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If you could have one paranormal ability, what would it be?
I would love to be able to fly. I still have dreams about flying. The freedom is exhilarating. It funny that I never dream about falling, only flying.
What is one thing your readers would be most surprised to learn about you?
It was anger that finally motivated me to write and from that came, the Lake of Sins series.
When writing descriptions of your hero/ine, what feature do you start with?
I don’t usually start with appearance unless it is very important. For example, in my Lake of Sins series, Trinity has to be different than the others so appearance is very important.
When I do get around to visualizing the character, I usually start with who that character is inside. To actually picture the character, I believe that I probably imagine the eyes first. You can tell a lot about people from their eyes.
Are you a plotter or a pantser?
I’m a bit of both. I outline but it is really loose. As an example, after finishing Lake Of Sins: Secrets In Blood, I knew where the series was going to end (although I had not decided who would live and who would die) but not exactly how to get there.
My writing process is to go out and run and think, plot, create. I actually bought one of those recorders that you can plug into your computer and it will transcribe what you recorded (this one does not work at all). I still use the recorder but I go inside after exercising and listen to what I said and type it out. This gives me a general path for my story. Sometimes, I write entire scenes while exercising.
I use that general path/outline to write the story. It changes a lot and I have no problems dumping sections if they are not needed.
Did you learn anything from writing this book? If so, what?
First, I learned that I can do it. I feared writing for so many years. It was something that I wanted to do ever since I can remember, but I was afraid of failing. If I never tried, I could tell myself that I would have been successful if only… There is comfort in that.
Second, I learned that unfortunately the writing is only the first step. There is, of course, the editing but now you also have to market and sell your work. That I hadn’t really anticipated. Writing is not easy. Marketing is even harder.
In a world where class distinction means the difference between imprisonment and freedom and even life and death, being chosen to stay in the encampment and breed is the only way to guarantee survival for a teenage Producer.
Every year after harvest, the finest examples of teenage Producers are assigned mates; the rest are loaded onto carts and hauled away, never to be seen or heard from again. Trinity, a sixteen-year-old Producer, knows that she has no chance of being chosen to stay. She isn’t even full-blooded Producer. Her father is a House Servant and she’s spent her entire life hiding her differences, especially her claws and fangs.
She has one week to sneak into the forest and discover what happens to those who are taken. Her plan is simple, but she doesn’t count on being hunted and captured by predators long believed to be extinct. Can she elude her captors to uncover the fate of her kind and return to camp before her escape is discovered?
Trinity’s plans have gone horribly wrong and she is now fleeing for her life, but at what cost to her friends and family. Can she save any of them without sacrificing herself?
Hugh Truent, an Almighty, learns of Trinity’s escape and that she is the offspring of two different classes which is supposed to be impossible. If it’s true, it would be the discovery of a lifetime, but he needs scientific proof. In his quest for answers, he soon realizes that there are those who will kill to keep this find a secret.
Trinity’s struggle to survive in a society based on absolute segregation of the different classes along with Hugh’s dogged determination to find the truth at any cost, sets into motion a collision between the groups that shatters the foundation of their world.
Read an excerpt from ESCAPE
She ran blindly away from the sound of the Guards, her backpack slamming against her spine with each stride. If they catch my scent, they will find me. She skidded to a stop. The forest had ended. A rock wall loomed in front of her, stretching to both sides as far as she could see. Little crevices and divots peppered the wall, but it was too steep to climb. She had to make a choice. The wrong one would cost her freedom, maybe her life.
The trees rustled behind her. Too late. They found me. This had all been for nothing. Now, the best she could hope for was to be taken with the others. Her chest tightened. She had to make sure that her mom and Remy weren’t punished because she escaped. She raised her hands to her shoulders and slowly turned. Her breath caught in her throat. A Tracker, the deadliest of predators, stood on its back two legs, towering above her, front legs hanging down like arms. Brindle fur covered its body and its eyes glowed yellow in the shadowed forest. Its tongue lolled out the side of its mouth, exposing a row of sharp teeth on the other side. Someone should tell it that they no longer exist in the wild.
About the Author: L. S. O’Dea grew up the youngest of seven. She always wanted to do what her older siblings were doing, especially reading stories.
Ill at a young age, she immersed herself in books. Her life changed when she read a short story written by her older brother and realized that normal (somewhat anyway, since her brother was a bit weird in her opinion) people created these amazing stories. From that day forward, she wanted to write.
However, as with all good stories, obstacles rose in her path (mostly self-created obstacles) and it took her many years to put finger to keyboard and type her first book.
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