Please welcome author Jordana Frankel to Dystopian August! Her debut, THE WARD, is set to release from Katherine Tegen Books (HarperCollins) in the first part of 2013.
Here’s the summary:
THE WARD begins a dystopian series, set in a future New York City after a catastrophic flood called the Wash-Out, where a few thousand survivors live on the tops of abandoned buildings, and fresh water is almost impossible to find.
When sixteen-year-old Ren finds a freshwater spring with healing properties, she wants nothing more than to cure her home of the Blight, but she is thwarted by both a political agenda that would exploit the spring and by those who have guarded its secret for centuries.
And the interview!
Why do you think people are drawn to "dark" stories?
A few reasons, I think, but I’ll only speak for myself. I personally like (maybe “like” isn’t the right word – how about “can’t help”?) thinking about the worst-case scenario. You know: What is the absolute most awful thing that could happen to me right now – and how would I handle it? I’d like to think I wouldn’t stall out. Maybe it also makes me a bit braver – En garde! Awful Thing ahoy at nonspecific moment! Go, be insane in the way you’ve always desired. Turn yourself into the person you would most like to be.
If THE WARD had a theme song, what would it be and why?
Sweet idea! Shoot ‘em down by Ghostland Observatory. I can't wait to see everyone else's theme songs!
What fictional character from another book would your main character chose as his/her best friend and why?
Growing up, Lyra from His Dark Materials. I feel like Lyra and Ren (my main character) could have gotten into some seriously entertaining scrapes together.
What are your top 5 Dystopian lit recs and why?
I’m going to go with just one. That way you can really imagine it surrounded by neon lights, an arrow pointed its way:
Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson. Go. Now. It was first recommended to me by a former boyfriend, and I’m so, so happy that such a trippy, well written adventure came across my path. It’s helped while writing THE WARD, too.
What's on the top of your to-do list before the world ends? (you know, in case it ends next year)
Meh. Make sure each day, at the end of the day, I can close my eyes and say that I’ve fully embraced my time awake. These days, it’s the day-by-day. That’s a tall enough order!
But if that answer is too fluffy...hehe, I'll throw in that I’d like to put on a badass fire spinning performance without thinking too hard about it, or without (too much) fear. J Just enough to respect the risk, but not so much that I can’t enjoy how crazy it feels to turn fire into a dancing partner.
How does your novel stand out from others in the genre?
Oh dear! What a question. Well, each book is unique, and each take on this Worst-Case-Scenario Future presents a different obstacle to work through that’s interesting to think about.
That said…my girl wears a red leather catsuit.