Blog Tour: ONCE by Anna Carey

Today I have the pleasure and honor of being a part of Anna Carey's ONCE blog tour. Please stay around and read about this fascinating new series and it's author. 

Anna Carey is the author of EVE, which is now available wherever books are sold. The sequel, ONCE, hits shelves July 3rd, 2012. She grew up on Long Island, the daughter of a special education teacher and an astronomer. Early on she talked of being a painter, district attorney, flutist, physical therapist, or graphic designer, but eventually pursued writing—the one thing that allowed her to be all of the above. She studied Literature and Creative Writing at NYU, and took part in her fair share of snowball fights in Washington Square Park. After college, she worked as an editor in children’s publishing before getting a Masters in Fiction from Brooklyn College. She now lives in Los Angeles, where the apartments are bigger and the weather is sunnier, but she still misses New York.

1) What was your inspiration for writing this series?
Eve started with a question: what happens when you find out everything you’ve learned is a lie? How do you move forward from that? How do you reconcile what you’ve been taught, with the truths you’re discovering every day?

2) What kind of research went into creating the post apocalyptic world for EVE/ONCE?

I knew I wanted the world to be a lush, overgrown version of our world—foreign and familiar all at once. What if life didn’t just go on without us, what if it thrived? What if ugly strip malls were covered over with ivy and moss and nature reclaimed everything we had built? I watched documentaries on Chernobyl to learn more about what life was like in places that had been abandoned. How quickly can the earth regenerate?

From there, researching the world was a long series of questions and answers. Is there a wild boar population in Marin? How many years can canned food last without going bad? How long does it take to get from Lake Tahoe to Sedona on horseback? Walking? By Jeep? Slowly, by answering these questions one by one, the setting became more specific and real.

3) What can your fans look forward to next?

I’ve just finished the third and final book in the series, Rise. Now I’m reading, writing, and developing my next series. Stay tuned!

4) What made you decide to write YA literature?

There’s something so compelling about firsts. Your first kiss, your first relationship, your first friendship that ends. I remember that time so vividly. Certain situations really do feel like they have life or death stakes. When I’m writing YA I get to revisit those firsts, and there’s a natural drama that arises in each story. It’s equally exciting and terrifying.

There was also this moment when I was writing Eve when I thought about who was going to read that first book. Now, because of what the YA world has become, you canhave a reader who’s just experienced their first kiss and a reader who’s going through their second divorce. I love reaching so many women from different generations. I often get emails about a mother and daughter who read the book together, or a grandmother and granddaughter who are awaiting the sequel. That’s thrilling to me.

5) Besides ONCE what other books do you recommend reading this year?

I’m just now reading Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, and really enjoying it. The photographs add this whole other layer to the book.

6) ONCE was a very emotional read for me, so I can only imagine how you must have felt during the writing process. Without revealing too much what was the most difficult passage for you to write?

There are some very painful moments in the book. The final chapters were definitely the most challenging. It’s interesting though, overall I was more emotional writing the first book than the second, and I wonder if that has to do with how much Eve’s character has changed. She’s been hardened by everything she’s seen, so the way she processes things (even the most horrific events) is different than before. She’s a little more removed from her emotions, witnessing the events and trying to make sense of them.

7) In creating the character of "THE KING" whom did you draw inspiration from?

I read a lot about famous dictators throughout history and tried to understand theirmotivations. How does someone become so unfeeling and cold? How do they rationalize their actions? To themselves? To others? I started by reading First They Killed My Father, which is a young woman’s account of the Cambodian genocide. Strangely enough, while I was writing the first draft the Arab Spring happened. Revolutions were taking place in Tunisia, Egypt and Libya.

8) Ahhhh!! ONCE ended on a cliffhanger that has me twisting for the next novel. Is there anything that you can divulge about RISE?

It’s hard to say anything without revealing something. There’s a HUGE twist that happens in the third book, and it changes everything. I think readers will be very surprised at Eve’s evolution throughout the series.
 Here are the other participants of this great tour. Please stop by and check them all out.

An Eve Novel, Book One
by Anna Carey
ISBN-13: 978-0062048547
Harper Teen, 320 pages.
Amazon, B&N, Goodreads

In the second book of this thrilling dystopian adventure, Eve comes face-to-face with the man who has been ruthlessly hunting her—and learns the shocking truth about who she really is.

Brimming with danger and star-crossed romance, and featuring a vivid dystopian landscape, this electrifying follow-up to Eve, which bestselling author Lauren Kate called “a gripping, unforgettable adventure—and a fresh look at what it means to love” is sure to appeal to fans who crave the high-stakes adventure of The Hunger Games and the irresistible love story of Romeo and Juliet.

Sixteen years have passed since a deadly virus wiped out most of the Earth’s population. After learning of the terrifying part she and her classmates were fated to play in the rebuilding of New America, eighteen-year-old Eve fled to the wilds and Califia, a haven for women determined to live outside the oppressive rule of the king of New America. However, her freedom came at a price: she was forced to leave Caleb, the boy she loves, wounded and alone at the city gates. Eve quickly learns that Califia may not be as safe as it seems and soon finds herself in the City of Sand and the palace of the king. There she uncovers the real reason he was so intent on her capture, and the unbelievable role he intends her to fill. When she is finally reunited with Caleb, they will enact a plan as daring as it is dangerous. But will Eve once again risk everything—her freedom, her life—for love?

An Eve Novel, Book Three
by Anna Carey
Coming 04/02/13
ISBN-13: 978-0062048578
Publisher: Harper Collins
Pages: 320
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Read an excerpt here
 Just a little tease to help satisfy a ravenous appetite but remember to read ONCE beforehand.

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