Fiery Seas Publishing
December 6, 2016
Two worlds...one glass wall...no turning back.
The human race has been divided. The chosen few live in the safety of the domes, watching through their glass walls as those left on the outside suffer and die. But desperation has brought invention, and new drugs have given the outsiders the strength to roam the poisoned night unafraid – but it comes at a price.
Seventeen-year-old Nola Kent has spent her life in the domes, being trained to protect her little piece of the world that has been chosen to survive. The mission of the domes is to preserve the human race, not to help the sick and starving. But when outsider Kieran Wynne begs for Nola’s help in saving an innocent life, she is drawn into a world of darkness and danger. The suffering on the other side of the glass is beyond anything Nola had imagined, and turning her back on the outside world to return to the safety of the domes may be more than she can stand. Even when her home is threatened by the very people Nola wants to help.
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Book Trailer: https://youtu.be/5sxeOh3t4PY
Megan O’Russell is the author of the young adult fantasy series The Tethering, and Nuttycracker Sweet, a Christmas novella. Megan’s short stories can also be found in several anthologies, including Athena’s Daughters 2, featuring women in speculative fiction.
Megan is a professional performer who has spent time on stages across the country and is the lyrist for Second Chances: The Thrift Shop Musical, which received it’s world premiere in 2015. When not on stage or behind a computer, Megan can usually be found playing her ukulele or climbing a mountain with her fantastic husband.
It’s always a little different for me with each book. It usually involves bouncing crazy ideas around with my husband until I get really excited about something. With Girl of Glass the idea started on a really long hike in Alaska. My husband and I were bouncing around ideas, and the concept for a mid-apocalyptic sci-fi with chemically induced vampires came up at about mile eight. The meat of the story was a longer process of discovery.
2. Do you have a dream cast for your book?
Natalia Dyer as our heroine Nola Kent.
Logan Lerman as rebel scientist Kieran Wynne.
And Teron Egerton as the humorous, loving and military-raised Jeremy Ridgeway. (I know Teron has aged out of it, but let me dream that time is reversible.)
Add in Richard Madden as Emanuel, the leader of the Nightland, and I would be thrilled beyond belief!
3. How do you handle writer’s block?
I hike. Hopefully up a steep mountain if it’s available. You can’t play on your phone or even talk on your phone when you’re hiking. You have to focus on the trail in front of you and getting one foot safely in front of the other. When it feels like my lungs are about to explode, the writer’s block drifts away, and I can start talking through ideas again.
4. What inspired you to write this book?
In our brilliant, and often scary, world it’s easy to forget how lucky we are. That to some people it can seem like the end of the world is already upon us. When I decided to write a mid-apocalyptic, I knew I didn’t want to use the point of view of someone starving and suffering in the shadows. The real question to me was what the moral obligation of someone chosen to survive would be to help those doomed to die. That’s how Nola Kent was born into the safety of the domes.
5.What’s the hardest part of being an author?
The waiting. Waiting on submissions. Waiting on edits, and reviews, and readers. I’m a stage actor by trade, so everything I do in that field is fairly instantaneous. The director gives you notes in the theatre after the run, the audience applauds or they don’t. Writing feels a lot more like you’re working in the dark. You do the best work you can, shove it out into the void, and …wait.