Shannon A. Thompson
Published by: Clean Teen Publishing
Publication date: April 10th 2017
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
From best-selling author Shannon A. Thompson comes an exciting new duology in the Bad Bloods universe.
Fourteen-year-old Violet has been called many things: a bad blood, a survivor, an immortal…now she has a new name–citizen. But adjusting to a lawful life is not easy, especially when she must live under the rule of the same officers who justified the killings of her flock only eight months earlier.
Segregation of bad bloods and humans is still in effect, and rebellious Violet steps into a school where she is not allowed. When the police get involved, things deteriorate quickly, sparking a new revolution at the wall separating the Highlands from the outskirts.
That’s when Caleb steps in. He might appear to be an average sixteen-year-old bad blood, but he has secrets, and Violet is determined to figure them out. Caleb knows who’s attacking the wall and why, but his true identity remains a mystery–and how he relates to Violet could shake the threatened city to its very core.
Together or not, a storm will form, a rally will start, and shocking truths will be revealed.
Author Interview with Shannon A. Thompson, Best-Selling YA Author of Bad Bloods
Shannon A. Thompson is a young adult author, poet, and blogger. Her best-selling paranormal romance series, the Timely Death trilogy, released in 2015, but now, she’s continuing the Bad Bloods series—a generational duology series set in Vendona of 2090. July Thunder (4/10) and July Lightning (5/1) is the newest duology in the universe, and she’s here to talk about what inspired the books, who is telling the books, and more!
Interviewer (I): Tell us first. What is a bad blood?
Author Shannon A. Thompson (SAT): A bad blood is a person with hindering abilities. Think of X-Men, but every power comes with a fault or punishment. Violet, for instance, can turn into a shadow, but she often loses herself for long periods of time and has a hard time re-solidifying as a human. She also struggles with what it means to be independent when she’s used to following others…like a shadow.
(I): Violet is one of the main characters in the upcoming duology, but she was also in the first duology. Correct?
SAT: Yes! Violet was a member of the Northern Flock. For those who don’t know, Bad Bloods is a generational duology series, which basically means every two books will be told by different characters. Each set also focuses on a new political movement.
I: What was the first duology about?
SAT: The first set—November Rain and November Snow—was told by Daniel and Serena, while focusing on an election, which decides whether bad bloods should have the right to live again. (Note: November Rain is current free across all platforms.)
I: Will we see old characters in the new set?
SAT: Yes. But you might see old characters in a new light because of the viewpoints of my protagonists.
I: Will there be new characters? Tell us about them.
SAT: Most of the characters in JT and JL will be new. Some of my favorite bad bloods you’ll meet are Skeleton—who is slowly morphing into a Skeleton—and Kat, who might as well be a calico.
I: Oh! Sounds interesting! Tell us more about the new duology.
SAT: This duology—July Thunder and July Lightning—will be told by Violet and Caleb, while focusing on the wall separating the Highlands and the outskirts.
I: What are Violet and Caleb like?
SAT: Violet is stubborn but willing to learn. Caleb is a heartfelt musician. Both of them are struggling with their families and identities in different but similar ways. Those struggles bring them together pretty quickly, but for a good reason. They’ll need one another during such a tense political situation.
I: Let’s talk about this wall. What inspired the idea of a wall separating a city and trying to take it down?
SAT: The Bad Blood series very much follows history. JT/JL were largely inspired by the Berlin Wall. That being said, I highly suggest anyone interested in the topic to research the Berlin Wall. It’s so much more than what I learned in school, and it’s such an important historic event to understand—especially in our current political environment.
I: Your books definitely focus more on the political aspects than most dystopian books. Why did you choose to do this?
SAT: I wouldn’t say they focus more or less than other dystopian books. But the reason I emphasize the movements so much is because I want to show how politics affect those who often have no say in the final decisions, especially the young.
I: How young are your characters?
SAT: My characters span from as young as 4 years old to 70. There’s some debate about my protagonists’ actual ages, but by all appearances, they are 14 (Violet) and 16 (Caleb). You’ll learn their literal ages while reading.
I: So there’s some mystery?
SAT: Yes. Along with their ages, their timelines are just as interwoven and important as time is to the Bad Bloods series. Each set only takes place in one month, so the ideal reading situation would be to read each chapter the day it happens. That way, you can feel how fast the world is changing along with the characters.
I: Is there a message you want readers to take away from this series?
SAT: I want readers to take away whatever they want to take away from the books. Interpretation is up to them. But I hope readers enjoy Violet and Caleb’s story—and find hope, love, heartbreak, and everything in between.
I: Thank you for talking with us today!
For anyone interested in reading more about Shannon A. Thompson and her books, visit www.ShannonAThompson.com. She also loves coffee and cats.
Shannon A. Thompson is a young adult author, avid reader, and a habitual chatterbox.
As a novelist, poet, and blogger, Thompson spends her free time writing and sharing ideas with her black cat, Bogart, named after her favorite actor, Humphrey Bogart. Her other two cats bring her coffee. Between writing and befriending cats, Thompson graduated from the University of Kansas with a bachelor’s degree in English with an emphasis on creative writing, and her work has appeared in numerous poetry collections and anthologies. Represented by Clean Teen Publishing, Thompson is the best-selling author of The Timely Death Trilogy and the Bad Bloods duology. When she is not writing, she is climbing rooftops, baking cookies, or watching murder shows in the middle of the night, often done with her cats by her side.
Visit her blog for writers and readers at http://www.ShannonAThompson.com.
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