Thursday, 25 September 2014

Blog Tour + Interview + Giveaway - Violet Storm by Anna Soliveres


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Violet Storm by Anna Soliveres
(Modi #1)
Publication date: March 28th 2014
Genres: Science Fiction, Young Adult

Synopsis:

Several hundred years into the future, The Cleansing, known to some as the End of Days, forced the government to create Arks to shelter its people. When Earth became habitable again, new territories rose up from the ashes: Agria, the City of Light, and the Outer Boundaries. For a while, they lived in peace.
A brilliant surgeon known for his invention of Modi’s—the only cure for the deadly disease, vaincre—has gone rogue with his experiments, and the Monarchy is desperate to shut him down. That’s where Aeva Storm comes in, a champion athlete with an ego to match. Aeva is the surgeon’s secret weapon against the Monarchy. And they’ll never know what hit them. After reconstructing her body to become a Modi unlike any he’s ever created, Aeva is forced into a fight against all odds. She’ll have to break loyalties, hurt family, and turn her back on newly awakened love. Thousands of lives hang in the balance in a battle that will set forth a new era.
Join Aeva on her quest to see whether she’s got what it takes to go up against the most powerful humans ever created.



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AUTHOR BIO

Anna Soliveres has always been a storyteller but it wasn’t until her early twenties when she began writing novel length works. 
The result was an enthusiasm to get better at the craft until her work could be shared with the world. 
Releasing in March 2014, VIOLET STORM is her debut novel. 
Anna is currently working on another young adult sci-fi series, titled SNOW DOLLS, set to release in late 2014. 
To learn more, please visit her at www.annasoliveres.com.


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When did you start writing?

 I suppose the truth is that I enjoyed writing at a really young age. It wasn’t until my early twenties when I began writing novel-length works. When I realized that I had the passion and the discipline, that’s when I took my hobby of writing a lot more seriously.


What makes you want to write?

There are just some stories that beg to be written. Writing is an art to be respected, and it is a craft that requires so much practice and work that I used to question whether it was worth it. It didn’t take long to realize that it gave me so much pleasure. And I began to see that I wasn’t just writing for myself but for others, it gave me a kind of responsibility that I couldn’t neglect. I’m at the point where people are asking me to finish and telling me they can’t wait to read my next book. I feel their hunger  and empathize because I know what it’s like to be a reader who just can’t wait for my favorite author’s next book!


Do you ever get writer's block and what do you do to get over it?

 Writer’s block happens mostly when I’m fatigued. And I get fatigued because I have a full-time job and too many social activities and responsibilities. The key is finding balance. So I’ve stuck to a calendar where I know what to expect every week and carve out time devoted to writing.
I also don’t limit myself to my laptop (because sometimes the pressure of seeing a blank page and the blinking cursor gives me writer’s block), so I write whole scenes and chapters and then transcribe them into my Scrivener file, taking advantage of editing and enhancing the chapter while I do so.  

Do you have a special way of going about writing?

See my answer above. I like toggling between working on my laptop and writing in a notebook. The latter is slower, but when I’m blocked, it’s been the best way to get unblocked. Scrivener has been a blessing, it’s allowed me to expand the world without fear of losing track of things. It’s an index right there in your file!


What are your hobbies? 

Hobbies? What’s that? Haha! There are no time for hobbies unfortunately. My full-time job is demanding with travel and events. My boyfriend and I love photography, working out, taking long walks around the neighborhood, playing with my cat, watching movies, and reading. When I have downtime, my priority is writing. It is never far from my mind!


How did you choose the character names for Violet Storm?

The protagonist, Aeva, is actually the name of my cousin. I love the way her name is spelled, the capital A followed by a lower case e. I’ve chosen a lot of names for aesthetic reasons and how well I feel it defines the character’s “look.” Ruven was another name I stumbled on in my career, the name of this bright, young Stanford kid whose eyes were mesmerizing. I don’t think he’ll ever read the book, but if he does, I thank him for the inspiration!


Do you have any works in progress?

I’m hoping to have Crimson Earth (Modi Book #2) available next year in 2015. But the novel I’m working hard to finish right now is Snow Dolls which will precede Crimson Earth and is a completely different trilogy.
I know what you’re thinking… "Wait, you’re working on another series?” I know it’s crazy! But I’m in love with both of these series and I want to give my readers the chance to fall in love with them too.


Who is your favourite character in Violet Storm?

Aeva is my favorite character. She’s the one I devoted the most time in developing, growing, and defining.


How did you get the idea for Violet Storm?

Violet Storm was created from my love of post-apocalyptic worlds combined with superheroes. Visually, I was inspired by movies like The Road and Book of Eli. Conceptually, there was inspiration drawn from iRobot and yes, Hunger Games. Modi’s aren’t robots nor are they cyborgs really, they don’t have traditional mechanical parts or any form of programming to function. I wanted to create a different kind of technologically/artificially advanced human.


What was your favourite part of writing Violet Storm?

My favorite parts of the book are the action scenes. Probably where I spent the most time. Action scenes are tough, it has a very different pace and it needs to be done right so that the reader can take a breath every now and then and be able to dive right back into the scene.


What are you currently reading? 

I just bought The Broken Eye by Brent Weeks at his book signing in San Francisco. I’m a big fan of his!


What is your favourite book? 

This is a tough one. I read and enjoy almost every genre. When I was much younger, I used to devour historical romance novels like they were candy, then I moved on to urban fantasy, chick lit, young adult, and epic and contemporary fantasy.
I have too many favorite books to even begin to list. But let’s just say the one that’s been the most inspiring in both world building and writing skill is Brent Week’s Night Angel Trilogy. Good stuff.


Who is your favourite author? 

Hah! I guess I answered that above. But another of my favorite authors is Karen Marie Moning, author of the Highlander Series and the Fever Series. She is amazing.


What is your favourite film?

Hands down it’s Pride & Prejudice with Keira Knightley and Matthew MacFadyen. I named my cat after Fitzwilliam Darcy.  


What is your favourite TV show?

Ooh, I have many. Here are some of my guilty pleasures: Game of Thrones, Revenge, Teen Wolf, Vampire Diaries, and The Secret Circle (I can’t believe they ended after the 1st season!).
                        

Quick-fire questions:
                 
Chocolate or ice cream? Definitely Chocolate!
Paperback or ebook? Paperback
Dogs or cats? Cats
Go out or stay in? Stay In
Summer or winter? What about fall? I LOVE fall!
              





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