C J Redwine is the author of the recently released YA title, Defiance. This is the first book in a planned trilogy that is being released by HarperTeen. C J stopped by the virtual offices to chat about her book.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Describe yourself in 140 characters or less.
[C J Redwine] Quirky, book geek, adoption advocate, lemon bar addict, Johnny Depp fangirl, slightly nuts.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Can you tell us a little about Defiance?
[C J Redwine] Sure! Here’s the synopsis:
Within the walls of Baalboden, beneath the shadow of the city’s brutal leader, Rachel Adams has a secret. While other girls sew dresses, host dinner parties, and obey their male Protectors, Rachel knows how to survive in the wilderness and deftly wield a sword. When her father, Jared, fails to return from a courier mission and is declared dead, the Commander assigns Rachel a new Protector, her father’s apprentice, Logan—the same boy Rachel declared her love for two years ago, and the same boy who handed her heart right back to her. Left with nothing but fierce belief in her father’s survival, Rachel decides to escape and find him herself. But treason against the Commander carries a heavy price, and what awaits her in the Wasteland could destroy her.
At nineteen, Logan McEntire is many things. Orphan. Outcast. Inventor. As apprentice to the city’s top courier, Logan is focused on learning his trade so he can escape the tyranny of Baalboden. But his plan never included being responsible for his mentor’s impulsive daughter. Logan is determined to protect her, but when his escape plan goes wrong and Rachel pays the price, he realizes he has more at stake than disappointing Jared.
As Rachel and Logan battle their way through the Wasteland, stalked by a monster that can’t be killed and an army of assassins out for blood, they discover romance, heartbreak, and a truth that will incite a war decades in the making
[Manga Maniac Cafe] How did you come up with the concept and the characters for the story?
[C J Redwine] For years, I’d had the idea of an unkillable (Look at me making up words!) beast living far beneath the earth’s surface. But the rest of the story’s world refused to appear until one day when I saw a picture of a city-state, and my fertile little brain said HELLO, MY PRECIOUS. The characters came from the world. It’s a tough place to live, and so I knew my characters would be capable and resourceful and when pushed to their limits, would do whatever they had to do to get things done. It was interesting to discover that while Rachel and Logan are both tremendously capable and resourceful, it comes out in very different ways. She’s impulsive and he’s a compulsive planner.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What was the most challenging aspect of writing the story?
[C J Redwine] The level of emotional authenticity I had to bring to the manuscript was daunting some days. I had to go to some very dark places to deliver the kind of story I wanted to tell.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three words best describe Rachel?
[C J Redwine] Fierce, loyal, impulsive
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What are three things Logan would never have in his pocket?
[C J Redwine] I tried to answer this! I really did. But Logan is a compulsive planner. He likes to map out all possible scenarios and be prepared for any contingency. There isn’t anything he wouldn’t have in his pocket if he thought he might need it to accomplish his mission.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What are your greatest creative influences?
[C J Redwine] Music and movies! I have a huge music library and go to the theater as often as possible.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three things do you need in order to write?
[C J Redwine] My playlist, my laptop, and a stretch of uninterrupted time.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] If you had to pick one book that turned you on to reading, which would it be?
[C J Redwine] The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis. I read it in second grade. I’d read other books before this (mostly Nancy Drew), but this is the book that opened up a world outside of the one I lived in everyday and showed me that no journey is impossible if you have a book as your guide.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] What do you like to do when you aren’t writing?
[C J Redwine] Hang with my family, watch Harry Potter movies, read books, and laugh.
[Manga Maniac Cafe] How can readers connect with you?
[C J Redwine] Talk to me on my blog, Twitter, or Facebook!
[Manga Maniac Cafe] Thank you!
You can purchase Defiance from your favorite bookseller or by clicking the widget below. Available in print and digital.