(Under Ground, #2)
Publication date: October 27th 2016
Genres: Dystopian, Romance, Young Adult
When the authorities strike to regain control over the riots in Eboracum City and use drastic measures as retaliation against the civilians, the citizens are forced to fight back to survive. A virus has spread through the Underground, taking down the refugees one by one, soon contaminating the rebels. If Thia wants to save the ones she loves, she will have to retrieve the cure, quickly. But certain decisions are costly, and not all actions are free of consequences.
- How long have you been writing?
I think it will be five years this May. That’s when I started the series.
- Where did your love of storytelling come from?
I love to read, and I needed to create a story of my own. I needed to create Chi.
- What was the hardest part of writing this book?
This book is highly emotional. Many bad things happen, and that was emotionally hard and exhausting for me. I had to take a month’ break from writing when the book came out because I couldn’t handle any more emotions for a while.
- What inspires you?
Things that infuriate me in our world today.
- Who inspires you?
My husband inspires me to be a better person. He’s much more understanding than I am. I try to be more like him…and usually fail at it. =p
- What are some day jobs that you have held? If any of them impacted your writing, share an example.
I’ve been a bookseller and a French teacher. Neither of them influenced my writing. My daytime job does delay my writing, though, but that’s okay.
- What do you like to read in your free time?
YA anything, NA romance, horror, graphic novels.
- Do you aim for a set amount of words/pages per day?
No. I also don’t write every day. I write when I can. I believe setting a page count kills creativity.
- What is your favorite motivational phrase?
Mmmm, I don’t know that I have a phrase that motivates me. But my favorite quote is: “He jests at scars that never felt a wound.” I think that’s fairly accurate. I have seen it throughout my life, and it is a quote that applies to the characters in my series too.
- What advice would you give to aspiring writers?
Write for yourself, not for money. Writing isn’t where the writing is. Be wary of how you represent people in your novels, especially marginalized people who deserve fair representation.
Thank you so much for the interview.
Alice Rachel is the author of the YA Forbidden Romance/ Dystopian Romance Series “Under Ground.”
Her time is divided between teaching French, writing, reading, drawing, and spending time with her hubby and guinea pigs.
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