1. How did you come up with the title?
I believe I remember hearing the phrase and thought it fit and as the tensions in the book continued to rise with the characters the more I enjoyed it. Sorry there isn't much of a story behind this.
2. Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
I'm sure there are a couple of messages in End of the Line that other readings might find. That's one of the good things about reading. End of the Line is probably along the lines of: never give up; stick by your friends and family even if you aren't close with them; and lastly even in the worse situations love will still find you.
3. How much of the book is realistic?
With December 2012 approaching I'm hoping not really realistic! However I'm sure the emotional connection between the characters is realistic. The idea that people come together as trouble happens around them. That if you give a person you have known for years a chance they might surprise you still.
4. If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your book?
I got the chance. I was with a company with End of the Line, but then went Indie with it. I got a chance to really get the book edited and tweak scenes. I changed a character's name. Other then that I would probably never finish a book because I would always continue to edit things. After a certain point I have to be like okay and step away from it. No story is ever perfect, but I am happy with End of the Line.
5. What was the hardest part of writing your book?
Other than grammar, for me it was probably going through the second edition and fixing up parts. I changed the story line between Aaron and his enemy Dean Manson.
6. Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?
I honestly develop these characters, start writing then I lose all control to the story to them and they steer me. My characters like to surprise me, for me what surprised me was well a couple of things, firstly I honestly don't read this genre of books myself. I am not a big fan of distopian like books, I read them occasionally, but I was a little surprised that I wrote this genre. To further this I was a little surprised that I could write something with this kind of action.
7. Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
I had a nightmare that i kept having every couple of years. When I was seventeen I had the dream again, I couldn't concentrate in school and started writing the dream into a story.
8. Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
Oh I can only pick one? I'll settle for two, Laurie Faria Stolarz and Jennifer Echols. Both are very different from them. I love Stolarz wit, the characters she comes up with, and the sit on the edge of your seat thrills. Echols I love her plots and the funny humor that brings young love together.
9. Tell us your latest news.
I have a couple of stories in the mix right now, student teaching is slowing things down a little. However I have one literary fiction story (Beneath the Scars) my friend is proof reading right now so it's in the process of getting out there. It is my first real story where the characters are in their early teens. Second, my goal of finishing End of the Line's trilogy is moving along, I am working on the ending of Walking a thin Line (book 2).
10. Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
Never give up your dreams, because the best ones are worth fighting for.
About the Book
When so much is lost how does one to have the strength to move on? At seventeen Lauren was prepared for yet another year of school. Then asteroids hit, killing all of those she knew except for a few other teens from her neighborhood. Joining forces with her classmate Aaron, they work together on the journey in the hopes of finding more people that are alive. On the way, threats of starvation, illness, and freezing to death don’t compare to the danger of Dean Manson. Manson is an ex-con out for revenge against Aaron. With so much working against them these teens fight for everything even if it means denying their feelings just for the chance to see a new day.
Prices/Formats: $8.99 paperback, $0.99 ebook
Genre: Young Adult
Release Date: September 8, 2012
Buy Link: Amazon, Smashwords
About the Author
In a fantastical land where the weather is always changing, not too far from the beach and the moon is high in a freckling sky Ottilie lives. This land is call New Jersey where she has lived her whole life and she mostly grew up in Wall Township. Ottilie is currently studying History Education at The College of New Jersey. Writing helps as a procrastination tool and a savior to her sanity. Ottilie has major support from her caring, supportive family along with her loveable, insane friends.
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