Today is my stop on the blog tour for ELECTED by Rori Shay! This is one book you don’t want to miss and is out TODAY! The kickstarter to this book is available at http://tinyurl.com/ElectedNovel. You will be able to get a copy of ELECTED in hardcover and/or paperback with a free ebook, a lot of special limited-edition items and other free books. Don’t wait, get your copy today! Then tell us how you liked it!
ELECTED by Rori Shay
Silence in the Library Publishing
April 22, 2014
Author Interview with Rori Shay
Fill in the blanks: Elected is like [book/movie/TV show] meets [a different book/movie/TV show].
Elected is like Divergent meets The West Wing
You get to go to Disneyworld with one of your characters. Who do you choose and why?
Vienne for sure! She’s like a Disney princess anyway! At least until book number 2!
What scene in Elected are you most excited for readers to read?
I love the first time Griffin and Aloy meet, but I’m most excited for people to read the intimate scene between Griffin and Aloy. I am holding my breath to see what people think!
How has your writing changed since you first started writing?
I write much better now that I’ve practiced the craft more. I write for all five senses, meaning, I want readers to be able to feel, smell, hear the scenes I’m writing. So I try to write descriptively so you feel like you’re there with the characters in the book.
What’s the best piece of writing advice you’ve ever received?
Keep going no matter how many rejections you get. Just don’t give up.
What’s the worst?
I think when people just tell you what they don’t like without telling you what they did like about a piece of writing. It’s hard to change without having that glimmer of positivity.
What are you working on now?
A picture book and the third book of the Elected trilogy!
What do you want readers to come away with after reading Elected?
I want them to have an appreciation for protecting the environment and the natural resources, animals, and people in it.
It’s the year 2185, and in two weeks, Aloy will turn eighteen and take her father’s place as president of the country. But to do so, she must masquerade as a boy to avoid violating the Eco-Accords, four treaties designed to bring the world back from the brink of environmental extinction. Aloy hopes to govern like her father, but she is inheriting a different country. The long concealed Technology Faction is stepping out of the shadows, and as turmoil grows within her country, cryptic threats also arrive from beyond the borders.
As she struggles to lead, Aloy maintains her cover by marrying a woman, meanwhile battling feelings for the boy who knows her secret – the boy who is somehow connected to her country’s recent upheaval. When assassination attempts add to the turmoil, Aloy doesn’t know whom to trust. She understood leadership required sacrifice. She just didn’t realize the sacrifice might be her life.
Rori Shay is an author living in the Washington, DC area with her husband, daughters, black lab, and cat – just not quite in the same exciting circumstances as ELECTED’s main character, Aloy. She enjoys running, gardening, reading, doing yoga, and volunteering with the Dwelling Place non-profit. Rori is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI).
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Don’t forget to enter the giveaway!
~Items seen in ELECTED such as a marriage binding (temporary tattoo)
~Necklace as seen in ELECTED
~Signed paperback copy of ELECTED
~Optional FaceTime or Skype session with the author for 1/2 an hour (can be used one-on-one or at the winner’s book club, etc.)