I'm super excited about this weeks Ask the Author because I have the lovely Lindsay Cummings, author of The Murder Complex and The Death Code, for you. First let's have a look at her novel, The Murder Complex, and then the interview. Enjoy!
The Murder Complex by Lindsay Cummings
Published: June 10th 2014 by Greenwillow Books
Number of Pages: 398 pages (Hardcover)
Series: Yes, #1 in The Murder Complex Series
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An action-packed, blood-soaked, futuristic debut thriller set in a world where the murder rate is higher than the birthrate. For fans of Moira Young’s Dust Lands series, La Femme Nikita, and the movie Hanna.
Meadow Woodson, a fifteen-year-old girl who has been trained by her father to fight, to kill, and to survive in any situation, lives with her family on a houseboat in Florida. The state is controlled by The Murder Complex, an organization that tracks the population with precision.
The plot starts to thicken when Meadow meets Zephyr James, who is—although he doesn’t know it—one of the MC’s programmed assassins. Is their meeting a coincidence? Destiny? Or part of a terrifying strategy? And will Zephyr keep Meadow from discovering the haunting truth about her family? (goodreads.com)
Interview with Lindsay Cummings
1 - Describe The Murder Complex is 7 words.
A blood-soaked futuristic thriller in Florida :)
2 - How did you come up with the idea of creating a future where the murder rate is higher than the birth rate?
I figured it would just be really, really creepy if that were the case. And sad. Ideas sort of pop into my head. I wish I had a cooler answer for that!
3 - How long did it take you from first idea until publishing deal? And how many queries did it take until you found 'the one’?
The first book I wrote got 120 rejections from agents. The Murder Complex was sent to a few agents, and the first one I sent it to, Louise Fury, is still my agent today!
4 - If Meadow and Zaphyr would be transported into our normal world, how would they react to it? Especially because our reality isn't as bloody and horrifying as theirs seems to be.
I think they’d be incredibly shocked. And Meadow, probably, would be very very bitter and angry about it. She’d wish her family could have a world like this. Zephyr would settle in—but feel guilty for being there, because he’d think he didn’t deserve it.
5 - What music, if any, did you listen to while writing The Murder Complex?
None!! I actually can’t listen to music while I write!
6 - How much time do you spend on writing on a weekly basis?
I try to write a little bit every single day! Even if it’s just 200 words.
7 - Are you a plotter or someone who writes what comes to their mind and edit it all later?
I usually just write what comes to mind..but lately, I’m having to learn to become a plotter!
8 - You were a successful book blogger before you became a published author, how did you manage to do both time wise?
Same way I still do now! I just separate my day into chunks, and do a little of each thing.
9 - Chocolate or Vanilla?
CHOCOLATE ALWAYS OMG!!
10 - If you were forced to participate in The Hunger Games, as female from District 12, what would be your strategy? Fight or flight?
I’d take a Foxface route, and try to be sneaky. Then, if I survived long enough…I’d fight. And probably die. lol
11 - What advice would you give aspiring authors?
Read and Write every single day!!
Lindsay Cummings is the 24-year-old author of THE MURDER COMPLEX series from Greenwillow Books/HarperCollins, and the MG trilogy THE BALANCE KEEPERS, from Katherine Tegen Books/HarperCollins.
Lindsay deals with chronic fatigue, can’t get enough of her two pesky German Shepherds, wolf cub, and two horses. She's still waiting on her letter from Hogwarts--it was probably just lost in the mail. You can follow Lindsay on twitter @authorlindsayc