Thursday, April 16, 2015

Interview with Ellery Kane, author of LEGACY

Legacy by Ellery A. Kane
Published: September 17th, 2014
Publisher: Balboa Press
Genre: YA

~ Synopsis ~

How do you want to feel today?
In 2041, the choice is yours.
San Francisco is deserted, the Bay Bridge bombed, and the BART subway trains grounded. The Guardians, members of an elite and mysterious government-appointed military police force, are maintaining order at all costs—thanks to emotion-altering drugs like Emovere that suppress fear and anxiety. Lex Knightley, daughter of a prominent forensic psychiatrist, risks entering the devastated city to partner with the Resistance, a group of rebels intent upon exposing the dangers of Emovere. Lex discovers an ally in Quin McAllister, a magnetic Guardian Force recruit with a haunting past that binds them together. As she uncovers the secrets of the Guardian Force and confronts the truth about her family, Lex begins to realize that even those closest to her are not quite who they seem.

~ About the Author ~

 In her non-fiction life, Ellery Kane works as a forensic psychologist. Evaluating violent criminals and treating victims of trauma has afforded her a unique perspective on the past and its indelible influence on the individual. An avid short story writer in adolescence, Ellery only recently began writing for enjoyment again, and Legacy was born.

~ Excerpt ~

The first time I kissed someone, it wasn’t at all like I had imagined—and trust me when I say that I had spent hours imagining it. It was a summer night just after my seventeenth birthday. We were sitting side by side in the empty football stadium. I can still feel the bleachers, cold and hard beneath my legs. My elbow was touching the side of his body. I could feel how warm he was. He didn’t move, but just let me touch him. The air between us was thick with anticipation. And then, just like that, his lips were on mine. In a few seconds, a wall that had once seemed impenetrable was crossed. I was no longer unkissed.
* * *
The first time I killed someone, it wasn’t at all like I had imagined. It was as quick and as effortless as snipping a string. I squeezed the trigger, and the man fell back. It was so dark that I could barely see the outline of his face. I watched him for a long time, waiting for something. What was I waiting for? The man didn’t move, except for a brief shudder. It seemed for a moment as if I too had stopped breathing. But in the cold I could see my breath visible in small white puffs. I waited for the world to open up and swallow me, but nothing came. In the corner where I hid, I saw a small brown bird hopping. He reached the edge of my vision and took flight. It was only me who had changed.

  1. What was your inspiration to write Legacy?

My "real" job inspired Legacy. As a psychologist, I meet a lot of people--not in the "hi, how are you?" kind of way--more like, tell me the deepest, darkest things about yourself. I've learned that everybody has secrets; everybody has a past. Some struggle to get over it; some learn from it; some are changed by it; some are haunted. It was that idea, what we do with our pasts, that inspired Legacy.

  1. Favorite part of the writing process?

The moment when you are totally in the zone—no writer’s block, no second-guessing yourself—just writing, writing, writing! 

  1. What books inspired your dream to be an author?

Since I was a little girl reading Nancy Drew mysteries, I have been an avid reader with versatile tastes so it’s hard to pick just one or two books. I enjoy lyrical and literary writing like Toni Morrison’s The Bluest Eye and short stories by Joyce Carol Oates. On the flip side, I revel in a good mystery or thriller like those by James Patterson and Sue Grafton. And like my main character, Lex, I am a huge fan of Mary Oliver’s poetry. Lately, I’ve been reading a lot of young adult and new adult fiction. Some of my recent favorites are The Thief of Always, Divergent, The Hunger Games, and The Sea of Tranquility. 

  1. What author would you love to have dinner with and why?

Another tough one! I think J.K. Rowling would be a pretty cool dinner guest. The Harry Potter series is definitely one of my all-time favorites. I’d love to get her perspective on character development since her characters are some of the most beloved and iconic ever written.

  1. Beatles or Rolling Stones?