Today I welcome new author Gretchen Powell to the blog! Gretchen's debut novel, Terra, dropped in December. Gretchen is discussing what a day in her life while she was writing was like. But, first, the book summary.
A broken and desolate Earth. A young girl struggling to survive. A lost boy with a powerful secret.
A discovery that will change everything.
In the distant wake of a plague that has decimated the Earth's population, humanity is split in two: The rich and powerful live in skycities that float overhead, while those who remain on the ground have gathered in settlements strewn across a dying planet. Eighteen-year-old Terra Rhodon is a terrestrial--a denizen of the barren groundworld--who makes her living as a scav. Long abandoned by her father, her caregivers gone, Terra supports herself and her younger brother, Mica, by scouring the earth for discarded scraps and metals to recycle for profit. One day, while on a routine scavenging run, she discovers something that shocks her home settlement of Genesis X-16. When the value of her discovery is revealed, Terra's world is turned upside down.
Terra suddenly finds herself asking questions no one will answer. Her search for the truth leads her to Adam--a beguiling skydweller unlike any she has ever met. But Adam has secrets and a quest of his own, and with him by her side, the world Terra thought she knew begins to unravel. Soon her discoveries unearth a terrifying conspiracy that has the potential to shatter everything--a revelation that will test the bonds of loyalty, family, and love.
A Day in the Life While Writing TERRA
7:00 AM: Up, up, up! It’s going to be a big, big, big, big day!
7:05 – 7:45 AM: Shower, preen, and primp. Then it’s off to work (at the dayjob).
8:30 – 5 PM: Work, but all the while dream about writing. Jot down notes and ideas for the book that come to you throughout the day.
5:30 – 8:30 PM: Arrive back at home, take care of “home stuff” – walk the dogs, cook and eat dinner, have a little downtime.
8:30 – 10:00 PM: Sit down at my computer. Attempt to write. More likely, get distracted by the wonders of the internet. Oh, technology.
10:00 – 10:30 PM: Give up for the day, get ready for bed.
Sometime between 11:00 and 1 PM: Whilst lying in bed, restless and unable to fall asleep, inspiration strikes! I whip myself out of bed and head back to the computer, and finally get some real writing done.
So there you have it! In all honesty, probably something like 75% of Terra was written in the wee hours of the night. I think Jo March from Little Women summed up what writing was like for me perfectly:
“Late at night my mind would come alive with voices and stories and friends as dear to me as any in the real world. I gave myself up to it, longing for transformation.”
Chapters 1 & 2 are available to read online: http://www.gretchenpowell.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/Terra-Sample-Chapters.pdf
Half-Chinese and the daughter of a US diplomat, Gretchen Powell spent her childhood growing up in far-off places. She made it all the way to her mid-twenties whilst maintaining her deep-seated love for young adult novels, so she decided to write one of her own.
Her creative process involves copious amounts of Sour Patch Kids and sleeping fitfully. Her many interests include anything with polka dots, Harry Potter, and playing the ukulele.
When she isn't crafting devastated futuristic worlds and fiery heroines, Gretchen also writes a healthy living blog, entitled "Honey, I Shrunk the Gretchen!"
She lives in Northern Virginia with her two adorable miniature schnauzers. They wear many sweaters.
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