Monday, September 19, 2016

Into the Abyss by Stefanie Gaither Blog Tour

Into the Abyss
Author: Stefanie Gaither
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publication Date: August 30, 2016

Violet has lost her memory, and her sense of self—but can she decide who she wants to be in time to save the world? Find out in this sequel to Falls the Shadow, which Kirkus Reviews called perfect “for fans of Divergent and The Hunger Games.”
Violet Benson used to know who she was: a dead girl’s clone, with a dead girl’s memories. But after Huxley’s attempt to take over the government left her memories and personality wiped, all she has left is a mission: help the CCA fight back against the rest of Huxley’s deadly clones that are still at large.
But when a group of clones infiltrate CCA headquarters, Violet is blamed. Already unsure of where her loyalties should lie, Violet finds herself running away with an unlikely ally: Seth, Jaxon’s unpredictable foster brother. With Seth at her side, Violet begins to learn about a whole new side of her city’s history—and her own.
But when she learns the shocking truth about cloning, Violet will have to make a choice—and it may be one that takes her away from everyone she ever loved.

Author Interview
Who was your favorite character to write?
Violet was my favorite character to write in the first book, and I'd have to say she remained my favorite for this book too--which is great, since she was the pov character this go-around! I loved delving deeper into her thought processes and trying to put myself in her shoes; she's unique--a clone with a very complicated history--and capturing her on the page was both challenging and enlightening. Her sidekick, Seth, was fun to write too. Most of my favorite scenes involve both of them and their banter, so I guess they technically tie for "favorite character." 

If Into the Abyss had a theme song what would it be?
Ooh, I love this question. Most of my books have very extensive playlists. If I had to narrow it down, I guess I'd go with what I listened to most while writing, which was probably "Arsonist's Lullabye" and "Like Real People Do" by Hozier. And a bunch of songs by the Silversun Pickups. And "Alone Together" by Fall Out Boy. Also "Hurricane" and "Strings" by MS MR always make me think of Violet/Cate's relationship specifically. Yeah, sorry, that's like five songs...and two favorite characters above...I'm really indecisive today, apparently. ;)

How did your writing process change between Falls the Shadow and Into the Abyss?
Catelyn (the main character in Falls) and Violet (the main character in Abyss) are two very different people, so it took me a bit to get used to writing things from Violet's perspective, and to keep myself from slipping back into Cate's voice. It was especially difficult because Cate is a lot more similar to me than Violet. So, with Falls, there wasn't really much to think about--Cate's voice just sort of flowed out, and she felt like someone I'd known for a very long time. I knew what she would think and do about most scenes before I'd even written them. Violet, on the other hand, felt like someone I was gradually getting to know as Abyss progressed. She was full of surprises, and I found myself revisiting a lot of scenes, reworking her characterization to let the "real" version of her shine through as I discovered more about that "real" version in later scenes.

As for the overall process...this book was different to write simply because it had an actual contracted deadline. I actually wrote Falls in about the same amount of time as Abyss took, but I didn't have to write it that quickly. I didn't even have an agent yet when I wrote Falls, so there was no pressure, really; no one was waiting for that book or expecting it to be publishable (or close to it). So Abyss required working in a different sort of mental state, and being more aware of time management (particularly since I had a baby one month before Abyss was due, which complicated things in a beautiful, wonderful sort of way).

Can you give us any hints about a third book, or maybe something new you're working on?
No more clone books planned at the moment, but I'm currently working on a fantasy novel that features a cursed heroine who might actually be a villain. And also there's lots of dragons and blood and weird magic. High fantasy was actually my first love as a reader so I'm really, really excited about this new, weird little book.
About the author
After co-managing a coffee shop for several years while simultaneously earning my B.A. in English, I left the small business world behind to focus on my author career instead. Now, in addition to penning YA novels, I also work part-time as a copywriter for an advertising agency. I live near Charlotte, North Carolina with my husband and our incredibly spoiled Shih Tzu.

One day I’ll stop being lazy and write a more interesting bio, but for now, you’re stuck with this.

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