Our guest author this week (Week 12! Are you keeping up?) is Charity Tinnin, author of the just-released Haunted, a dystopian that is surely to become a top-ranked novel in my favorite genre! Links to buy her new book are below. Be sure to support our guest authors and, as always, contact them and let them know how much you appreciate their writing. You know what we always say here (starting now): Writers are a lot like puppies. They need love and encouragement, otherwise they’ll piddle on the carpet.
So, let’s move on, shall we? Here’s Charity…
Can I just say that I love the idea of the “52 Books Challenge”? It appeals to my voracious reader side and my over-achiever nature. My own Goodreads goal for the year is twenty-four novels. I’d love to bump it up and join you guys, but my chronic illness makes that goal a little too steep for me. No matter, the point of a reading challenge is to read, and we can all celebrate that, right?
I’ve always loved to read. Anything I could get my hands on: young adult, romance, historical, fantasy, science fiction, suspense, children’s books. I’m not picky. However, there are some types of stories I can’t get enough of. For me, books with heroic protagonists, rich sibling relationships, dystopian storyworlds, or young adult themes almost always win. (Which may be why the State v. Seforé series has all four, plus a little romance thrown in for good measure).
I love to root for heroes like Captain America or Michael Hosea in Redeeming Love. Hand me a young adult book dealing with issues of purpose and identity like The Fault in our Stars or Saving Yesterday and prepare to lose me for days. And don’t even get me started on true dystopian novels. I’ve read more than twenty-four and have another ten on my to-be-read list.
However, the books that stick with me the longest are those that feature complicated, layered sibling (or sibling-like) relationships. I find myself returning again and again to the Harry Potter series, the Unearthly trilogy, The Lord of the Rings, and others because I want to understand—and yes, maybe fix—those love/hate, I can’t stand you but don’t let anyone else hurt you, relationships.
When I started working on the State v. Seforé series, before the dystopian storyworld or the love story between Noah and Maddison, there was only Noah and Daniel. Two brothers who walked into my head together, arguing but clearly a unit. I knew I had to write their story, and that’s what this series is. A story about a pair of brothers who need to be fixed. Who have only ever wanted to stand united yet have never been able to because of who they are. But brothers united? That’s something I think we can all root for.
Now I turn the question around to you: what are the types of characters or books you can’t say no to? I’d love to know.
Punish the guilty or save the innocent? He can’t do both.
As a liquidator, it’s Noah State’s job to carry out justice for the Elite—which is why they send him to Metro Area Four. There’s evidence of a resistance movement and chatter about a dangerous uprising. Noah’s orders? Stop it at any cost.
Failure means death. But Noah’s haunted by the blood spilled in his past and certain God has condemned him for it. Shedding more isn’t an option.
Then he meets Maddison James, a hospital apprentice with revolutionary leanings, and glimpses a future he thought was lost. A future within reach if they can survive his brother’s interference, a resistance more threatening than anyone imagined, and one unforgivable choice.
Charity Tinnin’s fascination with dystopian lit began in high school with Brave New World, so it’s no surprise that her debut novel, Haunted, would be a YA dystopian. In addition to authoring the State v. Seforé series, she’s a freelance editor and semi-professional fangirl. Join her on Facebook, twitter, or her website.
Are up for the 52 Books Challenge? No, you don’t have to read 52 books this year if you’re just joining us. But challenge yourself to read more this year. A book a week or a book a month, it makes no difference, but make 2014 the year you began exercising your mind. Join us on our facebook page here.