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Ghetto is a dystopian novel where the people must fight against segregation. What was your inspiration for the ‘ghetto’ and the injustices the people face within it?
To begin with, Ghetto started as an idea for a story based on WW2 and the Holocaust. Clearly, other inspirations took hold and I decided to go another route with it! However, that was the inspiration for the Ghetto, the fight against segregation and all the other terrible injustices. Maybe one day I’ll actually write that WW2 story…
Sunny Beaumont is a sheltered computer geek that gets caught up with rebels fighting against the same government her father leads. How did you handle her transition from a pampered life to one where she’s hit with a dark reality?
Like most things when writing a story, I found it just kind of happened! I know that’s probably not the answer you’re looking for, but it’s the truth! I did try to make the transition slow and gradual, in an effort to make it realistic, giving her clues here and there, then letting her slowly connect the dots until she realized the reality of life in the Ghetto.
Many young adult novels have strong female protagonists. Why do you think that is a popular trend and why did you choose a female character as your lead?
I think it’s a popular trend, because people want to show that girls can be the strong ones too, that we’re not always the damsels in distress. This, however, wasn’t why I chose a female lead character – my reasons weren’t as good as that! My main reason was that I find it easier to write from a female perspective, but also because (no offense intended) I often find that women are more emotional and often open-minded, which was something I really needed in this book to make it work.
I thought you did a great job in this story with pacing and tension and setting a realistic mood. What is your writing style like and how do you use that to achieve a well written scene?
Although I’ve been writing all my life, I’ve only started doing it seriously in the last few years and I don’t think I’ve settled into a writing style just yet. Thinking about it, I’m not sure I want to… I just try to fit my way of writing into a way that fits the type of book I’m writing. At first, I found Ghetto difficult because I’d decided to write it in first person, from Sunny’s point of view, which was something I’d never done before. When I start writing a scene, I don’t really think about how I’m writing it, usually it just flows. However, when doing an action scene or something fast paced, I do try to keep my sentences short and simple as I feel that it helps to give the scene a ‘snappy’ pace. On the flip side, to slow a scene down I like longer, more complex sentences.
Are you working on another book? If so, what is it about and when can I read it?
Yes, I am. This one’s a bit different from my current works, as I’ve decided to steer away from Sci-fi and fantasy to create a contemporary romance based at a Texas university, between a British scholarship student and the schools star quarterback. Star-player (I’m still undecided on the title!) will be the first of four books in the What Happens on Campus series. I’ve almost finished it, actually, but it still needs a lot of editing! A tentative release date would probably be some time in the Autumn, maybe late Summer depending on how quickly I edit, but no promises! For more information, you can always check out my website which I keep up to date.
My name’s Sunny Grace Beaumont. Branded SGB/2/6895/03.12.93. Only child, self-taught computer geek and cancer survivor. Oh, and did I mention my dad’s the President? As you can imagine that’s sometimes a little problematic, especially when I want to sneak out. But it never got me into quite as much trouble as the night I ventured into the Ghetto – don’t ask me why I was there in the first place… it was stupid. Everyone knows that the Ghetto is where hardened criminals are sent to live out the remainder of their lives. At first the men that kidnap me are just as I’d imagine, mean and thoughtless, but slowly I begin to have doubts. I meet a guy. His name’s Sin, he has no Brand – a crime punishable by death – and he’s the rebel leader. I should hate him… but I don’t. Instead he opens my eyes to a whole other side of the Ghetto, where people are innocent of the crimes they’re accused of and helpless children suffer dreadful poverty. Is it possible that I’ve been lied to my entire life… that the governments been deceiving everyone? And how can I challenge the law my own dad is adamant to uphold?
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