Author Of The Week: Chat with Brendan Reichs (Nemesis), Plus Giveaway!!

Author Of The Week: Chat with Brendan Reichs (Nemesis), Plus Giveaway!!

Welcome to our weekly special feature post, Author Of The Week!!

Each week we will be interviewing a different YA author and highlighting their upcoming release!

We will also be hosting a giveaway of the book we are highlighting!!

 

 

Introducing Brendan Reichs, YABC's Author of the Week!!

Brendan Reichs was born and raised in Charlotte, North Carolina. He graduated from Wake Forest University in 2000 and The George Washington University School of Law in 2006. After three long years working as a litigation attorney, he abandoned the trade to write full time. He lives in Charlotte with his wife, son, daughter, and a herd of animals that tear up everything.

 

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Meet Nemesis!!

Orphan Black meets Lord of the Flies in this riveting new thriller from the co-author of the Virals series. 

It's been happening since Min was eight. Every two years, on her birthday, a strange man finds her and murders her in cold blood. But hours later, she wakes up in a clearing just outside her tiny Idaho hometown—alone, unhurt, and with all evidence of the horrifying crime erased.

Across the valley, Noah just wants to be like everyone else. But he’s not. Nightmares of murder and death plague him, though he does his best to hide the signs. But when the world around him begins to spiral toward panic and destruction, Noah discovers that people have been lying to him his whole life. Everything changes in an eye blink.

For the planet has a bigger problem. The Anvil, an enormous asteroid threatening all life on Earth, leaves little room for two troubled teens. Yet on her sixteenth birthday, as she cowers in her bedroom, hoping not to die for the fifth time, Min has had enough. She vows to discover what is happening in Fire Lake and uncovers a lifetime of lies: a vast conspiracy involving the sixty-four students of her sophomore class, one that may be even more sinister than the murders.

 

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YABC:   What gave you the inspiration to write this book?

I really wanted to write a conspiracy book. I grew up on shows like the X-Files and Lost, so I wanted to recreate that feeling where everything is suspect, that things are happening around you that you can’t trust or explain, where even the world you are inhabiting might not be what it seems. I also wanted to explore the fundamental concept of the permanence of death. What would it feel like if suddenly that didn’t apply to you?    
 

YABC:   Who is your favorite character in the book?

With apologies to Noah and Tack, Min is my favorite character in the book. She is strong but flawed, distrustful but empathetic, and, above all, suspicious of what’s happening around her. Min is not to be trifled with, as she exhibits many times, and was a delight to write. But I think Tack’s dark sarcasm is vital to the story, and Noah brings a fragility I found somewhat novel to explore in a male point-of-view character.

 

YABC:   Which came first, the title or the novel?

Honestly? The title. Without spoiling things, I knew exactly when the last piece had fallen into place, and that Nemesis was the next book I had to write. This point directly relates to the title, which readers will see within the final twists and turns, and hopefully enjoy.

 

YABC:   What scene in the book are you most proud of, and why?

The opening scene. I think it sets the tone for the entire book, and shows immediately what’s at stake for Min on her birthdays. I’ve not personally read anything exactly like it before, so it was important for me to get it right. I hope readers are both shocked and horrified, but also ready to figure out what just happened, and why.

 

YABC:   Thinking way back to the beginning, what’s the most important thing you've learned as a writer from then to now?

Accept critique. Share your work. The more eyes a manuscript receives, the stronger it becomes. 

 

YABC:   What do you like most about the cover of the book?

I absolute love this cover. Dana Li got it exactly right. I like the sense of menace it provides, and the strong contrast between the red and white spaces. The bullet holes reflect the danger lurking within the pages, and the tag line says everything I wanted to say in three short sentences. I could not be happier with it. 

 

YABC:   What new release book are you looking most forward to in 2017?

I am intensely eager to get my hands on The Last King of Osten Ard, by Tad Williams. Growing up, my favorite book was the Dragonbone Chair, and that series defined epic fantasy for me for a long time. I can’t believe he is returning to the storyline after over two decades, but I'm first in line. Those books made me a reader, and lit the fire inside me to become a writer.

 


YABC:   What was your favorite book in 2016?

Illuminae and Gemina by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman. Rarely do I read books as original and inventive as this space-based disaster saga. The series has strong characters and incredible action scenes despite being contructed entirely from collected documents in a non-tradtional narrative. I couldn’t stop reading it.

 

YABC:   What’s up next for you?

The sequel to Nemesis, tentatively titled Genesis. I’m crafting the second draft right now, and can tell you frankly that it get messy for these teens, fast. 

 

YABC:   Is there anything that you would like to add?

Beets are disgusting.

 

YABC:   Which was the most difficult or emotional scene to narrate? 

Some of the flashback scenes in Min’s section involve terrible things that happened to her as child. As parent, drafting a few of them left a mark. But I think they add a layer to her story that would be lacking otherwise. 

 

YABC:   Which part of the writing process do you enjoy more: Drafting or Revising?

Whichever one I’m not doing at that moment.

 

YABC:   What would you say is your superpower?

The power to nap anywhere at any time.

 

YABC:   Is there an organization or cause that is close to your heart?

I'm an ardent supporter of the ASPCA and the Humane Society, and remind everyone to speak up and stand up for creatures that can’t do so for themselves.  

 

 

Nemesis

By: Brendan Reichs

Publisher: G.P. Putnam Books For Young Readers

Release Date: March 21st, 2017

 

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Comments 12

John on Monday, 13 March 2017 18:15

I thought the cover was intriguing, and the synopsis more so!

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I thought the cover was intriguing, and the synopsis more so!
Julie on Monday, 20 March 2017 19:13

I like the synopsis a lot. I like intriguing stories with a lot of mystery to them! I like the cover; it seems like it fits the story.

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I like the synopsis a lot. I like intriguing stories with a lot of mystery to them! I like the cover; it seems like it fits the story.
Danielle Hammelef on Wednesday, 22 March 2017 11:41

The cover definitely fits the synopsis. This sounds like a scary book to read, but that also means it will be exciting and fun to read (with the lights on and my golden retriever next to me).

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The cover definitely fits the synopsis. This sounds like a scary book to read, but that also means it will be exciting and fun to read (with the lights on and my golden retriever next to me).
Delaney on Wednesday, 22 March 2017 12:12

I thought this was a really interesting interview! I have one objection though: beets are not disgusting.

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I thought this was a really interesting interview! I have one objection though: beets are not disgusting.
Anne on Thursday, 23 March 2017 00:39

Not a fan of the cover but I like the synopsis. I would love to read this book!

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Not a fan of the cover but I like the synopsis. I would love to read this book!
Susan T. on Sunday, 26 March 2017 14:59

OMG! I am so dying for this book! I love the unique and strange cover and it sounds like such a great, creepy thriller!

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OMG! I am so dying for this book! I love the unique and strange cover and it sounds like such a great, creepy thriller!
Kristy Petree on Wednesday, 29 March 2017 01:32

The cover is really neat and I love the synopsis (love a good YA thriller). Thanks!

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The cover is really neat and I love the synopsis (love a good YA thriller). Thanks!
Lily M. on Saturday, 01 April 2017 01:48

Once I read the synopsis I knew that I must check this book out ?

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Once I read the synopsis I knew that I must check this book out ?
Courtney Haas on Tuesday, 04 April 2017 14:37

I love the cover, want to know if it's 3d or really torn lol

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I love the cover, want to know if it's 3d or really torn lol
Dan Denman on Saturday, 08 April 2017 15:27

It's a very cool book cover. The synopsis has me wanting to read this. I think that I will like the characters and the storyline.

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It's a very cool book cover. The synopsis has me wanting to read this. I think that I will like the characters and the storyline.
Caity Dooley on Monday, 10 April 2017 22:05

the cover is really pretty and the story sounds really intriguing

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the cover is really pretty and the story sounds really intriguing
Nancy Hernandez on Wednesday, 12 April 2017 20:00

I like the cover and i have heard good things about this book.

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I like the cover and i have heard good things about this book.

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