Author Chat with S. Behr (Power Divided)(The Evolutionaries, #1), Plus Giveaway!
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Read on for more about S Behr and her book, plus an giveaway.
Meet S Behr!
Melissa de la Cruz is the #1 New York Times, #1 Publisher's Weekly, and #1 IndieBound bestselling author of many critically acclaimed and award-winning novels for readers of all ages including Alex and Eliza, The Descendants, The Witches of East End, and Blue Bloods. Her more than 30 books have also topped the USA Today, Wall Street Journal, and Los Angeles Times bestseller lists and have been published in over 20 countries.
Meet Power Divided!
Violet is the princess of Neyr, the third of the Nine Realms of Amera. At least, she was until the day came when Violet was to demonstrate her abilities to the people and solidify her place in Ameran Society.
The citizens of Amera have extraordinary abilities, from living on the ocean floor to flying in the air.
But no one can turn back time.
When the unthinkable happens, tearing her heart and her family in two, Violet flees and is unable to escape a tidal wave of events that brings her face to face with forgotten truths buried for millennia.
Only the discovery of a thousand lifetimes may provide the key to her return home.
When old enemies arrive on the shores of Neyr, distrust and prejudice resurface. Secrets begin to explode all around Violet, setting her world on fire, and those she loves fall into the sights of a terrorists’ plan to eradicate their enemies. But Amera stands in their way, and with no mercy, the enemy is willing to go through the innocent to get what they want.
Violet turns to her best friend Lily, and a few unexpected new friends,
who band together to save what they can of her realm, and the rest of Amera.
But in the storm that has turned her world upside down, will Violet be able to overcome the nightmare of her past in order to save the future of everyone in Amera, and perhaps the world?
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~ Author Chat ~
YABC: What gave you the inspiration to write this book?
I have a love of photography that took me into a world of telling stories in a fraction of a second. It trained my brain to see the stories in the light.
After Howie and I were married, we, unfortunately, became a statistic, and part of the peanut parents club. If you don’t know what that is, you are lucky.
I started having dreams about the babies I lost and imagined what their lives might have been like. Then one day, I decided that if it took me forever, I would learn to write and give our peanuts a life beyond imagination.
Violet is what we would have named our daughter. So this series is for her.
YABC: Who is your favorite character in the book?
I have to say that I love most of my characters. They all have backstories that I don’t share because on days I can’t write, I work on their life stories. Like how they hate long walks on the beach, or their favorite food is apples.
Aside from the obvious MC Violet that I have many reasons to love, another character I love is Hailey. She is an A.I. whose name is an acronym for Holographic Artificial Intelligence Entity. The day I found I could make that work, I celebrated with an ice cream sandwich! Hailey, in my real life, is our first dog. She was a bridesmaid at our wedding and is credited for keeping Howie and I married because she did not allow arguing. If we disagreed, we had to whisper, or she would get between us and bark so loud you forgot why you were mad in the first place.
She was with us for almost eighteen years, and we cherished her for her endless love of life and her energy. I spend every day hoping to grow up to be her. My character Hailey is described in Hailey’s likeness, tawny skin, brown eyes, and a perfect smile. Hailey, the dog, was even more beautiful than that. She was the smartest creature I knew, and she knew things before they were going to happen. She had a vocabulary of over three hundred words she understood. If she met someone new, she could learn their name and bring them the toy we asked her to give them.
Howie tried to teach her how to open a beer, but I said that she was too young and that it was bad for her teeth. We shut that down pretty fast.
So writing about Hailey, the character, is all the things I always imagined Hailey would say to me with her knowing looks, her endless optimism, and her inspiring determination.
If that makes me a crazy dog lady then I accept that. She was worth it.
YABC: Which came first, the title or the novel?
Definitely the novel, I had my beta readers vote on the title!
YABC: What scene in the book are you most proud of, and why?
I have a few I love, but I think that the last chapter was the most satisfying. Not because I finished the book, but the last few pages were only written twice and haven’t been changed since. The second try I knew was the right one, and it stuck, and even now, when I read it, it still gives me chills.
YABC:Thinking way back to the beginning, what’s the most important thing you've learned as a writer from then to now?
I think the most important thing is that every story has been written. It’s like music, nothing is truly original. My husband proves that to me by using the same three chords and singing me no less than ten 80s’ ballads.
The thing is, how the story moves and flows is up to you. You, as the author, are the one who gets to decide what this world, this universe is going to be.
There are no magic tricks, no formulas, you have to know what you want out of a book, and work at it. For me, I had to read something like three hundred different series to decide what worked best for me. Now, when I read Power Divided, I am filled with pride.
So what is most important to me now versus then? Back then, I thought I had to write a bestseller. Now I believe I just have to write a book that makes me proud to stamp my name across it.
YABC: What do you like most about the cover of the book?
The cover has a lot of symbolism to me. What I love about it is the balance, symmetry, and vibrance. It catches my eye, and the touches J. Caleb Clarke put on it were genius. I can’t wait to show you the next one!
YABC: What’s on your TBR pile?
Oh gosh! Well, that is the question I ask myself every day. Right now, I am working on Book Two of the Evolutionaries, and if this lockdown continues much longer, I’ll likely go for completing the series this year instead of next year.
After that, I have another series, all plotted out, for our other peanut. His name is Walker. But that will be a year from now at least.
So, as you can imagine, I plan to be busy writing. If I find time to read in-between everything else, I do have Horizon by Josin L. McQuein, and the new Shatter Me books by T. Mafi on my to-read list.
YABC: What’s a book you’ve recently read and loved?
The one thing you don’t expect when you start marketing your writing is how many books you are going to get to read! So many in different stages! I would have to say, though, heartbreakingly, I have read very little in the last few months. But my most recent reads, some by new and aspiring artists are Redeeming Grace, by Gina Salamon and Smoke Tree by Stefanie Nici, and a great kids book called Bipolar Bear, by Vicki Rimmel. (I can’t help but read something with the word bear in it.)
YABC: What’s up next for you?
I am trying to finish my first draft of Book Two of the Evolutionaries to turn in to my editor, as well as start Book Three. I am also a full-time wedding photographer, so come August, I go back to being a wedding photographer for a few months! It’s good exercise. If I have finished Book Three by then, then I plan to move on to my new series.
YABC: Is there anything that you would like to add?
I have learned that it doesn’t matter if a particular book is something I would love to read for me to appreciate the effort that went into it. I have tremendous respect for all writers, poets, bloggers, journalists, etc. Whatever it is they write, I am supremely impressed. The courage, the work, the imagination, all the things that have to come together for someone to put themselves out there and write is enormous. I never imagined what it took until I went through it myself. I am forever humbled by anyone who dares to write, no matter on what level, or how successful they are in the eyes of the world or their own.
To anyone wanting to write, be fearless. Don’t let anything stand in your way if this what you want. A good friend once said, if you are feeling discouraged, take the dis and throw it away, and turn what’s left into courage. I try to remember that every day. Thanks, Kojo!
YABC: Which was the most difficult or emotional scene to narrate?
All of them! Haha. Probably the first chapter. I worried about it for months. Was it interesting? Does it hook? I easily rewrote that chapter twenty times.
YABC: Which character gave you the most trouble when writing your latest book?
Now that I am writing a sequel, my MC is a little troublesome! She is in a state of flux. I love her, and I want her to be so much, but in order for it to make sense, I have to keep it real, and that means I have to stop and think, and rewrite things repeatedly.
YABC: Which part of the writing process do you enjoy more: Drafting or revising?
Revising. It means it’s mostly done! Haha, my editor Gina, is one of the people I trust the most when it comes to my writing, so until I can get a draft to her, I am plagued with self-doubt. Once I hear her advice, then I feel like, okay, I have a game plan that isn’t based on my own crazy thoughts!
YABC: What would you say is your superpower?
I used to think my superpower was my mnemonist ability. I could learn the name of every person in a twenty-five-person wedding party in a snap. It was spooky. However, I had a pretty bad concussion last fall, and that steel cage grasp on memory I had is now a little rusty and has a few leaks. I am hopeful that with time it will get better. Otherwise, I will have to write their names down from now on!
YABC: Is there an organization or cause that is close to your heart?
Gosh, there are so many! Truly there are things I wish I had the time, money, energy, courage to commit to. I do what I can, which is not much, but I donate to what causes I can and hope one day I can do more and also volunteer.
I am a huge animal lover. Anyone who knows me knows why I am always covered in dog hair! And cat hair. I support local no-kill shelters, and we try to educate people by suggesting amazing reads if they are looking for an addition to their family. We also donate to as many adoption groups as we can.
I live in Houston, and cancer is a big thing here. We have a huge cancer community because of our leading cancer treatment centers, so I definitely feel an affinity to want to do more to aid in research or just patient programs that help in ways to keep the patients and their families entertained.
Finally, I would say art and education is also big on my list of things I hope will become more than a laptop. I think reading is a huge part of that, and so if in the future I can help in ways to encourage more reading of anything, that would be a huge goal for me.
It’s part of an idea we have for an organization, my husband and I hope to start up to help support the arts. All of them. He was a signed Arista recording artist, he is also a high end stone mason, that specializes in landscape architecture, what they do with stone is amazing and I think qualifies as art.
Together we own a photography studio that specializes in weddings, which I refer to as the special forces of photography, and of course now I have added writing to the list of our artistic endeavors.
I would love to be able to help children who want to persue any artform, and support them in a way help them achieve their dreams. I haven’t quite nailed down the details yet, but everything I do is in hopes that I can make that a reality.
By: S Behr
Release Date: November 11th, 2020
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This cover reminds me of the old instagram trend where you took photos in a circle and it made the end pic look like a tiny planet