Friday, February 15, 2013

Shawnda Currie - Altered: Revelations of the Evolved - Author Interview

Author Interview 

1. How did you come up with the title?
The main storyline is about the recruitment of sixteen year old Lacey, with the hope that she is the key to prevent a large scale event in order to “change” the outcome of the future. Originally I had the one word title “Altered” but at the urging of my publisher, added the subtitle “Revelations of the Evolved” in order to have more tag words.

2. Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
The primary theme is that even when current situations seem bleak, we all have a purpose in life and a reason for our existence. Secondary themes include; overcoming grief, trusting your instincts, teamwork, believing in yourself and the power of love.

3. How much of the book is realistic?
Very little of the book is realistic. Taylor is a time traveller sent back to enlist the help of Lacey, a girl with amazing psychic abilities, that she doesn’t even know exists.

4. If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your book?
I am quite happy with the way the book turned out, however, if I had to do it all over again I would go into greater detail about certain characters. I would also add more dialogue and dwell deeper into the subconscious of Lacey. 

5. What was the hardest part of writing your book?
As I work full time in the military and have a family, finding the time to actually write the book was the hardest. I carried around a notepad and often jotted down ideas as they came to me. Sometimes I would write paragraphs while attending my son’s ball hockey games (in between his shifts of course). It was also difficult to come up with plausible explanations in regards to the mechanisms of time travel.

6. Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?
I learned that it is a beautiful thing to see your book come together; start, middle and end. The countless hours spent tweaking things was all worth it to come up with a final product that I am very proud of.

7. Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
English was always my favorite subject in school. I used to tell my friends that I was going to write a book one day. I’m not getting any younger, so finally a few years ago I came up with a storyline and started putting pen to paper. Now I’ve written two books and am half way through the third. I will never stop writing!

8. Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
My favorite author is Alyson Noël. It started with the first book of the immortals series, “Evermore.” Now I’m hooked on her “the soul seekers” series. She just has a way of stringing words and phrases together plus her storylines keep my interest. Her books are real page turners.

9. Tell us your latest news.
Well, I currently live in Ontario, Canada. My husband is also in the military. We move every three years or so (we’ve lived in Alberta, Nova Scotia, Ontario and Manitoba). This summer we are going to move once again to British Columbia which is very exciting. The mountains are beautiful. I look forward to taking some pictures that might be used for covers of future books.

10. Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
I have always considered myself as an entertainer. Usually I’m the class clown and laugh at anything and everything. Through my writing, I hope to entertain my readers. Even if only a handful enjoy my book then it was all worth it! I would like to thank my readers for their support. It warms my heart when I receive feedback on my blog or Shawnda Currie Books facebook page.

About the Book

Abandoned by her family, Lacey is sent to a juvenile detention center known as Clear Waters. Her teen years don't look promising until she is befriended by a mysterious stranger named Taylor, a gorgeous guy whose captivating eyes seem to stare into her soul. Convinced she is in danger at Clear Waters, Lacey joins Taylor in a daring escape. As she meets Taylor's group of friends, she discovers that they're more than they seem – they've been sent from the future to head off an evil corporate plot that will lead toa world war unless averted. With Lacey as their only hope to prevent a grim future, Taylor shows Lacey how to tap into her psychic abilities known in his time as evolved humans. Travelling with her new friends, she discovers the magic of love while she grows into the powerful warrior chosen to make the difference to the world!

Prices/Formats: $2.99 ebook, $9.99 paperback
Pages: 214
Genre: YA / Science Fiction / Fantasy
Publisher: Flea Circus Press
Release Date: September 2, 2012
Buy Links: Kindle, Amazon

About the Author

I have been a Resource Management Support Clerk in the Canadian Armed Forces for just over six years. I am also a wife and a mother to two wonderful boys. Altered – Revelations of the Evolved is the first book of The Evolved Trilogy. I have also published the second book, Broken – Afflictions of the Evolved and am working hard on the final instalment, Choices – Complications of the Evolved. If I didn’t move around so often I would have a house full of animals but for now I have two cats, both we got as kittens from The Humane Society. I am also a book hoarder.

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