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 Michelle Lynn, YABC’s Author of the Week!!
Dawn of Rebellion is the first in a trilogy about two sisters, Dawn and Gabby, trying to find their way and their family in a desperate future. In this first book, they encounter the forces of British occupation and the seeds of rebellion in a land formerly known as America. Trust…Family…Love…
YABC: What gave you the inspiration to write this book?
So many things. I’ve loved reading since I was very young, but I needed it in a different way than most people. I’ve been sick since I was eight-years-old. My illness gave me episodes where all I could do was lay in bed. For me, reading was the only thing that helped me escape my own reality. My illness got better for a number of years, but after college it came back with a vengeance. For six months, I could barely do anything. It was the hardest thing I’ve ever been through. So I’d occupy my mind with crafting a story. When I started writing it down, it helped me break through the fog. This is super cheesy, but I always say it saved me in a way. Disability can be a dark place, but it wasn’t anymore. That’s why, no matter how many books I write, Dawn of Rebellion will always have the biggest piece of my heart.
YABC: Who is your favorite character in the book?
This is a tough one. I’d have to say Gabby. Weird fact – she’s actually named after my bird. Don’t worry, I asked permission. Haha.
Gabby’s story is kind of a tragic one. She’s raised her sister on the streets of London before being ripped away from her and thrown in a slave camp across the sea. In all my books, she’s still the strongest character I’ve ever written. But, she also has deep deep weaknesses. She fails to see the complexities in the war they’re waging and can be too trigger happy. She tends to give her loyalty to the wrong people while at the same time never trusting anyone to get close to her. She does a lot of really horrible things throughout the series and, if you make it that far, the end brings all of that to the front as she finally realizes what she’s been made to do.
YABC: Which came first, the title or the novel?
Definitely the novel. I had no clue what to call it. The working title was Extrication. Can you believe that? That’s just bad. Dawn of Rebellion is much better. To tell you a secret, the character of Dawn has her name changed to fit the title. I’d originally called her Tess.
YABC: What scene in the book are you most proud of, and why?
There are a couple of low key scenes where Dawn and Gabby are having simple conversations. The kind that sisters have. They’re sweet, with each looking out for the better, and you can practically feel how much they love each other. I don’t know if they’re the most well-written, but they’re the heart of the book.
YABC: What do you like most about the cover of the book?
There are a lot of little things you don’t see at first glance. My cover artist was brilliant. Dawn is the girl on the cover and she’s perfect. Showing through is a British flag as well as a beautiful scene showing a ruined building. There’s another ruin on the back, but you can only see that on the paperback. It depicts the story perfectly.
YABC: What new release book are you looking most forward to in 2016?
I’ve been waiting anxiously for the final book in the Fantasy of Frost series by Kelly St Clare.
YABC: What was your favorite book in 2015?
In 2015, I discovered a few really good series. Gaia’s secret by Barbara Kloss is the start to a great one. My favorite though would be the newest addition to the world of Fitz by Robin Hobb. She’s my favorite author by far.
YABC: What’s up next for you?
I just finished the third book in my romance series, new beginnings. There’s a short story that will round that out and then I’m doing another genre switch. I’m teaming up with YA dystopian author, Michelle Bryan, to write an epic fantasy series.
YABC: Which was the most difficult or emotional scene to narrate?
Deaths are always hard. I won’t tell you who, but there are two characters that die in Dawn of Rebellion and plenty more that do later in the series. It’s like saying goodbye to friends. I had to make sure each was necessary and each moved the story forward, but my characters are at war. Some have to die. It doesn’t make it any easier. Let’s just say I used a lot of tissues.
YABC: Which part of the writing process do you enjoy more: Drafting or Revising?
I love drafting because I get to create my world and just write. I can sit at my computer for hours and just hammer out the story. Revising for me is mainly just editing because my first drafts tend to be very similar to my final drafts.
Dawn Of Rebellion
By: Michelle Lynn
Release Date: December 18th, 2014
Five winners ~ One will get signed Dawn of Rebellion paperback. Four will get the entire series in ebook.
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