Sunday, March 16, 2014

Book Spotlight + Guest Post: X&Y by Rebecca Finlayson


 

I hope you're ready, because there's a stellar guest post headed your way right now! Today the spotlight is on X&Y by Rebecca Finlayson, a book all about people who design humans and the webs they weave. Sound like a book up your alley? Check out the synopsis!

Olivia Adonane has it all; remarkable intelligence, stunning beauty, and – as the daughter of the head of the Triad, Society’s top three Human Designers – immeasurable wealth. Yet, all is not as it seems. Olivia discovers a dark secret about her homeland, formerly known as Great Britain, where humans are designed in the womb, and she watches her best friend, Lily, die in a secret chamber below the Triad Building in London. From here on, she has a choice. Will she continue on her pre-designed path, following in her father’s footsteps to become the country’s most powerful Human Designer? Or will she seek to rebel against the government, attempting to expose and overthrow the seemingly-invincible regime so that her fellow citizens can be truly free?

Rebecca has written up a great guest post, so I'll stop rambling and get right to it! Here it is, for your enjoyment.

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The Power of Words

From September 2012 to July 2013 I did something crazy. I didn't have a formal job. Having done full-time education seventeen years, followed by full-time work for two years, deciding to take some time out to write was such a surreal thing to consider. I'd had so many stories whirring around in my mind for so long, but the thought of quitting work for a bit so I could actually sit down for hours at a time and put the stories to paper was quite daunting. Thanks to the support of my amazing husband, though, I did it, and I'm so glad that I did.

One of the first things I did before writing my stories was figuring out exactly why I wanted to write. The first thing that came to mind was the amazing feeling that you get from creating worlds that are entirely your own, but there was more to it than that.

Writers have tremendous power. How is it that squiggles on a bit of paper can make you laugh, cry, even want to throw the object in which they are contained across the room?

I had to figure out how exactly I was going to wield my own little bit of power. I was confident  (hopefully falling short of arrogant!) that people were going to read what I was going to write, be they few or many. I knew that I wanted to inspire and encourage teenagers – girls, in particular – because they face so much more pressure in our society than ever before. I decided that I needed to create characters who were kick-ass but not always in obvious ways. I knew that my characters needed to be relatable and, while they may not always be sure of their identity, they would learn to accept themselves. And most of all, while I would enjoy the writing process, I would need to be sure of the message I wanted to send. Because good books always stay with you long after you turn the last page, I needed to ensure that my words could teach the readers something good.

Sending out “X&Y” into the void has been a tremendous experience. I've had overwhelmingly positive feedback so far, for which I'm grateful. I'm really looking forward to the readers who want to converse with me about how the book made them feel and think, because that's what I always want to do when I've read something amazing.

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Since graduating in 2010 with a degree in Classical Civilisation, Rebecca worked as a Special Educational Needs Teaching Assistant at Blue Coat Academy in Coventry. She took a year out from September 2012 to July 2013 in order to engage in charity work and concentrate on some writing projects. During that time she completed two novels and began work on a third. Her debut novel, a YA Dystopian fiction called “X&Y”, is now available on Amazon Kindle with a free seven-chapter sample. Her second novel, an epic fantasy entitled “The Secrets of Nethiaria: The Magician's Book” will be released as an ebook in Late Spring 2014. You can find her at @finlaysonauthor or www.rebeccafinlaysonbooks.blogspot.co.uk



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