I’m pleased to be a stop along 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
About the Book:
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.
A Special Treat This Morning: Writing Advice from Bridgid Jones
A few months ago I saw Helen Fielding speak in Washington DC. Helen Fielding is the author of Bridget Jones Diary, and the latest Bridget Jones book, MAD ABOUT THE BOY. After many years, Helen decided to reveal the next installment of Bridget’s life.
Seeing Helen Fielding in person was like watching the Bridget Jones character come to life. Yes, Renee Zellweger was a great Bridget, but Helen Fielding admittedly wrote the character with parts of her own self in mind. She laughs, talks, and jokes in the same funny way Bridget would, and the blue soup incident from the first Bridget book is even a real story from her own life.
Helen also gave lots of great writing advice to the audience, but there was one piece, in particular, I found true and useful. Write as if you’re scribing a letter to your best friend. A really good friend wouldn’t judge you. You wouldn’t hold back. You’d tell her anything. You’d laugh at yourself and know she’d laugh back. You’d describe things in gory detail, picturing her reading your note while drinking a glass of red wine with her legs pulled up on the couch.
Helen’s writing technique definitely translates to her own work. Can’t you just imagine Helen having written the Bridget Jones books like she was writing a letter to her best girlfriend? And I think about this advice when I write now too. I ask myself if I’m being completely honest with my characters and how they’d think. Being inside their head, writing in first person for Aloy in ELECTED– it’s the same thing as talking openly to a best friend. There’s no holding back. You hear everything the character is thinking. I love that writing style, and I think that’s why I always like reading a book written in first person.
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).