Aberrant Book Blitz: Author Interview With Ruth Silver + Giveaway!

 

 About The Author:


Ruth Silver is the best-selling author of Aberrant. The Young Adult/New Adult Romantic Dystopian Adventure, Aberrant is the first in a trilogy,  released April 17th, 2013. Silver first began writing poetry as a teenager and reading heaps of fan fiction in her free time. She attended Northern Illinois University in 2001 and graduated with a Bachelor’s in Communication. While in college she spent much of her free time writing with friends she met online and penning her first novel, Deuces are Wild, which she self-published in 2004. Her favorite class was Creative Writing senior year where she often handed in assignments longer than the professor required because she loved to write and always wanted to finish her stories. Her love of writing, led her on an adventure in 2007 to Melbourne, Australia. Silver enjoys reading YA/NA  novels and sharing her favorite books with other readers. She also enjoys photography, traveling and of most of all writing.


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 Interview:


What was the hardest part of writing Aberrant? 

The hardest part was writing the characters suffering. I know that they will get through the pain – physical or emotional – and it will make them stronger, but it’s still hard to torture your favorite character.  

Who was your favorite character to write in Aberrant? 

I had the most fun with writing Olivia. She’s full of so many mixed emotions and traits that we’re always learning something about who she is. She’s not complacent. She has a mind of her own and likes to explore the world around her. She’s curious by nature and it has the tendency to get her into trouble. She’s complex, which makes her three-dimensional, but also incredibly caring and supportive of those she loves.    

Why did you decide on making Aberrant into a series? 

I felt like I had a huge story to tell. Something that would span across hundreds of thousands of words. That may not seem like a lot but when sending your novel to agents and publishers, there’s a certain word count they’re looking for in new authors and in young adult/new adult titles. The only way to properly tell the story, was to turn it into a trilogy.   

Do you have the second and third book planned already? 

Without getting into any specifics, yes! The next book, Moirai, will be available sometime in 2014. The first draft was finished last December but with the edits and some significant changes in Aberrant, I need to make the story flow a little smoother.  

Can you tell us about one of these changes in Aberrant? What was added to the story? 

Down to the final edits, I was adding details and shaping each character just a little bit more. I wanted the world that they’re in and the cities to feel real. I wanted you to experience it, just as Olivia has for the first time. The very end of the Aberrant, I added a glimpse at what we can expect in the second novel. That was one of the final edits that was added, among many others.

  About The Book:


Aberrant by Ruth Silver
Publication date: April 28th 2013 (paperback)
Genre: YA Dystopian

In the future Dystopian society of Cabal, the government instills equality for all and offers its citizens the perfect system. There is food, shelter and jobs for everyone. The one requirement is to follow the rules without question, including the government’s match in marriage and “The Day of the Chosen”, a lottery that randomly selects families to conceive children as natural means hasn’t existed in generations. Following her eighteenth birthday, Olivia Parker accepts her requirement to marry her childhood best friend, Joshua Warren, and is eager to start her work assignment and new life when it all comes abruptly to an end as she’s arrested and thrown in prison. The only crime committed, her existence. Olivia is unlike the rest of the world born not from “The Day of the Chosen.” The truth haunts the government and puts her life in grave danger as one simple fact would destroy the perfect system.

With Joshua’s help, Olivia breaks free of prison and is forced on the run. Together they set out to find the promised rebel town in search of a new home and new life together. Their situation seems less than promising as they reach the town of Haven. New rules and customs must be adhered to in order to stay. Leaving would mean most certain death in the large expanse of the Gravelands. Time is running out as the government mounts an attack to destroy Olivia and bury her secret with her. Thrown into a world unlike their own, they must quickly adapt to survive.


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 Book Excerpt:


Excerpt from Aberrant by Ruth Silver

                We rounded the corner and my eyes caught sight of a line of young men stretching around council hall, extending for blocks. “What’s going on over there?” I asked.

            Landon’s face perked up, a hint of a smile playing on his lips, “they’re here for you, Olivia.”

“Me?” I felt nervous and swallowed the bile rising in my throat.

            Landon patted my back, as if he had the ability to reassure me. His touch was repulsive. I pulled away slightly from his grasp, my gaze still attached to the hundreds of young men lining up along the edge of the building and pushed back down into the street. “They’re submitting their applications to date you.”

            “You’re joking?” My eyes wide and mouth agape, I couldn’t believe this was happening.    “This is because of Joshua yesterday, isn’t it?” It had to be the reason they found it necessary to punish me.

            Landon sighed. He seemed agitated with me, short-tempered. “We’ve told you, Olivia, you can’t be with Joshua.”

            I rolled my eyes, “yes and you’ve also told me I have three years to decide. What’s all this!” I gestured towards the young men as I pushed them aside to walk through the main entrance, they were in my way.

            “Hey! No cutting in line,” one of the young men yelled before his voice faltered off realizing I wasn’t there to apply. “Are you Olivia?” His voice echoed against the building as he took another step, further inching towards the foyer.

            “It’s none of your damned business!” I shouted back, my eyes glaring as I knocked Landon hard with my elbow. I knew it wouldn’t win me any brownie points but I didn’t care. I was beyond pissed. My feet clanked over the marble flooring. In the center of the room a table had been set up where the young men were fast approaching, one after another. “You’re wasting your time,” I called back to the woman hosting the event as she recorded their information in an oversized book.

            “This way,” Landon escorted me away from the line of bachelors towards the open door.

            “Please, come in,” the older wiry-haired woman gestured us inside and shut the door promptly behind us. All the noise and commotion from the main foyer disappeared inside the room.

  

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