Me : What was your inspiration behind Deviants? Would you like to tell us about it?
Maureen : The original story idea for Deviants came from combining two other ideas I was working on after I finished the Twisted Tales. One was a post-apocalyptic story. That idea came to me when the volcano erupted in Iceland, interrupting global travel. What would happen, I wondered, if something like that occured on a more catastrophic scale?
My other idea was actually for an adult urban fantasy series with a strong heroine who never expressed her emotions and was working as a double agent. In that series idea, the main character had two love interests, one a nice guy she had to keep secrets from and the other a scary, dangerous man she could never fully trust.
When I was brainstorming reasons why the heroine was so closed off emotionally and what secrets she was hiding, I realized I’d be better to write her story as a YA novel because the backstory I imagined for her was more interesting to me.
I love that it’s easier to blend genres in YA. Deviants is a post-apocalyptic, supernatural thriller, in a dystopian setting, with a little romance and horror thrown in for good measure. It’s harder to publish a book which crosses that many genre lines in adult fiction.
Me : Your previous work was Twisted Tales series, which were retelling of the fairy tales and Deviants is a post-apocalyptic novel. How much it was different to write Deviants than Twisted Tales?
Maureen : The Twisted Tales books were complicated to write, in that they have multiple routes that double back on each other, so it was hard to keep everything straight! But because I was retelling classic fairy tales, some elements—including the happy endings—were predefined, which gave me some parameters to work within.
The publisher for the Twisted Tales series wanted the books to appeal to younger readers, so I felt as if I had to hold a few things back. Striking a balance between a book that ten year olds could read, but older teens and adults would find entertaining, was a challenge.
When I wrote Deviants, I didn’t hold anything back. Yes, it’s a YA novel, but it’s not kid stuff. I absolutely loved writing it and can’t wait until it’s out in readers’ hands.
Me : What was your favorite scene in Deviants and why?
Maureen : Oh, that’s a hard one. Like picking between children. One scene that sticks out for me comes later in the book when Glory discovers something that changes her entire perspective on past events, who she is, and her future. Writing that scene was very emotional for me and I hope it will be an emotional scene for readers too.
Me : How many books are there going to be in Dust Chronicles series? Would you like tell us about the sequels?
Maureen : Right now, there are three for sure—Glory’s story is a trilogy. But there may be future stories set in the Dust Chronicles universe. I hope so. But for the ones that are definitely planned: The second book, Compliance will be released on May 21, 2013 and the third Glory (tentative title) will be released in the fall of 2013 or early in 2014.
Compliance and Glory continue the heroine Glory’s story as she faces bigger challenges and obstacles in the effort to protect herself and those she loves.
Me : If you have to survive in a dystopian world like you have described in Deviants, what would be your strategy?
Maureen : Like my heroine, Glory, I’d fight to protect myself and those people I loved. I wouldn’t give up, no matter what the odds.
Me : I loved your Twisted Tales series. Are you planning on writing a third book of the series?
Maureen : Thank you so much! I’d love to write more books in the Twisted Tales series. I have quite a few ideas up my sleeve, but as of yet, there are no definite plans. I’ll keep you posted.
Me : What are your favorite dystopian novels?
Maureen : I particularly loved The Hunger Games trilogy and Divergent. I had just sent Deviants to my agent when I read Divergent. I’m glad I didn’t read Veronica Roth’s book first. Not that our books have overt similarites—the settings and worlds and characters are all very different—but the books are similar in style and pacing and we even used some of the same language to describe our different worlds. I’ve decided I can’t read Insurgent until I’m finished writing my trilogy.
Me : Would you like to give any tips to the aspiring authors?
Maureen : Keep working on your craft. There aren’t any professions where people can become experts without training, and writing novels is no different. It typically takes a few novels, or several major revisons of a single novel, to learn to write well.
Don’t expect everything to happen overnight. And most of all, don’t give up!
Me : Thank you Maureen to be a guest over my blog. I’m so honored to have you
Maureen : It was my pleasure. Thank you so much for having me!
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Author Bio :
Maureen McGowan always loved writing fiction, but side-tracked by a persistent
practical side, it took her a few years to channel her energy into novels. After leaving a career in finance and accounting, she hasn't looked back.
Aside from her love of books, she's passionate about films, fine handcrafted objects and shoes.
She lives and writes in Toronto, Canada where she attends the Toronto International Film Festival each year.
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