Contagion will be my next book after Retribution Rails and it couldn't be more different. This tends to be a trend of mine; I write in one genre and tContagion will be my next book after Retribution Rails and it couldn't be more different. This tends to be a trend of mine; I write in one genre and then follow it up with something polar opposite. I'm currently in the middle of a major revision, but let me get a few frequently asked questions out of the way:
The current description is really vague. Who are these two teens? Thea Sadik, an ambitious seventeen-year-old with a love for science, and Nova Singh, a high-school dropout with piloting experience who’s looking to snag permanent work. While temporarily employed by drilling conglomerate Hevetz Industries, things go awry (naturally), and both girls find themselves on a rescue mission neither is qualified for.
Who’s the sole survivor? I could tell you, but then I’d have to kill you. Ahem. What I mean is, this is one of those stories where the less you know going in, the better, so I’m going to be a withholding jerk and tell you to read the book when it comes out.
This sounds so different than your westerns! Where the heck did the idea come from? I’ve actually been working on this story for ages. The idea first came to me back in 2012, from a dream, no less—my first novel inspired by a dream! Actually, it was more of a nightmare. At the time, I was busy writing other contracted projects, but I’ve been continually returning to this story whenever I have downtime and now it will finally be a book! If you follow me on pinterest, you’ll know this story was once titled Achlys, after the destination planet “lightyears away” in the above pitch.
Why did you retitle it from Achlys to Contagion? Achlys, as a title, is tricky—hard to know how to pronounce (if you read it) and hard to know how to spell (if you hear about the book via word of mouth). Contagion doesn’t have that problem, plus it packs a punch. It’s mysterious, dangerous, dark—everything we needed the title to be. I’m really happy with it, and it speaks so well to the whole of the story.
Does this mean you’re done with westerns? Why do you keep jumping between genres? Well, I have Retribution Rails, the companion to Vengeance Road, coming out in November 2017. And then, who knows! I love writing westerns, but I also love sci-fi. Just as I love dystopian. And I have the start of contemporary projects on my hard drive, as well as speculative fiction and fantasy. I read across genres and I especially love to write across genres. It keeps me on my toes, provides new challenges, and helps me grow as a writer. So, no, this doesn’t mean I’m done with westerns. It simply means nothing is off limits for me.
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I'm speechless right now. This book is dark and difficult and painful, but hopeful in the right places. It's a book I didn't know I needed, and I thinI'm speechless right now. This book is dark and difficult and painful, but hopeful in the right places. It's a book I didn't know I needed, and I think teens will feel the same.
I'm going to direct you to Leigh's review, which sums up my feelings perfectly, and with greater eloquence, too....more
This book broke my two-month long reading slump, so if that isn't reason enough for you to pick it up this summer, allow me to be a bit more blunt: PUThis book broke my two-month long reading slump, so if that isn't reason enough for you to pick it up this summer, allow me to be a bit more blunt: PUT THIS ON YOUR TBR RIGHT THIS INSTANT.
The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue is a delightful romp of a road-trip through eighteenth century Europe, packed with witty dialog, razor-sharp pacing, and the perfect amount of swoon. Lee keeps the pages turning (and the laughs coming) while tackling a wide range of timely topics, from sexuality and sexism, to illness and inequality. You should abso-bloody-lutely read this book....more