In this dystopian sci-fi adventure, the City Center is the preferred address in post-apocalyptic Los Angeles. Or is it? The story follows Ava Rhodes on a truth-seeking journey about her supposed utopian city and how she discovers herself along the way. The City Center is part love story, part cautionary tale and part social commentary––100% page-turning, screen-swiping adventure.
How did you get the idea for the story?
The City Center came to me after a conversation with my husband about cities in the future. We were talking about everyone living inside enormous modern complexes loaded with every modern convenience so they’d never need to leave. I got to thinking, what if these utopian cities were actually prisons aimed at controlling the masses?
Which character would you most/least like to have dinner with?
Definitely Joseph. He’s such a sweetheart and I can tell he’s a good kisser.
Do you have any other works in progress? Any teasers or release dates?
Yes – the prequel: The New Agenda. It’s from a younger Chief Morray’s perspective and all about how the City Center came to be. Looking to release summer 2014.
What book(s) is your book’s “cousin”? (Similar kind of read, set-up or style)
I would say A Brave New World, but many of my readers say The Hunger Games (I’m thinking more of a distant cousin).
What are some of your favorite books? Do you still have much time to read?
I will always make time to read. Some of my favorite books include: A Brave New World, Oryx and Crake, The Year of the Flood, The Hunger Games, The Chronicles of Narnia, The Outsiders, Life of Pi, Charlotte’s Web, Are You There God, it’s Me Margaret.
What is one thing you would tell your 15-year old self?
Take more writing classes, stay focused, and don’t stop writing––no matter what.
Is there anything else you want to add or say to your readers?
Follow your heart – you can’t go wrong.
About the Author
Though I love writing about the future, I live in current-day Los Angeles with my husband and our Boston Terrier. The City Center is my first speculative fiction novel and is the first in The New Agenda series.
This or That
Vanilla or chocolate? Chocolate
Video or Board Games? Board Games
Summer or Winter? Winter
Edward or Jacob? Edward (pre-vampire)
Hockey or soccer? Yoga
Ebook or paper? Ebook
Salty or sweet? Sweet
Beach or mountains? Mountains
Phone call or email? Email
Early bird or night owl? Both
Dog or cat? Boston Terriers
Messy or neat? Neat!!!
Ninjas or pirates? Ninjas
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