Nexis (Tricksters, #1) by A.L. Devroe
In the domed city of Evanescence, appearance is everything. A Natural Born among genetically altered Aristocrats, all Ella ever wanted was to be like everyone else. Augmented, sparkling, and perfect. Then…the crash. Devastated by her father’s death and struggling with her new physical limitations, Ella is terrified to learn she is not just alone, but little more than a prisoner.
Her only escape is to lose herself in Nexis, the hugely popular virtual reality game her father created. In Nexis she meets Guster, a senior player who guides Ella through the strange and compelling new world she now inhabits. He offers Ella guidance, friendship…and something more. Something that allows her to forget about the “real” world and makes her feel whole again. But when their separate worlds collide, Ella will have to choose between love and survival. Because Nexis isn’t quite the game everyone thinks it is. And it’s been waiting for Ella.
Amanda, how long have you been writing?
I started writing my Freshman year of high school. So…about a thousand years ago? LOL! Seriously though, that would be about…16 years? Ugh, now I feel old. -.-
Tell us where you were born and where do you live now.
I was born in Connecticut and I currently live in Connecticut, though I’ve spent extended periods of time in South Carolina, Pennsylvania, and Arizona and traveled extensively. Connecticut is a pretty cool little state. Minus the winter. I really hate the winter. If I could choose to live anywhere, I’d go back to South Carolina.
How do you know the idea is good enough to write a book about it?
It keeps pestering me until I start to write it. Sometimes I’ll get to starting in on a novel and then it peters out and I never pick it up again. That’s the tricky thing about these characters and plots that bother you. Sometimes they only want to tell you a scene or a few chapters, others want to tell you a whole series worth of story and you never know which is which.
Who has made the greatest difference for you as a writer?
Is it cheesy to say my mom? She was the person who first read things that I worked on as a kid and told me I had talent and should write a book. She always listened to my stories and encouraged me to be whatever I wanted. If she hadn’t done that for me, perhaps I never would have worked up the confidence to start writing a book at all.
What is the name of your book
Tell us more about it. Perhaps a back cover blurb.
In the domed city of Evanescence, appearance is everything. A Natural Born amongst genetically-altered Aristocrats, all Ella ever wanted was to be like everyone else. Augmented, sparkling, and perfect. Then…the crash. Devastated by her father’s death and struggling with her new physical limitations, Ella is terrified to learn she is not just alone, but little more than a prisoner.
Her only escape is to lose herself in Nexis, the hugely popular virtual reality game her father created. In Nexis she meets Guster, a senior player who guides Ella through the strange and compelling new world she now inhabits. He offers Ella guidance, friendship…and something more. Something that allows her to forget about the “real” world, and makes her feel whole again.
But Nexis isn’t quite the game everyone thinks it is.
And it’s been waiting for Ella.
Is there a book trailer for your book?
Yup! Here’s the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=we_AOmgtLAo
Do you have a favorite character, why?
In Nexis? Believe it or not, it’s Quentin. He’s deep. And bad ass. And totally cool. Ya’ll don’t get to see too much of that until the sequel, but you’ll have to take my word for it. Also, he’s sparkly. But not ‘cause he’s a vampire. It’s ‘cause he’s got nanites. I have to stress that…
What kind of impact do you expect your works to have in the reader’s lives?
I’d love to have just a handful of people who read this book and it just clicks with them. I have a main character who is so much like every other teen girl – she just wants to fit in and be loved – yet she endures so much more than that. I hope that resonates with readers — helps them to understand what’s fleeting and what’s important in our lives.
Do you have any advice for authors trying to break into the industry?
It’s seriously all about luck and timing. You could put hours and hours into writing and revising, going to workshops, and honing your craft until you have the best piece of literature ever written, but you may STILL not get an acceptance letter. Above everything, this industry is a business. If an editor doesn’t think they can pitch it, doesn’t have room for it, doesn’t have the budget for it, or doesn’t think there is a large enough market for it, they aren’t gonna take it, even if they loved it. That’s just how it is and it doesn’t mean you should give up on your dream.
What are your new years goals?
Would you believe that I don’t make New Year’s goals? But, since I’m reaching a life goal by getting this book published and it’s close to the end of the year, I’ll have to start focusing on a new one won’t I? So, my new life goal is to be better about managing my time so that I can fit all the things I love into my life.
Where can we find your book? (Please live links work best)
And wherever books are sold!
A.L. (Amanda) Davroe writes both YA and adult speculative fiction. She prefers revisionist tales in paranormal, romance, Steampunk, and fantasy. She is the author of Salvation Station (adult psych horror), The City Steam Collection (adult psych horror), For Your Heart (YA Paranormal Romance) and her YA Sci-Fi novel, Nexis, is coming out with Entangled Publishing December 1, 2015!
By day, Amanda lives in Connecticut with her two feline hench-creatures and makes cheese. She’s a terrible blusher, has a weak spot for cuddly animals, loves Laffy Taffy and Cadbury MiniEggs, and she’s a huge advocate of alternative healing methods. Amanda also wears purple shoes and corsets…Though not always in the same ensemble. She’s a Capricorn, a Hufflepuff, a bit gothic, and a few nuggets short of a Happy Meal.
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