Series: Words Made Flesh #1
Published by Flux on 8-8-2014
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
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“The Gods made their Words into flesh, giving privileged individuals the powers of creation...”
In Eden City, a member of the illiterate wordless class would never dream of meeting the all-powerful Words ... much less of running away with one. So when a gorgeous girl literally falls into his lap during a routine trash run, seventeen-year-old Tavin Barnes isn’t sure if it’s the luckiest or worst day of his life. That girl is Khaya, the Word of Life, who can heal a wound or command an ivy bush to devour a city block with ease. And yet she needs Tavin’s help.
By aiding Khaya’s escape from the seemingly idyllic confines of Eden City, Tavin unwittingly throws himself into the heart of a conflict that is threatening to tear the world apart. Eden City’s elite will stop at nothing to protect the shocking secret Khaya hides, and they enlist the other Words, each with their own frightening powers, to bring her back.
Interview With AdriAnne Strickland
Can you talk a little about what the book is about?
In a near-future city state where the lower classes are kept illiterate, seventeen-year-old Tavin Barnes, a wordless orphan, must do everything he can to stop a ruthless group that knows how to control the “Words”—an elite few with the power to turn their words into reality.
Where did you get the idea for the book?
While researching a previous book, I came across the biblical line, “And the Word was made flesh.” It made me wonder… what would “a word made flesh” look like (if not in the religious sense that the original line intends, of course)? What if there were people called Words with power over that particular word? That was the seed that grew into WORDLESS.
How long did it take to write the book?
Two and a half months to write the rough draft, but then there have been months and months of revisions with my CPs, my agent, my editor, my copy editor…
Can you talk about how you wrote it? Did you do any outlining? Did it take you in any unexpected directions?
I wrote it by the seat of my pants. This was back in the days that I didn’t outline at all, so really, most every direction was unexpected. But I don’t do this anymore–I’m a heavy outliner now–because writing without an outline is too slow and leaves me with too much revision time afterward to correct all of those tangents.
What was the first story that you ever wrote?
I was one of those kids who scribbled stories without words and yet could somehow read them. But if you’re talking about my first story with real words, it was about a talking cheetah, a prisoner with a bunch of other talking animals in a zoo, who instigates a rebellion/breakout. His love interest was a zebra, of all animals. I wrote it when I was about eight with a mixture of pencil and pen, reached sixty pages, which felt like a tome, and figured it was the best thing ever.
What are you working on next?
I recently finished the sequel to WORDLESS, called LIFELESS, due out next August, 2015. I’ve turned it into my editor, so I’ll be working on revisions soon. I’m also working on the proposal for book three, and am in the early revision stages of a YA non-fiction project. I’m keeping busy!
What advice do you have for aspiring authors?
Write more than that first book. I’ve seen so many people get stuck there when it doesn’t always take them places.
How do you juggle writing with family time?
“Like a drunken monkey juggling chainsaws,” says my husband. But he’s totally kidding, I swear. Sometimes it was hard in the beginning, and either writing time or family time suffered. But I’ve gotten a lot better at treating it like a job, sitting down to write (and blocking my internet) for a good chunk of the day and then quitting in the evenings.
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