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.
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.
YABC: What gave you the inspiration to write this book?
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.
By: Brendan Reichs
Publisher: G.P. Putnam Books For Young Readers
Release Date: March 21st, 2017
Three winners will receive a SIGNED copy of Nemesis (Brendan Reichs) ~ (International)
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