Please give Jordan Link a warm welcome! She’s visiting the virtual offices to chat about her new book, The Sacrificed.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Describe yourself in 140 characters or less.
[Jordan Link] I’m a sophomore in the tenth grade, and am currently contracted with Entranced Publishing for my novel, The Sacrificed, which is due to be released as an E-book on May 6th, 2013. A few months before I was whisked away into long hours of editing, I became the first place winner of the Jack L. Chalker Young Writers’ Contest in 2012 for my short story "The Bubble". I was accepted soon after into the Oh, the Stories They Tell! anthology for my short story "Demon Slayer."
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Can you tell us a little about The Sacrificed
[Jordan Link] The Sacrificed is a young adult dystopian fantasy novel. It follows 16- year-old Emerald Hayden as she struggles to survive in the City of Centsia. There are two classes in the city: the winged, and the walkers. For a long time, it seems that the division between the two can never be breached, until Emerald meets Dusk, a winged who is undoubtedly different from the rest.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] How did you come up with the concept and the characters for the story?
[Jordan Link] The concept was really a spur of the moment decision. Often times, for short stories, I brainstorm dystopian plots. The two questions I ask are what type of division is there, and how can that division be penetrated?
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three words best describe Emerald?
[Jordan Link] Persisting, enduring, and rebellious.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] If Dusk had a theme song, what would it be?
[Jordan Link] That’s a hard question. I’d have to choose Maroon 5 – Runaway. It would work for both Emerald and Dusk, actually.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Name one thing Emerald is never without.
[Jordan Link] Persistence: throughout her whole ordeal, and despite the many obstacles that threaten her goal, she never loses sight of what she wants.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three things will you never find in Dusk’s pockets?
[Jordan Link] You would never find any photographs or trinkets of or from the walkers, including Emerald. In fact, Dusk has to dissociate himself from the lower level completely to keep Emerald safe. But since that answer is rather vague, I’ll list three things that you would always find: a few slices of bread, a note for Emerald or a piece of blank parchment paper, and a small tin of ingredients. You’ll have to read the novel to find out what’s inside!
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What is Emerald’s greatest regret?
[Jordan Link] Emerald has little to regret, but her misunderstanding of the winged is definitely her greatest. For years, she scrounged for food in the winding streets of Centsia, cursing the winged, not knowing what else to think of them.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What are your greatest creative influences?
[Jordan Link] My greatest creative influences are other young authors; people who have struggled or are struggling to get published and who, hopefully, see their dreams fulfilled.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three things do you need in order to write?
[Jordan Link] I need a writer’s state of mind, a laptop, and a glass of something delicious.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What is the last book that you read that knocked your socks off?
[Jordan Link] The last book that I read that truly knocked my socks off was The Selection by Kiera Cass. It wasn’t because of the quality of the writing, or the creativity of the plot. It was very relatable and incredibly hard to put down.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] If you had to pick one book that turned you on to reading, which would it be?
[Jordan Link] That would be The Naming by Alison Croggon. The descriptions and details in the book are abundant and dark. While reading it, I truly felt like I was there, in a world filled with the terror and beauty. And to think that someone could create that with words—that was what turned me on to reading.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What do you like to do when you aren’t writing?
[Jordan Link] I love to log in to fantasy roleplaying games, and to flip through the pages of a good book. And when I’m not indulged in those, I’m at a friend’s house, or wandering through the streets of Old Ellicott City.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] How can readers connect with you?
[Jordan Link] Readers can connect with me by liking The Sacrificed’s Facebook page, by reading my blog, or by following me on Twitter at JordanLink3.
Thanks for the interview!
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Thank you!
Purchase links coming soon!
About the book:
Emerald Hayden lives in the City of Centsia, a half-winged among the other walkers. She has no family, friends, or food: only a grim future filled with tiresome labor in the upper level’s factories. But everything changes when she meets Dusk, a winged from the place that she previously scorned. He opens her eyes to a new possibility: the possibility of the unity of winged and walkers, of freedom, and of love. Together, they decide to challenge the upper level’s supreme, winged council. But when a friend betrays them, they must choose whether to sacrifice their beliefs and save their own lives, or to remain along the thin line that divides the city in two. Success could mean liberty; failure, death
Book Trailer – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6WLLg5o7DY0
About the Author:
Jordan Link is currently contracted with Entranced Publishing for her novel "The Sacrificed", which will be released on May 6, 2013. She won first place in Jack L. Chalker’s Young Writers Contest of 2012 for her short story “The Bubble”, and attended Balticon 46 last year. She earned an honorable mention on December 3rd for the Young Voices Foundation Short Story Contest and will be published in their anthology "Oh, the Stories They Tell!" which will be available on Amazon. Her early love of reading inspired an equivalent passion towards writing, and she plans to continue doing so.
Author Blog: http://jordanlinkwriting.blogspot.com/
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Slowly, ever so slowly, she dropped to her knees and peered around the corner.
There was a winged boy standing there, muttering something to a few walkers. It was impossible to distinguish the color of his eyes, or even his expression from her sheltered position, but his features were still rather shocking. His hair was a creamy white, a pigment that Emerald had only ever seen on the heads of other winged. His skin was pasty and faded. She wondered between pounding heartbeats how the winged remained so pale when they spent so many days in the sky above Centsia, arcing near the curve of the sun and circling back around again as they went to and from their duties. The boy’s wings, however, were by far his most striking feature. The feathers seemed to form intricate pictures as they fluttered in the midnight breeze. Emerald continued to stare as the boy withdrew something from his pocket.
It was bread.