those who live in luxury suspended in cities above the Earth. As much as I wish I could say that I could make it as a terrestrial, to be strong and a survivor, just like Terra, I’m not sure I’d make it. This might not make me sound particularly good, but I do think that I’d be “better” as a skydweller. Of course, luckily, that’s why characters like Terra, Mica, and Adam exist. They’re the ones strong enough to want to change the status quo.What has been the best part of being part of a blog tour? Any suggestions for authors embarking on one?
My favorite part about any blog tour is getting in touch with the wonderful bloggers and their terrific readers! Being able to connect with other people is one of the best parts about being a self-published author, too. Because there aren’t all these channels—agent, editor, publisher—between my readers and me, I feel really in touch and connected. It’s awesome to be able to answer people’s questions on Twitter myself, to respond to emails, and read notes of thanks and encouragement on Facebook! I wouldn’t have it any other way.Thank you so much for stopping by today Gretchen!
I admit I don't think I could ever make it in a future where I couldn't have creature comforts...you know those unnamed millions that tend to die first in dystopians? I'd be one of them.
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