Hi! Today we’re celebrating Stephanie Diaz’s debut, EXTRACTION, which came out yesterday!
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: Welcome to Extraction testing.
Clementine has spent her whole life preparing for her sixteenth birthday, when she’ll be tested for Extraction in the hopes of being sent from the planet Kiel’s toxic Surface to the much safer Core, where people live without fear or starvation. When she proves promising enough to be “Extracted,” she must leave without Logan, the boy she loves. Torn apart from her only sense of family, Clem promises to come back and save him from brutal Surface life.
What she finds initially in the Core is a utopia compared to the Surface—it’s free of hard labor, gun-wielding officials, and the moon’s lethal acid. But life is anything but safe, and Clementine learns that the planet’s leaders are planning to exterminate Surface dwellers—and that means Logan, too.
Trapped by the steel walls of the underground and the lies that keep her safe, Clementine must find a way to escape and rescue Logan and the rest of the planet. But the planet leaders don’t want her running—they want her subdued.
With intense action scenes and a cast of unforgettable characters, EXTRACTION is a page-turning, gripping read, sure to entertain lovers of HUNGER GAMES ENDER’S GAME and leave them breathless for more.
Now for our interview with Stephanie:
1. Describe your main character in 3 adjectives + a noun.
Clementine is a fearless, feisty, short red-head.
2. Describe your book in 3 adjectives + a noun.
EXTRACTION is a dark, pulse-pounding, action-packed sci-fi novel.
3. Describe yourself in 3 adjectives + a noun.
I’m a dauntless, fandom-obsessed, optimistic writer.
4. If you could travel to any 3 countries, what would they be?
France, Ireland, Italy
5. If you could take any 3 non-writing-related classes, what would they be?
Acting, Astronomy, Vocal Performance
6. If you could have any 3 alternate careers, what would they be?
Singer, actor, astronaut
7. What are your 3 favorite flowers?
Tulips, daisies, daffodils
8. What are your 3 favorite foods?
Pasta, Reese’s peanut butter cups, enchiladas
9. What are your 3 favorite books?
HARRY POTTER, DIVERGENT, THE KNIFE OF NEVER LETTING GO
Thanks for stopping by, Stephanie! Congratulations on your debut!