Victoria Foyt, author of Revealing Eden (Feb 27-March 2)
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Hi Victoria! I was lucky enough to get a copy of Revealing Eden through NetGalley and I absolutely loved it! Your world building is amazing! I was wondering when we can expect the next book to come out? Is this a planned trilogy or are you planning on a certain number of books in the series? Thanks so much and congrats on the book:D
Thanks so much, Julie! I'm thrilled with your response. Save The Pearls is a trilogy, and Part Two, Adapting Eden, will be released in January 2013, a year after Revealing Eden. I'm having a lot of fun with Eden, who must ratchet up her courage and skills when the past comes back to haunt her and Bramford. Did you have any questions about the underground world?
Thanks for letting me know about the chat. I will try to make it.
I'd like to know more about the underground life. How do they get power? How do they get the food for the pills? How does a dog survive down there? What is The Heat? What happened to the world? It seems both dystopian and apocalyptic. Is it like living in caves or did they build the place they live in? Is it completely dark?
Also, I need a picture of Ronson. ***Spoiler Alert***Does his face have fur? his whole body? I just can't picture him except as this huge thing like Wolverine with fur. what does he look like?
BTW, I loved this book! It was so refreshing to read. So different and I needed something like this to get me back to reading! Thank you for it! I cannot wait for the next book. Please don't make me want to slap Eden! I will if I have to!
Very funny. Go ahead, slap Eden. But in the next book, Adapting Eden, she might just take a bite out of you!
Solar power fuels the underground world. I think I mention solar lights that create dim cones of yellowish lights along the pathways of the tunnels. The meal pills are a mix of chemicals. Sadly dogs don't survive for long. The Heat is like melanoma, skin cancer, only even more invasive.
The depletion of the ozone layer increases the level of solar radiation to such a degree that Caucasians, who have less melanin in their skin, barely survive.
I'm glad you were able to get past any confusion and still embrace the book!
Perhaps I need to add a bit more explanation in the next book. There was so much ground to cover; a tricky line to balance between too much detail and letting the story rip.
Thanks so much for your feedback, Heather. It mean the world to me!
Hi Victoria! I really enjoyed this book! Many times, I too, wanted to slap Eden... but nonetheless, I was still rooting for her.
What inspired you to write this story?
Hi, I'm so glad you enjoyed it! I guess that wanting to slap her means you were very involved with her story.
Usually, a big "what if" question inspires me to write a story. In the case of Revealing Eden: what if extreme shifts in our environment turned prevailing beauty standards upside down? I often worry about the long range effects of the destruction of our habitat. Unfortunately, the underground scenario in this book is not unlikely if pollution and deforestation continue at the present rate.
My own personal story about beauty no doubt bubbled up from my subconscious. I never felt particularly attractive; mostly, I lived in my head and hoped that one day my true love would want me for my mind and inner qualities. Like Eden, I wanted to be seen, not judged on appearance, which as we all know, changes.
I wonder, do most people want to be seen?
I'm so excited to go to the Los Angeles Book Festival tomorrow. Revealing Eden won runner-up for best YA book!
This is our second award since our release in January; Books and Authors awarded it Best YA Fantasy Book of the Year.
If by chance you're at the Roosevelt Hotel tomorrow, please say hello to me.
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