Hi! Today we’re celebrating Rori Shay’s debut, ELECTED!
Before we start — why are they called Thrice interviews? The original titles for the Cahill Witch Chronicles were THRICE BLESSED, THRICE CURSED, and THRICE FATED. I have a tattoo with the word thrice, which is partly to remind me how joyful writing that first book was, back when it was just mine, and partly because I like threes. Cate Cahill is the oldest of three sisters, as am I. My birthday is May 3; my anniversary is Sept 30. So there’s a natural theme to these interview questions…
They say: It’s the year 2185, and in two weeks, Aloy will turn eighteen and take her father’s place as president of the country. But to do so, she must masquerade as a boy to avoid violating the Eco-Accords, four treaties designed to bring the world back from the brink of environmental extinction. Aloy hopes to govern like her father, but she is inheriting a different country. The long concealed Technology Faction is stepping out of the shadows, and as turmoil grows within her country, cryptic threats also arrive from beyond their borders.
As she struggles to lead, Aloy maintains her cover by marrying a woman, meanwhile battling feelings for the boy who knows her secret—the boy who is somehow connected to her country’s recent upheaval. When assassination attempts add to the turmoil, Aloy doesn’t know whom to trust. She understood leadership required sacrifice. She just didn’t realize the sacrifice might be her life.
I say: I love the environmental angle here! Rori’s a local DC writer and I got to finally meet her a few weeks ago at AwesomeCon!
Now for our interview:
1. Describe your main character in 3 adjectives + a noun.
Aloy is a dutiful, conflicted, and protective leader.
2. Describe your book in 3 adjectives + a noun.
ELECTED is a futuristic, defiant, and suspenseful love story.
3. Describe yourself in 3 adjectives + a noun.
I am a creative, empathetic, animal-loving author.
4. If you could travel to any 3 countries, what would they be?
Spain, Belgium, and Iceland
5. If you could take any 3 non-writing-related classes, what would they be?
Seeing eye dog training, singing, and snorkeling
6. If you could have any 3 alternate careers, what would they be?
Motivational speaker, president, or actress
7. What are your 3 favorite flowers?
Lilacs, thornless roses, and tulips
8. What are your 3 favorite foods?
Strawberries, ice cream, and chocolate
9. What are your 3 favorite books?
THE SCARLET PIMPERNEL, THE HUNGER GAMES, and THE TIME TRAVELER’S WIFE
Thanks for stopping by, Rori!
You can find out more about Rori and ELECTED at her website or by following her on twitter or Facebook. You can add ELECTED to your Goodreads shelf here or find out more about the awesome Kickstarter here.
Rori’s also doing a big giveaway as part of her blog tour where you can win the following items:
~Items seen in ELECTED such as a marriage binding (temporary tattoo)
~Necklace as seen in ELECTED
~Signed paperback copy of ELECTED
~Optional FaceTime or Skype session with the author for 1/2 an hour (can be used one-on-one or at the winner’s book club, etc.)