Author Chat with A.K. Smith (Pseudocide), Plus Giveaway! ~ (US Only)
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Meet A.K. Smith!
Full of wanderlust and a professional sunset watcher, A.K. Smith writes twisty suspense books that will keep you up late. Her debut novel, A Deep Thing was awarded the Readers Favorite Gold Medal. A freelance travel writer (under another name), she loves to experience the world, and discover new settings to feature in her latest novels and articles. If she’s not on the water or in the water, she is looking at the water. She spends her days working remotely online in either Mexico on the Sea of Cortez, or in the desert or forests of Arizona. Beautiful settings provide thousands of story ideas that she can’t wait to get down on paper. She is convinced, her best life is with a beach, a book, and a blanket. Her big loves are her husband, family, friends, and kindness. Her goal is to step foot on every continent on Planet Earth (maybe even the moon) --she's slowly getting there.
SHE THOUGHT FAKING HER DEATH WAS THE ANSWER TO A NEW DESTINY
SHE WAS WRONG
PLAYING DEAD ISN’T EASY
Sunday Foster had THE PLAN.
Make it through the rest of high school, graduate and THE PLAN will begin. Only, fate chose a different path; one decision, one second changed everything, THE PLAN is ruined.
And then a new idea emerges.
What if you could escape your life? Change your name, where you live, and escape all the bad stuff that keeps happening.
Sunday decides in order to change her destiny she must fake her death and start a new life. Pseudocide not suicide.
Sunday has secrets, but she’s not the only one.
That’s when Sunday must decide how far she will go to hide the truth.
Plans never work out quite the way you expect.
Sometimes you have to die to survive.
~ Author Chat ~
YABC: What gave you the inspiration to write this book?
Did you ever have a day that you wish you could push reset? On one of those days, I read an article about a man who faked his death and got caught. His reset didn’t work, which started my interest in Pseudocide, “those who fake their death”. I imagined a character who was younger and needed to push reset and start all over. There are numerous stories in history of men and women faking their death and starting over again. As technology progresses, and humans create more and more digital footprints, it will become difficult to accomplish this. We are tracked by our digital footprints.
Because of technology, and for the integrity of the story, my main character had to be a teenager. Digital footprints of an adult are much harder to erase. The first few drafts were written before the pandemic, and as the pandemic of 2020 exploded, I tried to rewrite the manuscript and set it during pandemic times. It didn’t work. In the year of the pandemic, we are all more connected by technology than ever before, even children with online learning. So, the novel starts right before the pandemic.
As I googled ‘how to fake your death’, ‘gun violence” and ‘radical and domestic terrorism’ theories, I was concerned what my digital footprint must look like! I’m still hoping I’m not on a government watchlist. My wish is to take my readers on a journey from Sunday’s point of view. I hope this book makes you feel. There are social issues such as bullying, racism, sexual assault, domestic abuse, and gun violence, which unfortunately are all too real in today’s world. But at the heart of the story, there is a strong young protagonist who doesn’t give up. For anyone who has experienced any of those issues, please know you are not alone. Talk to someone. There are resources in the back of the book to help anyone who needs to talk.
YABC: Who is your favorite character in the book?
Sunday the main character, is my favorite character because she is strong and trying to change her destiny. But I also like Hudson. I would like to spend a day with Hudson. I printed out a picture of him from the internet that captured Hudson. He was sitting in front of me when I wrote his chapters. And, if you read the book, you would understand, I would like to go on “Hudson’s Ten Buck Tour” in Las Vegas.
YABC: Which came first, the title or the novel?
The title. I was fascinated with the word Pseudocide. I want readers to have to think about the word and what it means. Most people do not know what the definition is. I thought about calling the book, Playing Dead or You’re not really dead, are you? But I pictured the cover and just couldn’t change it.
YABC: What scene in the book are you most proud of, and why?
I love the ending, but I can’t tell you why or I would be spoiling the conclusion.
YABC: Thinking way back to the beginning, what’s the most important thing you've learned as a writer from then to now?
That writing the book is just step one. My debut novel, A Deep Thing, was traditionally published by a small press less than five years ago. My new release, Pseudocide, is independently published by my publishing company, Books with Soul® Press. Writing the book is the very first step in a long line of steps to publication. You might have an awesome story, an edited draft, but you have to work hard to market it and put it out there. The good news is that there is a whole community of writers to help you.
YABC: What do you like most about the cover of the book?
It’s haunting. My favorite books to read are full of twisty suspense, and if they have a beach, an island, or an ocean in the setting, I’m in. I like the water and the woods which are both settings in the book.
YABC: What’s up next for you?
I’m working on a twisty suspense novel, set on a true to life island in the middle of the sea, with a medical school. I will be visiting that island for background and research.
YABC: What would you say is your superpower?
I’m great a figuring out twists in novels and films and can usually predict how a story will end. I hope no one else has my superpower.
YABC: Is there an organization or cause that is close to your heart?
I volunteered at an Alice Paul House Crisis Center in graduate school in Indiana, Pa. Unfortunately, I witnessed abuse and sad stories. But, I also witnessed resilient teens and women that became survivors with a story to tell, and a strong ladder to climb. Teens, women, and any person that has been a victim of abuse need to know they are not alone. They are survivors, their story might just help someone else out. I have a list of awesome resources in the back of the novel, just in case some of the social issues mentioned stir up issues.
By: A.K. Smith
Release Date: June 24th, 2021
Publisher: Books With Soul® Press
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Love the book cover. That bit of red makes you focus in on the stark white of the character. It makes me wonder what is so terrible in her life she would want to fake her own death. It also makes me wonder what problems must follow a decision like that.