I am pleased to welcome Ruth Silver to Middle Grade Munch today. Her book is considered young adult, so my daughter didn’t read it with me this time. I did get the chance to ask Ruth a few questions…
Rose-Marie Lyttle: What was your favorite childhood book?
Ruth Silver: The Velveteen Rabbit, it’s not only a beautiful story but also quite sad. Plus I love rabbits, I used to have one in college (that I snuck into my dorm room).
Rose-Marie Lyttle: What do you like to do besides writing?
Ruth Silver: I love to read, which probably goes without saying. I also enjoy photography, video games, karaoke, traveling and just hanging out with my friends.
Rose-Marie Lyttle: Do you have any plans to write a spin-off for Aberrant?
Ruth Silver: Yes! I am currently working on an untitled project that is a prequel, spin-off. I haven’t spoken much about it, but I will say there is plenty of action and a world to explore that we’ve barely touched in the Aberrant trilogy.
Rose-Marie Lyttle: How did you come up with creating Cabal, dystopian society in Aberrant? What inspired you?
Ruth Silver: The name itself, Cabal, comes from its definition. “A small group of secret plotters,” which I felt fitting for a dystopian society. I wanted the name to signify a revolution, because Cabal is not the perfect society that the government wishes and pretends it to be. I wanted Cabal to strive for Utopian but instead of being perfect, it was something else entirely.
The inspiration itself comes from most of us striving towards perfection. I don’t think there are many people that want a world without jobs, filled with homeless people that are starving. I think it’s easy to see what’s going on in society, what’s happening now and see a glimpse of the current world in its worst. It made me want to imagine a better world and then I realized how would this perfect world be flawed?
Rose-Marie Lyttle: In few words, why should we read your book?
Ruth Silver: I believe Aberrant will appeal to readers who liked the suspense of The Hunger Games, the thrill-seeking tests of Divergent and the romance and unique abilities of Graceling.
Rose-Marie Lyttle: What was the hardest part of writing Aberrant?
Ruth Silver: The hardest part was writing the characters suffering. I know that they will get through the pain – physical or emotional – and it will make them stronger, but it’s still hard to torture your favorite character.
Rose-Marie Lyttle: Who was your favorite character to write in Aberrant?
Ruth Silver: I had the most fun with writing Olivia. She’s full of so many mixed emotions and traits that we’re always learning something about who she is. She’s not complacent. She has a mind of her own and likes to explore the world around her. She’s curious by nature and it has the tendency to get her into trouble. She’s complex, which makes her three-dimensional, but also incredibly caring and supportive of those she loves.
Rose-Marie Lyttle: Why did you decide on making Aberrant into a series?
Ruth Silver: I felt like I had a huge story to tell. Something that would span across hundreds of thousands of words. That may not seem like a lot but when sending your novel to agents and publishers, there’s a certain word count they’re looking for in new authors and in young adult/new adult titles. The only way to properly tell the story, was to turn it into a trilogy.
Rose-Marie Lyttle: How long have you been writing?
Ruth Silver: I started writing poetry and just putting my thoughts onto paper when I was in high school. I loved reading fan fiction and it wasn’t long before I started writing it. In college, I spent at least as many hours writing as I did studying and going to class. I had some friends that were supportive and there were others that thought I couldn’t do it, which made me even more determined.
Rose-Marie Lyttle: Where did the idea for Aberrant come from?
Ruth Silver: The idea of Aberrant came from both my imagination and personal experience. The story developed out of choices that we have and that each of us make. I wanted to delve into those choices and imagine a world where they weren’t given to us but expected of us.
Rose-Marie Lyttle: How are you like, or unlike, Aberrant’s protagonist, Olivia?
Ruth Silver: At eighteen, Olivia is incredibly brave. She’s thrown into this tough situation and forced to leave her family and the only home she’s ever known. I couldn’t imagine leaving those I love behind. I wouldn’t want to. So much so, that I’d probably refuse to go.
Rose-Marie Lyttle: What are you currently working on?
Ruth Silver: I’ve got several writing projects underway. Forget Me Knot (Royal Reaper 2) is in edits right now with an expected Spring 2015 release. I’ve got an untitled spin-off for Aberrant in the works, which is a prequel story. Elfinland (Orenda 2) is about half-way written. To top it off, I’m also writing steamy adult fiction under the name Ravyn Rayne, which will be available this year as well. You can find those projects on Ravyn Rayne Reads.
What if your existence was illegal?
It was supposed to be the perfect system: food, shelter, and jobs for everyone. A strive toward Utopian.
When children can no longer be conceived through natural means, a lottery is established to determine which families will conceive a child in a lab through IVF.
Eighteen year old Olivia Parker is an anomaly. She shouldn’t exist.
The government wants her dead. The rebels have their own perverted agenda. In a world filled with secrets, betrayals, and death lurking at every turn, Olivia must decide her own path and who to trust.
Adventure, mystery, and romance come together in this fast-paced Young Adult dystopian fantasy that will keep readers of all ages turning the pages. Aberrant is the first novel in the Aberrant series.
Recommended for ages 15+
Joshua came into my room, ignoring all rules as he helped push the dresser further from the wall, knocking it to the floor allowing me more than enough room to grab the journal and go. I tossed it inside the pack and Joshua put the map inside before we stepped out of my bedroom. I glanced down the hall, not sure what I expected to see. To the right the dormitory had been hit, and a roar of smoke and fire filled the confined space. Jacqueline was gone. Hand-in-hand we ran in the opposite direction toward the staircase.
My eyes burned. Coughing, I refused to let go of his hand as we stepped outside. Drones weren’t the only things attacking Haven. Tanks rolled into town. A few soldiers jumped off, taking over the perimeter, guns drawn. I paused, gripping Joshua’s hand as we were shrouded in smoke. Just a few feet away, a soldier lifted his weapon and unleashed fury on a group of innocent people. I covered my mouth with my hand to keep from crying out when a child no older than three hit the cement. His eyes remained open as blood seeped from his head. He didn’t move. Didn’t blink. It took only a moment to realize he’d died instantly. All I could do was stand there in shock.
“We have to move,” I heard Joshua’s voice, but it didn’t register. The smoke swirled around us and gunfire erupted in every direction. He grabbed my arm. “Olivia, I need you to focus.” I nodded once, trying my best to clear the cobwebs from my mind. I couldn’t, though. I wanted to run out to the child and protect him, but it was too late. I was too late. They were here because of me, innocent blood on my hands. I felt the heat radiating from the dormitory and my eyes flashed back. “I need you here with me, Olive.”
“I am,” I insisted, knowing if I didn’t focus we’d both be dead. I spotted more soldiers – their standard issue uniform and the Cabal crest on their jacket sleeve told me all I needed to know. The government had come looking for us. “Which way?” I couldn’t see the exit. With the smoke enveloping us and the fear coursing through my veins, I forgot the direction we’d come from.
About the Author
Ruth Silver is the best-selling author of the Aberrant trilogy. With a passion for writing and a love of story-telling, Ruth is actively writing YA fiction under her own name and adult romance novels under Ravyn Rayne. Her interests also include traveling, reading, and photography. Her favorite vacation destination is Australia. Ruth currently resides in Plainfield, Illinois. She can be found on Twitter, Facebook, and her blogs Write Away Bliss and Ravyn Rayne Reads.