Thursday, August 18, 2011

Forbidden by Ted Dekker and Tosca Lee, Interview with Tosca Lee, and Forbidden Giveaway

Hundreds of years in the future, after human greed and hatred destroyed much of the world in an apocalyptic war, a new empire arises. Perfect peace reigns, but there is a secret. Every single soul on the earth is dead. Down to their very strands of DNA, they are no longer human. The only thing they feel is fear.

Their is only a small hope. A young artist named Rom is given a strange vial and vellum by an old man trembling with fear. Upon examination, Rom learns a sip from the vial of ancient blood can restore him to his potential humanity. The issue is, humanity is... forbidden.

I have long awaited Forbidden. Ted Dekker and Tosca Lee teaming up- how much better can it get? After all the hype and claims of a series worthy of comparison to The Circle Series, I can say that it surpassed all my expectations. Amazing as it was, an absolute 5-star rating, it wasn't how I expected. It dove so deep into humanity, emotion, love and evil that it tapped my heart as I greedily flipped the pages. If you think The Circle and Demon: A Memoir was life-changing, I promise you, so is this. But as with the others, so different than the typical. The two brilliant authors wove a brilliant world in which the story pulls you in. And their writing styles coalesced together so well that they weren't distinguishable from the other in the slightest way. Excellent novel; don't pass it up. I am already eagerly awaiting the next installment in the series, Mortal, set to release in June 2012.

Check out the book trailer below:

Interview with Tosca Lee

1. What was it like writing with Ted Dekker, a New York Times best selling author?
        It rocked. 

2. Where did you and/or Mr. Dekker get the idea for Forbidden?
       We knew we were intrigued with the idea of what makes us truly human... and then we just counted back from there.

3. In your opinion, how does Forbidden stand out as a novel from other works?
       It strategically combines the true strengths of two authors--his pacing and action, my description and prose. The point was to write something we could not have done alone. Or else what's the point, right?

4. Mr. Dekker has hinted at possible books in the future tied in with The Books of Mortals. Are there any current plans, and if so, do you hope to continue to co-author those future books?
       Right now we have three books planned--and we have moved those up from one a year over the next three years... to all three in the next year. Too many people asked--how could we say no?

5. Forbidden falls into the dystopian/fantasy genre, whereas your previous novels, Havah and Demon: A Memoir, fall into the Biblical fiction genre. How was the writing experience different?
       There was less research involved, but it's all been world-building. The language/prose differs slightly from genre to genre as well.

6. Your next book, Iscariot, is set to release in January of 2012. What sets Iscariot apart from Havah and Demon: A Memoir?
       Iscariot deals with my most difficult topic to date: Judas Iscariot. It took me more than two years to research and write this novel. I have some news on Iscariot coming soon, so be sure to stay tuned to my FB page!

7. When did you first realize you wanted to be an author, and how did it become a reality?
       I was a published author in third grade but really realized I wanted to do novels in high school. I just wrote. I wrote short stories. I entered contests. I wrote my first novel in college. I just kept writing and trying.

8. Who are your favorite authors?
       Dude. Do you know how many of my friends are authors? Are you trying to get me killed?

9. Where do you find the most/best inspiration?

10. What advice would you give to teenagers and young adults with hopes of becoming an author?
       Read a lot. Write a lot. Experiment. Learn. Get input from people you trust. Learn what you do best. Be fearless.

Can't wait to get your hand on a copy of Forbidden? Hopefully, I can help with that. Courtesy of the publisher, Center Street, I have a copy to give away. Contestants are limited to The United States and Canada; no PO boxes can be given for the address. Other than that, follow the instructions in the PunchTab widget bellow. If it's not working, make sure you're logged in to Facebook.

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