What is Under the Never Sky about?
UNDER THE NEVER SKY is a post-apocalyptic story about teenagers from very different societies—one highly advanced, one rather primitive—who are thrown together by chance, and have to overcome their differences in order to survive.
Where is your book available?
It’s available through all major book retailers and most independent bookstores!
Where did you get the idea for your book, and why did you settle on writing a dystopian novel?
Several sources of inspiration came up around the same time. I knew I wanted to pit two very different societies together, so I began to develop both a primitive and an advanced society. At the same time, the characters were buzzing in the back of my mind, waiting for me to create a world for them to step into. The plot grew out of the characters and the world.
I’d say that my novel is more a post-apocalyptic novel with some light dystopian elements in it – but I never set out to write either, specifically. I ended up there, by way of writing something that felt interesting to me!
How did you come up with the title?
The title actually came from a line in the book that I really liked. I was fortunate that my editor and agent agreed.
When did you first become interested in writing?
I kept a journal in high school of drawings and writings, but I didn’t really sit down to write novels until about ten years ago. Writing a book just seemed like such a huge undertaking! It took me a while to get up the courage to do it – and I’m so glad I did.
If your book was a movie, who would you pick to play the main characters?
This is such a tough question to answer because I have a really clear picture in mind of these characters—not just physically, but of their essential nature—and I can’t think of any actor that embodies them! The one thing I do know is that I’d love for the roles to go to talented actors who are passionate about the story and characters.
Do you plan on writing sequels?
Yes! I just finished the second book, THROUGH THE EVER NIGHT, and I’ll be working in the third book soon.
What are other hobbies you have?
I like to run and I love painting. I also love walks – and obviously – reading!
What are your favorite movies/books that have impacted your works?
There are so many, but a few that come up off the top of my head are:
FEED by MT Anderson
GRACELING by Kristin Cashore
THE ROAD by Cormac McCarthy
THE DARK IS RISING by Susan Cooper
I really could go on, but I’ll stop there!