Author Chat with Julia Keller (Dark Mind Rising), Plus Giveaway!
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.
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.
~ 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
Five winners will each receive a copy of The Dark Intercept & Dark Mind Rising (Julia Keller) ~ US Only
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The cover is eye-catching and futuristic. The synopsis is very compelling. This book is going on my to-read list.
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.
I'm not that into the cover, but the story sounds thrilling. Plus, I like this author! Thanks for this! Cheers, Kara S
I like the dark, futuristic cover. I'm really interested in a murder mystery set in the future. I like sci-fi and mysteries.
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.