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Interview & Giveaway: Solid by Shelley Workinger

I'm thrilled to have Shelley Workinger on the blog today. Her book, Solid, is one I really enjoyed and I'm excited to read book 2 in the series, Settling. She's also been kind enough to offer up a giveaway!

1. Solid involves teens that were altered due to an experimental drug given to their mothers. Did this story idea come from an interest in science? What do you think was your biggest influence to write this story?

I don’t have a major affinity for science (although I think genetics are fascinating!) and, aside from the show V, I’m not a huge sci-fi fan, which is part of the reason that Solid is pretty science-light J My main impetus for writing the story was to reach the early teen readers who start becoming so overwhelmed with required reading that they lose interest in pleasure reading as well. I first dreamt the romantic scene that became chapter twelve, and as I developed it, the science aspect just evolved and I fought to keep it (along with the rest of the book) fun and fast.

2. The teens in your book have super-human powers. If you could pick a power, what would it be? Also, which power would you NOT want to have?
I really like the idea of probable, even evolutionary abilities, which is why the talents of the Solid characters are not wildly dramatic “powers.” I had Janet use the word “solidity” in the book and say that it was the best they could come up with because I felt it was the best word I could come up with to express the idea behind the abilities – the modification of the solid, physical self. I thought, what if we could change the parts of us that we think of as “set,” and blow through the physical limitations we’ve always taken as givens? There’s also the metaphoric aspect to the relationship between the person and his/her abilities; the abilities only affect the solid self, not outside objects like time travel or telekinesis, just like we as people should focus on what we can change – ourselves – and not things that we can’t. Oh, and I would NOT want to hear other people’s thoughts – there are some things we’re better off not knowing.

3. Can you share with us what else we can expect from this series?

First, now that Solid got a lot of exposition out of the way, Settling can move forward faster, and a lot of the things that were just introduced in book one can expand. However, it’s not a race for Clio and her friends to rush out and save the world. I meant the line of the cover of Solid (What if you discovered you were the product of a secret genetic experiment?), and I don’t think it would be realistic for someone to find out she could become invisible and then suddenly turn into a superhero if that was not in her nature. I also feel like military kids who finally found a solid center of people they instantly clicked with who were so much like themselves would be in no rush to abandon that. So, yes, the abilities will definitely take on a larger role as the teens settle into their new lives, but it will be an organic, not instant, process.
4. Do you have any other book ideas in the works right now?

I have 2 new ideas that are VERY different from this – one future/dystopian and one about ghosts and football – but I can’t really develop anything until I finish Sound (book 3 of the Solid series).
5. Can you tell us 10 little-known facts about you, or about Solid?
How about some of each? Garrett is my favorite character. 4 new major characters will be introduced in Settling, and a minor character will gain a larger role. Vallard (Jack’s last name) is a blend of valiant and bard, as he’s a knightly poet. My dad is a retired colonel, and when I couldn’t remember the name of the uniform cap (garrison cap), he told me it was a “piss cap.” I didn’t think I could use that, and he actually struggled to come up with the official name. Jersey is much greener than people think – 40% of the state is protected from development. I was in the Washington Monument when it was struck by lightning. I love costumes – one Mardi Gras I dressed my boyfriend as a man pretending to be a woman to get off the Titanic and myself as the dead woman whose seat he stole. Yeah, nobody got it.

My celebrity crushes are Jeff Probst, John Gruden, and Ben Bailey from Cash Cab (do you see the common sarcastic trait?). And Ian Somerhalder, of course. The most exciting day of my life was watching the Saints win the Superbowl. I believe if every child had someone to love them, we’d have no problems in the world.
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*I'll never pass up a chance to put a picture of Ian on my blog… ever!

Solid by Shelley Workinger Publisher: CreateSpace (July 9th, 2010) Reading Level: Young Adult Paperback: 222 pages Series: Solid book #1 Teens who discover they were secretly genetically altered before birth are brought together at a classified site where they forge new friendships, find love, develop"super-abilities," and even unearth a conspiracy.

Giveaway Prize:

  • 1 US winner will receive a signed copy of Solid.
  • 1 International winner will receive the ebook of Solid.

Rules:
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  • Contest is US/International and ends March 3rd.
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