Hi! Today we’re celebrating Kate Ormand’s release DARK DAYS, which came out June 3.
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: The future world has been divided into sectors–each the same as the other. Surrounded by thick steel fences, there is no way in and no way out. Yet a cyborg army penetrates each sector, picking off its citizens one by one, until no one is left. Behind the sectors’ thick walls, the citizens wait to die. Few will be chosen to survive what’s coming; the rest will be left behind to suffer. A new world has been created, and its rulers are incredibly selective on who will become a citizen. They want only those with important roles in society to help create a more perfect future.
Sixteen-year-old Sia lives in one of the sectors as part of a family that is far too ordinary to be picked to live. According to the digital clock that towers high above her sector, she has only fifteen days to live. Sia has seen the reports and knows a horrific death is in store for her, but she is determined to make the most of her final days. Sia refuses to mourn her short life, instead promising herself that she’ll stay strong, despite being suffocated by her depressed mother and her frightened best friend. Just when Sia feels more alone than ever, she meets Mace, a mysterious boy. There is something that draws Sia to him, despite his dangerousness, and together, they join a group of rebels and embark on an epic journey to destroy the new world and its machines, and to put an end to the slaughter of innocent people.
I say: Ooh, this sounds super intense! (Also, shallow, but I love the pink cover font!)
Now for our interview with Kate:
1. Describe your main character in 3 adjectives + a noun.
Sia is a troubled, yet fierce and determined girl.
2. Describe your book in 3 adjectives + a noun.
DARK DAYS is an exciting, dark, and bloody book.
3. Describe yourself in 3 adjectives + a noun.
I am a friendly, grateful, and happy author!
4. If you could travel to any 3 countries, what would they be?
I love to travel to France and the US. I’d also like to visit Australia.
5. If you could take any 3 non-writing-related classes, what would they be?
Art (which I have my degree in!), French language, and Education
6. If you could have any 3 alternate careers, what would they be?
Librarian, dog groomer, or teacher
7. What are your 3 favorite flowers?
Sunflowers, pansies, and lilies
8. What are your 3 favorite foods?
Toast, cheese, and grapes
9. What are your 3 favorite books?
ACID by Emma Pass, WHEN THE WORLD WAS FLAT (AND WE WERE IN LOVE) by Ingrid Jonach, and THE SCORPIO RACES by Maggie Stiefvater
Thanks for stopping by, Kate! Congratulations on your debut!