Would you sacrifice your humanity to save mankind?
ITâ€™S THE YEAR 2828, and Domus is the last remaining country. Divided into twelve walled cities known as genuses, Domus spans whatâ€™s known as the purist landsâ€”lands unaffected by the genetic modifications that killed all other species of mammals. But outside the walls of each genus the Immundus threaten the welfare of those within. From a young age, all citizens of Domus are trained for combat against these intruders.
At sixteen, Nia Luna knows little of the Immundus, except for the citywide alarms that ring any time an Immundus nears the genus walls. What she does know is that her own species is dyingâ€”their numbers dwindling as a mysterious disease called allagine kills many before their eleventh birthday. The same disease that ravaged her family when it took her sister.
When Nia is recruited into Genesis, a research company pioneering the path to a cure, she knows that her dream to find a cure for allagine is finally within her grasp. But within weeks of starting at Genesis, Nia witnesses something she shouldnâ€™t haveâ€”something that changes everything. As she sets down a dangerous path that uncovers national secrets, Nia will have to decide not only what kind of person she wants to be but also how far sheâ€™s willing to go to save humanity.
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I grew up in Salinas, California, the same hometown of John Steinbeck, one of Americaâ€™s greatest writers.Â I loved to read (and still do) and frequented the John Steinbeck Library as a child. I discovered at an early age that I also enjoyed writing. In sixth grade, my teacher, Mr. Graham gave the class an assignment to write a story for a contest. The contest required that we create our book binding as well, which we did with cardboard, glue, and wallpaper. My book was called â€œMully Mullyâ€ about a creature who lived in an underwater lake city. I was sad when I didnâ€™t win, but I cherished my book so I kept it all these years.Â It wasnâ€™t until a few years ago that I decided to put other stories, roaming around in my mind, down on paper again, or actually, in my case, into a computer.
I took a non-traditional route to writing, considering I have a doctorate in Educational Leadership. Aside from writing, I work full-time as a Training & Development Coordinator at Kaweah Delta, aÂ teaching hospital, and some semesters I also teach at College of the Sequoias in Visalia, California, where I currently live. When Iâ€™m not at my full-time and part-time job, I enjoy writing, reading, watching TV, and spending time with my husband and pets (cat-Smokey, dog-Princess).
The ImmundusÂ is my debut novel.
What writers inspired you to become an author?
Ray Bradbury (The Veldt), Robert C. Obrien (Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of Nimh), Richard Adams (A Watership Down). These authors inspired me through their stories that helped me see the world differently. I wrote my first book in 6thgrade (video attached).
If you could travel to any time in history, when would you visit?
During one of my speaking events, one of the people who asked me a question referred to me as a Renaissance woman after I gave him my answer, so I would like to visit a time during the Renaissance.
If you could have dinner with any of your characters, which ones would you choose? What food would you serve?
I would have the Marcello family over for dinner. Since animals donâ€™t exist in their world I would serve them a vegan meal, so as to not shock them.
What gets your creative juices going? Do you write to music, and do you want to share your playlist?
I actually donâ€™t write to music. For me itâ€™s distracting. I need silence to write and when I put my fingers on the keyboard I just start typing. I donâ€™t do anything to get my creative juices flowing. I think this is because I have a full-time job (more than 40 hours a week) so by the time I get home the ideas just flow out after having them backed up in my mind all day.
If you could travel anywhere, on earth or off, where would you go?
Mars, to see if the hype is real. J
What color would you wear if you had only one choice?
Describe your dream writing spot.
At a beach house in the tropics, lounging on the outdoor patio as crystal blue waves massage the sand. Thereâ€™s a small table to the right of me that holds an ice cold banana shake that chills my throat with every sip, but thatâ€™s okay because it tempers the hot kisses from the sun.