Date Published: April 13, 2021
Publisher: Acorn Publishing
Orion City has been on lockdown for ten years. Courtney Spencer, a disillusioned barista doomed to live a “normal” life in a quarantined fishbowl, is certain she’ll never see over the Wall again. Until one rainy evening, Courtney unintentionally befriends W, an eccentric customer who leaves a switchblade in the tip jar. The unexpected acquaintance soon opens the door to a frightening string of questions that flips everything she knows upside down. Stumbling into a world of secrets, lies, and disturbing truths, Courtney grapples with a burning temptation to look again at the Wall. Surrounded by citizens trained to ignore its looming shadow, Courtney no longer can. Intrigued and terrified to expand her world, Courtney finds herself toeing a knife’s edge between the law and justice, learning quickly that the two are not always compatible. She wants to cling to her morals. She also wants to stay alive. But most of all, she wants to see a certain customer again, despite everything in her whispering W is dangerous. In a gritty urban clash of hope and fear, passion and survival, The Walls of Orion explores the edges of light, dark, and the gray in between.
What is the hardest part of writing your books?
The hardest part of writing my books is when the characters take the outline and run away with it. Lol, I’m not even joking. I usually start a story with a vague idea in my head of where it’s going, and once the characters sketch themselves into something lifelike, and I know them pretty well, I pencil out a rough outline of the rest of the story. But I always have to use a pencil. In my most recent novel (not Walls), the villain decided he didn’t want to be the villain, and the hero decided they wanted to fall in love with a secondary character who wasn’t the love interest. It’s been pretty fun.
It’s also hard when the words just don’t come. Some days, if I’m going through something tough or my emotions are bogging me down, I just have to take a break and set my computer aside for a few days, take care of myself, and come back to the story when I’m ready to write again.
What songs are most played on your Ipod?
My character playlists. I make playlists for each of my stories and characters, and it’s really funny to see my Top Played songs on Spotify at the end of every year, because a lot of those songs aren’t me at all, but Courtney or W or Avery or Melanie or Nyal… all the characters with the most songs on any given playlist. I listen to a lot of alternative rock, punk, folk, and random stuff in between. Funny enough, I got really into jazz while writing The Walls of Orion, because W reminds me so much of a 1920’s gangster.
Do you have critique partners or beta readers?
I send my novel to my mom, sister, and friends for critiques, before I send them off to my editor :) I love hearing feedback, and they’re very constructive with me if they need to fix something, and are just all-around super motivation-boosters, since I adore hearing their reactions and unedited thoughts about my characters and plot twists.
What book are you reading now?
I’m reading a lot of books at the same time, actually. I can never sit down and read just one. Currently, the ones I’m really enjoying are In the Flesh by Michael Gabriele, and I love rereading Supernova by Marissa Meyer (she’s one of my favorite authors).
How did you start your writing career?
I’ve been writing since I could hold a pen. I taught myself to type fast in seventh grade when I wrote my first full-length novel, a fantasy fiction that is honestly kind of cringe-worthy but still holds a special place in my heart. My dad printed it out on a book press at his work place, and seeing my own words come to life on a printed, bound page just sparked something inside of me. I’m forever grateful to him for doing that for me. My mom is a hobby writer, and she inspired me to start writing and mentored me in the craft since I was very young. It was my dream to become as talented of a writer as she is. She’s my biggest cheerleader.
My next release is the concluding sequel to The Walls of Orion, titled City of Loons, and is coming out in July! I’m so stoked to hear what people think of the ending. In the meantime, I’ve been working on my next release, a young adult fantasy saga called Shadow Walkers. This one’s got all my favorite elements: an antihero, a badass female protagonist, a found family, a sizzling enemies-to-lovers arc, and a shattering and rebuilding of the main character’s worldview. With higher fantasy than Walls, a wider cast of characters, and complex, deeply layer world-building, this one might just be my favorite story I’ve worked on yet.
About the Author
Armed with a bachelor’s degree in Intercultural Studies, her favorite stories to write usually involve a clash of worldviews, an unflinching reevaluation of one’s own internal compass, and an embrace of the compelling unease that arises when vastly different worlds collide.
When not recklessly exploring inner-city alleyways during midnight thunderstorms in the States, she can be found exploring rainforests without enough bug spray somewhere along the equator.
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