Series: New World #1
All’s fair in love and war.
Two thirds of the world's population has been wiped out, devastated by the worst war earth has ever seen. Still standing amongst the ruins is a mind reader who finds herself on the wrong side of the war. Everyone does what they must to survive. When the rebels bent on bringing down the New World leader start to rise up, it is her job to make sure they stay down where they belong. That is, until one rebel sneaks past her defences and into her heart. Love will blossom from the ashes, but will it be enough to save them, or will it mean the end of them both?
Switch, the first book in the New World series by Janelle Stalder comes out August 27. The first dystopia from Janelle, it features a lot of romance and action. As part of this blog tour, we are featuring a giveaway and an interview!
What inspired you to write Switch? Where did the idea come from? Did the story go in any unexpected directions from where you thought it would?
I think the initial idea originated from me talking to someone about the end of the world, and I said that I thought it wouldn’t end up being some environmental thing, or some sort of massive natural disaster, and that I bet it would just be another war. I think humans are waaaay more destructive than Mother Nature. We’re our own worst enemy when you really think about it. So that’s where I kind of started with this, and it sort of snowballed into an actual story. I love being able to take our world and change it drastically, but I also wanted to be able to have a story about two people that persevere through these new obstacles and conflicts, and are able to find love in it, which is why I made it lean more toward a romance. The focus is really on the relationship that evolves within this horrible “new world”.
When I get the initial idea for a story, I’ll think about it for a while before I actually sit down to write it. I need to make sure I figure out all the main, important aspects before I put anything to paper. No it didn’t take an unexpected turns, surprisingly. Eden sometimes did that for me, where the characters literally took on a life of their own, and took me for a ride down some paths I wasn’t expecting. But Switch stayed on track lol.
Switch is your first dystopia and your second series. How did writing it differ from Eden, which was a fantasy? Did you feel like your writing style has changed from Eden?
Not really, I still use a lot of the same techniques that I used with the Eden series. Despite it not being “fantasy”, it is still set in a time apart from ours now, so it left a lot open for me to create a new world. I couldn’t very well put in fantasy elements, but the world building is still something that I can accomplish because it’s not really “our world” as it is now. Obviously I still needed to make things realistic and such, so that was different than fantasy, where really anything goes. It’s also different than the Eden series, because each Eden book is a continuation of the same story. The New World series is different in the sense that each book will focus on a new romance, so each character will have their own, individual story, but the same conflict will be running throughout in the background. So they’re sort of similar, while being pretty different, especially when it comes to writing it.
What genres do you like to read and what are some of your favorite books?
I read a lot of genres. The only ones I don’t tend to read are horror and suspense. And I don’t like non-fiction books, but other than that, I’ll read pretty much anything. I have MANY favourite books, it would be hard to list them all lol
The Switch cover is really amazing. Can you tell about how it came about?
The cover was done by the amazingly talented Regina Wamba of Mae I Design and Photography. It started off by me telling her what I sort of envisioned. I told her I wanted the face close-up, and I wanted her eyes to really pop. Something bold and clean. She got it instantly. I threw out some other ideas, but when she came back with that, I knew immediately it was perfect. She took my idea and made it way better than anything I could have thought up. The girl was just a stock photo I picked, and then she changed it up to what it is now. She’s a magician, I swear lol I wish I had her talent.
A lot of self-published authors have a full time job during the day. How do you juggle having a job, writing books, and your family life?
I really don’t know lol I swear some days I think I’m going to go insane. It’s definitely not easy, but I love writing so I make it work. I work during the day, come home and take care of my two kids and two dogs, once they’re in bed I’ll work on anything my husband needs me to do for his company (because he has no idea how to work a computer properly lol) and then if I’m not beat, I’ll do some writing. I need more hours in the day…
You mention in your bio that you live in an old, possibly haunted home. What kind of experiences have you had?
I was joking…hopefully. I don’t believe in ghosts, but I also don’t want to mess with that stuff lol which if I truly didn’t believe in it, I wouldn’t be scared…and yet I am. So it’s more of, I’m trying to convince myself I don’t believe in them and they don’t exist. My house was built in 1890, so it’s pretty darn old. Apparently, and I found this out the day I moved in :/, it used to be where the church graveyard was. They exhumed the bodies in 1850 and built the house in 1890. Yup. Wish I had known that before. But in all seriousness, nothing has really happened. My dogs bark randomly at stuff and that sort of freaks me out, but that could just be them being stupid lol
Have you put any of your life experiences into your novels? What characters do you relate to the most?
No I haven’t put any actual experiences in there. I don’t think I relate to one character specifically. I put a bit of myself into each, so all of them represent different sides of me.
You are working on a spin-off of the Eden series called Elysium. Can you provide any insight into what the story might cover?
The spin-off will take place in the land called Elysium. I know there’s a movie coming out called that same thing, but I won’t be changing the name. For one, I’ve been setting it up since book two in the Eden series, and secondly, once I decide on a name for a book I can’t change it. I’m not sure why, but once that name is in my head, I won’t be able to think of the book as anything else. It would be like changing my kid’s name once I already decided on it lol Elysium is another land where you’ll meet a whole new cast of characters dealing with a new conflict. There will be a couple of familiar characters in there that you know from the Eden series, but mostly new people. I think it will only be two parts, but who knows once I start writing it. In my head it’s a two book series. And then there will be a last book where you’ll see both series come together to end them both off.
You have four books in the works. How do you deal with writing multiple books? Do you write on one until you get stuck and go to the next one? Or do you make time for each book? And what motivates you to write more than one book at a time?
I usually try to write just one book at a time. I’d get too confused if I was actually writing them all simultaneously. However, I did start another book even though I’m working on one, so right now I’m doing two, which is unusual for me. I’ve only just started, so I’m not sure how it will work. I was sort of planning on just shelving one until I finish the other, but if I have an idea I might go back and forth. I definitely prefer doing just one at a time.
To enter the contest, visit the giveaway page.
Janelle is author of the popular Eden series (Eden, Eden-West, Eden-South, and upcoming Eden-East).
Upcoming books by Janelle Stalder:
- Eden-East (Book Four, Eden Series) – October 2013
- Brush Strokes (Contemporary Romance) – Early 2014
- Masked (Book Two, New World Series) – 2014
- Elysium (YA Fantasy Spin-off of the Eden Series) – 2014