Today, I’m one of the stops on the Possession series scavenger hunt! The third and final book, ABANDON, hit shelves June 4!
I’m so excited to interview author Elana Johnson on my blog today!
1-Did you find it hard to transition through the multiple points of view throughout the trilogy? No – that was actually one of the biggest benefits! Especially moving from Possession to Surrender, writing in that new POV was like writing a whole new book where all the rules were already established. It made it much easier!
As for ABANDON, it wasn’t too bad, because really Jag and Zenn have the most to lose in this war for freedom. It was a very natural fit.
2-When you started the trilogy with Possession, did you already know where it was going to go? Hardly! I wrote Possession as a stand-alone novel. That’s it. The end. It only became a series after I’d sold the first book.
3-Whose perspective was your favorite to write? Well, they all have their unique challenges, but I especially enjoyed writing from Vi’s perspective. And then, of course, from Jag’s. They’re both just so passionate about things, and that made writing them fun.
4-And who was the most difficult? Gunner is by far the most difficult. He’s just SO QUIET in my head, though I knew he had a story to tell and real conviction to tell it.
5-Without spoiling the ending to the trilogy, are there any scenes that ended up on the cutting room floor, and if so, why? You know, I don’t know! I honestly can’t remember when I wrote ABANDON, and if I had to do major rewriting or not. I need to take better notes when I’m drafting a novel.
I can see in my “Working Documents” folder that the version of ABANDON I turned into my agent was #7. I honestly don’t know what changed from the draft to Version 1, to 2, etc. I know that I work in layers, deepening setting, character, plot, as I revise.
But specific scenes? Uh…
6-If you could be one of your characters for a day, who would you choose? Probably Zenn, because he has all the “ins” of the Resistance, but without any of the responsibility. I think I could get a good look at how things run, and who the people are by sneaking inside Zenn’s skin.
7-What’s the greatest thing about writing YA for you? For me, there’s something angsty and emotional about YA that appeals to me. A time of firsts. A time of loss. A time of figuring out who you are and what kind of adult you want to be. I like it.
8-What makes writing YA difficult? Honestly, the trends. I only want to write what I want to write. Selfish, I know. But I don’t want to think, “Oh, thriller is hot right now, I’ll write a thriller.”
But in YA, it’s all about hitting the trend at the right time, marketing and sales wise. And if you don’t, then you might not sell another book, or the book you have coming out might not do as well.
9-The technology is very “Star Trek” in terms of food replicators, etc. How did you get your inspiration for some of the tech in the books? It’s all pretty fascinating! I want a hoverboard! Um, I do watch Star Trek, but mostly only because my husband has it on and I’m in the same room. I figured my characters live in a futuristic society. If I need them to get food, get somewhere, or whatnot, there should be a piece of tech for that. I especially wanted all the housekeeping things (vacuuming, etc.) to be technological, thus the spiders. So I just made stuff up—stuff I hoped would be cool.
10-Speaking of Star Trek…. Your characters Starr & Trek. Was this on purpose? 😉 LOL! I actually didn’t even notice this until a friend pointed it out. And then I didn’t care! Ha! I needed Trek’s name to be Trek, because it’s referenced at the end of SURRENDER (when Gunn goes to Castledale – remember?). And by the time someone told me, I was rather fond of Starr’s name. Indulgently, I didn’t change it.
11-You can only pick one song to define your trilogy. What is it? Waiting for the End by Linkin Park
12-What’s next for you? Hopefully a lot of things! Remember how I said I don’t want to write to a trend? Well, I’ve spent the last couple of years writing novels that I absolutely love—novels that are close to my heart.
I have three of them, and they’re almost ready to send out to editors. I can only hope and pray that someone at a publishing house will love the books as much as I do, so they’ll be published.
Today’s scavenger hunt can begin here! Somewhere on this map of the Association is the winning city. You can find references to it in all of today’s posts. (See complete blog tour here.)
When you know today’s scavenger hunt city, enter it in this form for a chance to win one of six Possession series paperback packages and a $50 Amazon gift card!
Continue the scavenger hunt at Bookworm Lisa, where you’ll find another clue for today’s city!
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a Rafflecopter giveaway If you get lost, you can always go to Elana’s blog to find your place. Happy hunting! Need Possession and Surrender?
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