“Stories enabled you to forget your life and your limits. They urged you to reach for a world that was never meant to be yours. There was nothing more dangerous than an imagination.” --Chosen Ones
There are rare occasions in our lifetimes when we come across books that touch our hearts so deeply that we know from the start we won’t forget them. We follow the authors’ updates and events, read everything they release/will release, and connect with their characters on a personal level. We laugh and cry with the characters. We laugh and cry and cheer on the authors. These are our gems as readers. These are the authors we look for. These are our rockstars.
I was graced with Chosen Ones earlier this year, first as part of the cover reveal, then a short time later for early review. You can find my glowing 5-star review here. Even through all of the books I’ve read so far this year, it’s still at the top of my list as one of my favorites--not just for the 2012, but for all time.
(Note: the ARC review was never edited with the later changed release date--which had been in June--and still has the original expected April set date on it, I believe.)
Tiffany Truitt is my Rockstar. The rare gem I’m always looking for that touched my heart. Chosen Ones is an unforgettable read. I’m happy to be Ms. Truitt’s cheerleader (and her characters’) always!
I’m so honored to not only be a part of the Authors Are Rockstars event, but to host the fantastic author Tiffany Truitt here at The Bookaholic today as well. Be sure to read the wonderful interview below and enter the giveaway for your chance to win an e-book of Chosen Ones!
Thank you for joining us today! I've been excited since I found out. Bouncing in my chair a little bit over here. ^.^
I am so excited to be part of this event! Even more stoked that I got a super awesome host J
Could you tell us about Chosen Ones (for any of those who haven’t had the pleasure of reading yet) and what inspired this idea?
I am a huge nerd. I like to listen to movie and television scores while driving. The idea just came to me on a drive one day. I don’t know what inspired it, but I just went with it. To be fair, the story has changed a lot since I first started working on it.
Chosen Ones is a YA novel which mashes together the Dystopian genre with elements of Victorian literature. It explores the idea of cloning and what it means to be human.
Did anyone you know in real life somewhat take play into the creating of your characters? Do you have anything in common with Tess?
I don’t think I consciously based any of my characters on people I know. Subconsciously? No doubt. Most writers don’t live in secluded cabins in the woods, so they are inspired by the people they choose to be around. I’m pretty lucky to spend my time with some pretty crazy and passionate people. They inspire me every day.
I think I have more difference than similarities when it comes to Tess. I think we share a lot of similar political beliefs and interests…and we’re both really stubborn…darn, maybe we are more alike than I thought. While I was editing this novel, I was in sort of a dark place myself, so that might have slipped into the character of Tess. But I like her much more by the end of the book than the start. I like to think I am more like that version of Tess.
I also like the many messages and thoughts regarding Chosen Ones and Naturals, rebellion, and being true to yourself. Was it your intention to put out a strong message through symbolism and the ideas from the start? What age range would you personally recommend the book for?
No. I never intended to create a book with an overt message. This is partly because as an avid reader I know the reader will construct any meaning that he or she desires without any regard to the author’s intentions. Did it turn into a book with an overt message? I think so. What that message is I’ll let the reader decide.
Chosen Ones ends on quite the cliffhanger. Jaw-dropping. Are you allowed to give information away on the sequel yet (Title? Expected Date?)? How many books will there be in the series?
The series will be a trilogy. The next book, The Naturals, will be out in Spring 2013. While I can’t tell you much, I can say Tess will get to explore a whole new world. And the grass isn’t always greener on the other side.
Do you have any other upcoming projects to look for in the future?
I am in the middle of edits on a YA / Contemp for my agent. I am having a ball working on it. It’s super snarky and fun. I really hope it gets published.
Now for the fun questions!
Where are you from?
I like to say Illinois because that’s where I was born and where my family resides…but I have spent most of my life living in Virginia. Navy Brat.
If you couldn’t write, what would you be doing?
Realistic answer? Teacher (my current job). Dream job? Television writer for a J.J Abrams show.
I LOVE sides. Mash taters. Green beans. Macaroni. Yummmy. Also, do we consider coffee a food??
Summer or Winter:
I love both. Winter is great because I get to wear fun hats and scarves. Summer is great because I get time off to travel. I like to make the best of all seasons.
Jane Austen. Thomas Hardy. Shakespeare.
Do you like hugs from strangers (i.e. fans giving you hugs at book signings)?
Can we settle for a side hug? I am big on personal bubbles. I don’t do enclosed spaces. Last weekend, I got stuck in a stampede at Lollapalooza. I had to be pulled out and brought to the medical tent. Space is good.
Thank you so much for being at the blog today. You ARE a rockstar, one of MY rockstars, and a fabulous author!
About Chosen Ones
The Lost Souls, book 1 available now from Entangled Publishing!
I pushed down a key. The hair on the back of my neck shot up, and my skin tingled.
I imagined this was what it felt like to fall in love.
In that moment, I was ready to fall.
Life is bleak but uncomplicated for Tess, living in a not-too-distant future where the government, faced with humanity’s extinction, created the Chosen Ones, artificial beings who are extraordinarily beautiful, unbelievably strong, and unabashedly deadly.
When Tess begins work at Templeton, a Chosen Ones training facility, she meets James, and the attraction is immediate in its intensity, overwhelming in its danger. But there is more to Templeton than Tess ever knew. Can she stand against her oppressors, even if it means giving up the only happiness in her life?
About Tiffany Truitt
Tiffany Truitt is an 8th grade English teacher in Suffolk, Virginia. When she’s not traveling the world, she enjoys reading, writing, and obsessing over coffee. Lost Souls: Chosen Ones is her first novel. Find out more about Tiffany Truitt at her Blog | Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads
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