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Please welcome Rebecca Rode to the newest interview series from Author PK Tyler! This series is highlighting an amazing project, with 23 award-winning, and best-selling authors, Dominion Rising!
Rebecca is an award-winning and international bestselling author. She writes young adult science fiction, dystopic fiction, and loves anything that involves gaming and numbers.
We hope you enjoy getting to know this Dominion Rising author a little better today on this installment of the Dominion Rising Science Fiction & Fantasy Interview Series.
PK Tyler: You seem to like numbers…and have written a thrilling Saga featuring numbers in a young adult science fiction dystopian world. Can you tell us a little more about your Numbers series, and where it fits in the science fiction world?
Rebecca Rode: Absolutely. Numbers Game takes place in a futuristic America where everyone wears a number. Their number determines where they live, who they can marry, etc., so every day of their lives is essentially a competition for the highest rating. The main character, Treena, gets slapped with the wrong number but nobody believes that it’s wrong. So to prove her worth, she takes on a risky spy mission in the military and stumbles across a dangerous conspiracy.
It’s similar to other YA dystopian series like Divergent and Hunger Games, but it’s also got a unique thriller spin that men and women both seem to love.
PK Tyler: Cool! Dominion Rising is an independent box set with 23 amazing authors taking part. What made you decide that Dominion Rising was a good fit for you? Were you hoping to reach new readers, meet new authors, or test your boundaries?
Rebecca Rode: All of the above. I knew some of the authors participating and had a new science fiction novel simmering in my head, and I thought this would be a great way to launch it and find new readers. I also saw it as a challenge, a way to test myself and learn new things. It’s definitely working, let me tell you!
PK Tyler: Now for the fun part! Tell us all about (okay, maybe not everything) your contribution to Dominion Rising? Does it involve numbers? Will it be young adult oriented?
Rebecca Rode: Well, the main character of Flicker is nineteen, so it’s on the younger side but still under the adult umbrella. Ember and the other Roma (outsiders call them gypsies) have been left behind on Earth in the great exodus of 2096. Ember has put her life on hold until her father gets over his chronic illness, using her special gift to read fortunes for tourists while struggling to pay for the medicine he needs. When the village chief sells her to the empire, she learns that her gift is a dangerous one, something the empire will kill for. They want to make her into the perfect weapon, but Ember has other plans.
PK Tyler: It sounds like you enjoy focusing on character development, and have even written short stories that fit within the Numbers Saga. Would you say that readers can expect lots of focus on character growth in your books?
Rebecca Rode: My books are definitely character-focused, probably because I’m intrigued by people in general. I think the YA genre also tends to lean toward intense character growth. Since that’s mostly what I read, it comes out in my writing. Brandon Sanderson once said “The plot is only as interesting as the character it happens to,” and I completely agree.
PK Tyler: Our last hurrah…tell us about one thing you’ve learned or experienced by working on this box set, and one thing that surprised you!
Rebecca Rode: I’ve learned so much in the marketing department, but the most important lesson has been how to organize, plan, and follow through. I’m the type of person who wants to accomplish everything all at once, but marketing a boxed set like this is done incrementally, one day at a time. I think watching this project unfold was also the thing that surprised me most. When you have a team of experienced and determined authors led by amazing leaders, it’s incredible what you can accomplish together.
PK Tyler: Thank you so much for being interviewed and all the kind words about working on this box set together!
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Rebecca Rode is an award-winning and international best-selling author. Her published works include the Numbers Game trilogy, the sweet romance novella Love Right, the inspirational book, How to Have Peace When You’re Falling to Pieces, and several novellas set in her fictional worlds.
Rebecca is also a freelance journalist for Deseret News, KSL.com, FamilyShare, and Provo Daily Herald.
However, her true love is writing for teenagers.
She lives between a mountain and a lake with her husband and four children and enjoys traveling, reading, and martial arts. She also has a ridiculous addiction to chocolate-banana shakes.
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