Author Chat with Julia Keller (Dark Mind Rising), Plus Giveaway!

9780765387653_FC

Today we're excited to chat with Julia Keller, author of Dark Mind Rising!

Read on for more about Julia and her book plus an giveaway! 

 

 

 

 

Meet Julia Keller!

JULIA KELLER, winner of the Pulitzer Prize and former cultural critic at the Chicago Tribune, is the author of many books for adults and young readers, including A Killing in the Hills, the first book in the Bell Elkins series and winner of the Barry Award for Best First Novel, and The Dark Intercept. Keller has a Ph.D. in English literature from Ohio State and was awarded Harvard University’s Nieman Fellowship. She was born in West Virginia and lives in Ohio.

 

Website * Facebook * Twitter * Instagram

 

 

 

 

Meet Dark Mind Rising!

 Pulitzer Prize-winning author Julia Keller continues her Dark Intercept science fiction series with Dark Mind Rising, a thrilling, speculative murder mystery set in a chilling future where citizens believe they're free after years of emotional surveillance only to discover a killer is targeting their deepest fears.

When the state is no longer watching, what will you give to feel safe?

New Earth, 2296. Two years after the destruction of a universal surveillance system called the Intercept, New Earth struggles to keep crime under control. The citizens are free, but not protected. 

Violet Crowley, the eighteen-year-old daughter of New Earth's founder, has opened Crowley & Associates, a private detective agency, to handle the overflow from the overburdened police force. 

Violet's first case—a death written off as a suicide—becomes an obsession. Soon a series of similar deaths leads Violet to believe the Intercept is not only still running—it's in the hands of a killer. 

 

Amazon * B & N Indiebound

 

 

 

 

 

~ Author Chat ~

 

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

I love mysteries, and I love science fiction. So I went into my laboratory on a lonely, storm-shredded night and mixed a smattering of one, a pinch of the other, plus dribs and dashes of odd elixirs stored in unlabeled vials and bubbling vats around the room, and – poof! Out came DARK MIND RISING.

 

 

YABC:   Who is your favorite character in the book?

I want to say Violet, the main character, but honesty demands that I say Rez. He’s trying to atone for something bad he did. He comes up with a crazy idea that people make fun of – but he sticks to his vision.

 

 

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

Title. I’ve had certain titles in my head since I was a kid, and had to wait impatiently for my future self to write the books so I could slap the beloved titles on them.

 

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

Gotta be the one where . . . Wait. I can’t tell you. It would give away too much of the plot. Read the book and then come back, and we’ll talk.

 

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

To just keep going. I love the line from the poet Theodore Roethke: “I learn by going where I have to go.” Leave Google Maps behind. Don’t worry about the destination. Just go. Just write. And keep writing.

 

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

Everything. The covers of both DARK MIND RISING and the first book in the trilogy, THE DARK INTERCEPT, perfectly capture the mood: a techno-bright future – brooded over by shadowy, it-might-go-another-way hint of disaster.

 

 

YABC:    What new release book are you looking most forward to in 2018?

How much time do you have? The list is stupendously long.

YABC:    What was your favorite book in 2017?

I love Jennifer Egan’s novels, and I adored MANHATTAN BEACH. For non-fiction, I was enthralled by WHY WE SLEEP by Matthew Walker. I’m sort of obsessed with sleep these days – why do we need it, anyway? -- and it’s great to have a neuroscientist explain it.

YABC:    What’s up next for you?

The third book in my trilogy, DARK STAR CALLING. Plus the next book in my mystery series for adults, THE COLD WAY HOME.

 

 

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

If you mean about my own work – nope, that about covers it. If you mean about the world in general – let me quote the late singer and songwriter Phil Ochs: “Ah, but in such an ugly time, the true protest is beauty.”

 

 

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

What an apt question – because the DARK INTERCEPT trilogy is actually about emotions, and how they can sometimes overwhelm us. People die in DARK MIND RISING, and I always find death scenes hard to write. Even though the characters are fictional, they are real to me – and I mourn them.

 

 

YABC:    Which character gave you the most trouble when writing your latest book?

Violet. She’s too much like me. So I get impatient with her, and when she’s doing something stupid, I find myself muttering, “Snap out of it!”

 

 

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

Revising. Revising. And did I say “revising”? Okay, I’ll say it again: REVISING.

YABC:   What would you say is your superpower?

I have to say that it’s my ability to unpeel the plastic wrapper from a miniature Kit Kat bar with one hand while typing with the other – and not getting chocolate on the keyboard.

 

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

My local animal shelter, from which I obtained my dog, a beautiful black-haired mutt named Eddie. He’s under my desk right now, snoozing away, curled up in a tight little ball of fabulousness.

 

Dark Mind Rising

Author: Julia Keller

Publisher: Tor Teen

Release Date: November 13th, 2018

 

 

 

 

*GIVEAWAY DETAILS* 

Five winners will each receive a copy of The Dark Intercept & Dark Mind Rising (Julia Keller) ~ US Only

 

*Click the Rafflecopter link below to enter the giveaway*

 

a Rafflecopter giveaway

 

 

 

 

Top Ten Tuesday ~ Top Ten Backlist Books That I Wa...
What's New In YA ~ November 5th, 2018

Related Posts

 

Comments 8

Already Registered? Login Here
Candice Gigous on Wednesday, 07 November 2018 08:01

The cover is eye-catching and futuristic. The synopsis is very compelling. This book is going on my to-read list.

0
The cover is eye-catching and futuristic. The synopsis is very compelling. This book is going on my to-read list.
Debra Branigan on Wednesday, 07 November 2018 18:41

The cover is very interesting and will catch the interest of your Sci-Fi YA readers. Storyline is compelling. I am interested in this series.

0
The cover is very interesting and will catch the interest of your Sci-Fi YA readers. Storyline is compelling. I am interested in this series.
Kara S on Friday, 09 November 2018 03:39

I'm not that into the cover, but the story sounds thrilling. Plus, I like this author! Thanks for this! Cheers, Kara S

0
I'm not that into the cover, but the story sounds thrilling. Plus, I like this author! Thanks for this! Cheers, Kara S
Penny Olson on Saturday, 01 December 2018 00:05

I like the dark, futuristic cover. I'm really interested in a murder mystery set in the future. I like sci-fi and mysteries.

0
I like the dark, futuristic cover. I'm really interested in a murder mystery set in the future. I like sci-fi and mysteries.
Hannah on Sunday, 02 December 2018 17:09

The cover is cool and futuristic. Synopsis sounds great

0
The cover is cool and futuristic. Synopsis sounds great
Dan Denman on Tuesday, 04 December 2018 09:42

I like the images in the book cover. This sounds like a good science fiction adventure.

0
I like the images in the book cover. This sounds like a good science fiction adventure.
Danielle Hammelef on Tuesday, 04 December 2018 18:10

I like the cover and the synopsis sounds exciting.

0
I like the cover and the synopsis sounds exciting.
Michelle Catallo on Thursday, 06 December 2018 23:30

The cover and synopsis feed off of each other well; the synopsis is written with the right type and amount of adjectives that pull me in. The genre has always been one of my favorites.

0
The cover and synopsis feed off of each other well; the synopsis is written with the right type and amount of adjectives that pull me in. The genre has always been one of my favorites.

FEATURED GIVEAWAYS

Latest Book Listings Added

Beauty Mark: A Verse Novel of Marilyn Monroe
 
0.0
 
0.0 (0)
In a powerful novel in verse, an award-winning author offers...
 
0.0
 
0.0 (0)
Anger, hurt, and rejection threaten Joshua’s ability to save the...
 
0.0
 
0.0 (0)
Bernita, a teenager from a prominent South American family, knows...
 
0.0
 
0.0 (0)
How do you fix a computer glitch that disappears before...
Hope in the Mail: Reflections on Writing and Life
 
5.0
 
0.0 (0)
Part writing guide and part memoir, this inspiring book from...
Daniela and the Pirate Girls
 
3.5
 
0.0 (0)
Who hasn’t heard of the legendary vessel, the Black Croc!...
Child of Galaxies
 
4.0
 
0.0 (0)
Your body was made from the stuff of the stars,...
Shy Ones
 
5.0
 
0.0 (0)
He's not the type to stand out. In fact, unless...
You Brought Me the Ocean
 
3.7
 
0.0 (0)
The voices that shaped LGBTQ Young Adult literature, Lambda Award-Winning...
The Most Dangerous Place on Earth
 
2.0
 
0.0 (0)
In an idyllic community of wealthy California families, new teacher...
Slamdown Town
 
4.0
 
0.0 (0)
Ollie and his older brother, Hollis, have wrestling in their...
The Speed of Starlight: An Exploration of Physics, Sound, Light, and Space
 
5.0
 
0.0 (0)
A contemporary exploration of physics, light, and sound told through...
1,000 Facts About Ancient Egypt
 
5.0
 
0.0 (0)
Mummies, pyramids, pharaohs, King Tut! Kids everywhere are fascinated by...
Pumpkinheads
 
4.7
 
0.0 (0)
Deja and Josiah are seasonal best friends. ...
Ragweed and Poppy
 
3.5
 
0.0 (0)
The first new book about Poppy in more than ten...
Burn
 
3.7
 
0.0 (0)
On a cold Sunday evening in early 1957, Sarah Dewhurst...

Latest Member Reviews

Hope in the Mail: Reflections on Writing and Life
 
5.0
"HOPE IN THE MAIL is an autobiographical account of the author’s life as it relates to her writing. Wendelin Van..."
Crave
 
4.3
"After the death of her parents, Grace comes to an Alaskan boarding school. Once there, she senses something is 'off'..."
Daniela and the Pirate Girls
 
3.5
"DANIELA AND THE PIRATE GIRLS is a fun high-seas adventure about helping others and making new friends. Daniela is the..."
Child of Galaxies
 
4.0
"CHILD OF GALAXIES is a lovely poem about life and the broad meaning of it all. The poem begins by..."
Shy Ones
 
5.0
"SHY ONES is a sweet look at friendship and the people (or sea creatures) who are shy. The story is..."
Once Upon an Eid
 
5.0
"This collection has a wide variety of stories about different aspects of Eid, and is particularly poignant during this time..."
You Brought Me the Ocean
 
3.7
"YOU BROUGHT ME THE OCEAN is a graphic novel of the origin story for Aqualad. Jake is 17 and living..."
The Suicide Journal
 
4.8
"The Suicide Journal is novella centered around a teenager named Cal. The story essentially centers around Cal's decision to kill..."
The Most Dangerous Place on Earth
 
2.0
" I received a free copy from the publisher through Netgalley. The Most Dangerous Place on Earth centers around a..."
Slamdown Town
 
4.0
"Ollie is in 6th grade and is small for his age. His older brother, Hollis, is in 8th, and has..."
The Speed of Starlight: An Exploration of Physics, Sound, Light, and Space
 
5.0
"Seriously, this book is huge and gorgeous on a creative level, and a treasure trove of knowledge on an academic..."
1,000 Facts About Ancient Egypt
 
5.0
"1,000 Facts about Ancient Egypt is a National Geographic KIDS book chock full of amazing facts about one of the..."
Pumpkinheads
 
4.7
"I am pretty new to graphic novels so when I won a copy of 'Pumpkin Heads' on GoodReads I was..."
Ragweed and Poppy
 
3.5
"RAGWEED AND POPPY is an interesting middle grade novel that follows Ragweed, a mouse who is on a journey. Ragweed..."
Burn
 
3.7
"BURN imagines a world that is just like ours, except that dragons exist. Dragons have been around for longer than..."
Legacy of Light (Legends of the Tri-Gard Book 2)
 
4.8
"FEEDBACK Well, this story has gone in a completely different direction than I expected it to. Davion didn’t die..."
Rising
 
4.0
"The story: In a dystopian future, the former state of Alaska is now home to what remains..."
Call of the Rift: Flight
 
4.3
"The Call of the Rift: Flight by Jae Waller is the first book in an alternate-historical fantasy about Kateiko, a..."
The Right Place
 
3.5
"THE RIGHT PLACE is a picture book that stresses the importance of friends and home. Squirrel wakes up after a..."
I'm Sorry!
 
5.0
"I'M SORRY! is a fantastic picture book about apologizing and compromise. Swoop and Scribble are an owl and squirrel who..."