1. Congratulations on your latest release, Amongst The Ruins. Can you tell us a little bit about the book?
Amongst the Ruins is the first book in my Chronicles of 2020 series. It picks up 200 years after global nuclear devastation and follows Shilo. We follow Shilo from adolescent to womanhood in book one, discovering what life is like now for a young girl, for women, and especially for one who looks ‘different’ from the rest of the remaining population.
Her difference garners interest – both good, bad, and unexpected, by her.
2. The Dystopian genre is hot right now. What sets Amongst The Ruins apart from the other YA Dystopians out there?
While every YA dystopian will be similar to an extent, Amongst the Ruins is almost a combination of everything I enjoy in a dystopian book: the angst of coming of age in a ruined world, the new customs implemented in such a time, and the development of characters.
However, where most YA is very subdued in certain areas, which ‘fade to black’ and such, I don’t. I’ve kept in mind the age of my reader, yet I don’t pretend they aren’t aware of sex and harsh realities. You won’t find graphic and inappropriate material, but you will find honesty within the dystopian world I put to paper.
3. Which character do you relate to the most and why?
I’m going to say I relate most to Shilo, but it’s probably also other people will relate to her. The feeling of growing up and feeling so different – sometimes segregated from your peers – is familiar to most that are living or have lived through the teen girl stage.
4. Did you have a character or scene that you struggled with?
Yes, but I can’t tell you. LOL.
Let’s just say that a decision needed to be made and it was painful, making it so much more of a struggle to do and make work. I probably re-wrote this certain part twenty times before I felt like I’d done the right thing and put the right amount of emotion into it. *Let’s see who reads it and can tell me which I’m talking about.*
5. If you were able to go to dinner with one of your characters, who would you take with you, and why?
Hey, wait a second; these are my characters, why can’t I take them all?
I would take one of my favorite characters – Mister Reed. I fell in love writing his character and scenes. While he isn’t a huge cast member, the moments he’s involved are just so full of life – to me. I loved writing him and extended a couple of scenes because of him.
6. Do you have any writing quirks?
I can’t say that I really have any quirks, at least not that I’ve noticed. All I could really disclose is that I have to have everything within my arm’s reach before I can sit and write. This doesn’t just include writing related items. This includes drink, food, snacks, cell phone, Ipod, and yes a dishcloth. (Don’t ask).
7. Favorite author?
There are far too many to really pick one over all, but I will go with an author whom really changed my single minded reading – Edgar Allen Poe. After him, I learned that Judy Blume and Sweet Valley High was not the only non school related book, much to my grandmother’s horror.
8. Favorite book?
This is like ‘Sophie’s Choice’. It’s an impossible question for me to answer with so many books I have yet to read.
9. What are three things your readers don’t know about you?
1. I have a sick/perverse sense of humor and a foul mouth (yeah, you trip and fall – I’m going to laugh the whole time I help you up. There will probably be quite a few f-bombs from me too.)
2. My hobby is cake baking (like three tier, intricately designed cakes that people actually pay me to make)
3. My public writing originated on fanfiction before I moved to Textnovel.
10. What is the strangest thing you’ve ever eaten?
Eating weird or strange is not really my scene, but I did once eat a chocolate covered cricket. (Sorry Pinocchio) It wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be, the chocolate covered up most of the ‘cricket flavor’. No, I wouldn’t eat it again & yes, I passed on the grasshopper.
11. What is the craziest thing you’ve ever done?
This is a loaded question. You trying to get me put in jail? ;o) Out of fear for the retribution I would receive from others involved, I cannot disclose such information. :o)
12. If Amongst The Ruins were made into a film, what actors/actresses would you like to see cast?
Oh wow, you’re the first to ask this. While I was inspired by a couple of actors for certain character traits in my book, I’ve never picked a cast – until now! (Thanks for challenging me.)
Shilo – Juno Temple
Mazy – Alison Pill
Adley – Matt Lauria
Karhn – Julianna Marguiles
Kain – Robbie Amell
Haden – William Moseley
Elrik - Jeremy Sumpter
General Vahn – Gerard Butler
Jin – Ken Watanabe
I could probably list more and more for other characters, but those curios will have to read the book and let me know your suggestions! I’d love to hear from you. Join me at www.saewod.webs.com to tell me who you would cast.
Thank you so much Lisa for having me today!
In the year 2220, only about 15% of Earth's population have survived and thrived after the Nuclear Disaster of 2020.
Amongst these clans, an unusual girl grows from child to adult.
Raised on the run and in hiding, Shilo wants to be free of the expectations of women. But in a ruined world where anyone could be an enemy, only the radiation-twisted mutants are clearly identifiable. A fertile female is a precious treasure, and any lapse in caution can mean a loss of the freedom she longs for.
Training as hard as a soldier would, in order to free herself from social constraints, she finds herself faced with an offer from a new clan--an offer that provides her with what she desires. But her recently found independence brings discovery, and discovery brings two very different men from her past—and each of them is determined to claim her.
One is obsessed with owning her, the other desires her as the only person who can make him love again.
About the author:
Saewood Tice lives in Central Pennsylvania with her husband and two children. A self-proclaimed foul mouthed, book nerd who loved reading genres ranging from Young Adult to Horror to Erotica.
To escape the structured, methodical confines of her day job, she delves into her overzealous imagination producing dystopian worlds and romances. When not writing or spending time with her family, she embraces her Computer Geekdom through the internet. Including being a member of Writing.com, TextNovel writing forums, and RWC group.