Fourteen year old Adenine is blind and isolated in her small attic bedroom. The last carrier of the Death Plague — that wiped out thousands of her country’s people twenty-five years ago — she must avoid contact with the outside world.
When her mother fails to bring her food Adenine begins to starve. Driven by her hunger, Adenine ventures into the house discovering her mother bedridden and sick. Despite her terror of infecting others, Adenine fumbles her way onto the streets of Borrelia in search of the town’s doctor.
Soon, she is surrounded by new friends… and enemies she never knew existed. Adenine’s mother is keeping dark secrets, her friends are lying to her and when threats arise she must decide who to trust.
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Having not written in other genres, I can only say what I’ve observed from reading other genres. I find fantasy is the only type of writing where you can build your world from the ground up. Romance, mystery, comedy, adventure, all of this can still happen in fantasy, but with the authors twist on events that ground the novel in magical themes. Fantasy can be anything and I love that fact.
What Advice Would You Give Aspiring Writers?
Work hard. Write or edit everyday. Research how your favorite writers develop their plot and characters. Look at their choice of sentence structure and word choices. Develop your grammar/spelling/punctuation. Fiddle with content so it’s believable and engaging. Work hard on how you explain your characters. Give them unique characteristics. If you’re an indie writer, get a drill sergeant editor. What do I mean by this? Get one that cares when you don’t use that comma and isn’t afraid to tell you that you’ve missed it. Get an editor that will teach you during their feedback of your manuscript exactly how to improve your writing. This has been the most helpful for me.
Don’t give up. Don’t stop believing. Don’t give up your day job (going part-time is acceptable) 😉
Kylie J. Colt lives on the west coast of Australia in the sprawling city of Perth and has been writing for three years. Her favorite writers are Kristin Cashore, Robin Hobb, Trudi Canavan and Maria V. Snyder. She has an honors degree in psychology and counseling, enjoys road trips, gaming (Skyrim/Civilisation/Assassin’s Creed), music festivals (electronica), playing pool, yoga, bushwalking, and gobbles up anything fantasy-related. Her favorite fantasy shows include Game of Thrones and Trueblood, and she is currently reading Robin Hobb’s Blood of Dragons.