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HOOKED (Hardwired Trilogy Book 1) by DeAnna Browne Dixon (young adult science fiction) is on virtual book tour and stops at Readeropolis today with an author interview.

Be sure to enter for a chance to win the $25 Amazon gift certificate giveaway and follow the Silver Dagger book tour (for other dates see the link at the bottom of the post).





What inspired you to write this book?
I wanted to look at the future and how addiction and gaming shapes our lives.

What can we expect from you in the future?
This is a trilogy, so the trouble for Ari is just beginning. Book two, Synched, will be out to readers within the year. With my Demon Rising trilogy, book 2, Unholy Sundering, will be out this summer. I’m also in the midst of co-writing a thriller which should be out by 2019.

Do you have any “side stories” about the characters?
I always have side stories that I write to get to know the characters a bit more. Ari’s brother Noah tends to get into a lot of sticky situations and somehow manages to survive like a cat with nine lives.

Can you tell us a little bit about the characters in Hooked? Tell us about your main characters- what makes them tick?
Sixteen-year-old Ari is a determined and self-less young lady. Growing up with a virtual addicted father, it forced her to mature early and be responsible. Even though the government mandates her schooling and career path, she isn’t bitter. She works hard to make a life for her family, even with all the obstacles in her path.
Reed is a creative young man, and an only child of a single mother. Being best friends with Ari’s brother, Noah, proves challenging at times but is never boring.  When possible, Reed escapes into his drawing and though he’d never tell anyone, has been attracted to Ari for some time.

Where did you come up with the names in the story?
I live in the Southwestern United States where main characters originated, so many of their names rely on Mexican heritage.

What did you enjoy most about writing this book?
I enjoyed delving into the sci-fi world and researching technology. I loved creating my own futuristic world that isn’t as great as it seems.

How did you come up with the name of this book?
I went around and round with the title of my book. I finally decided to stay with HOOKED because of the themes of addiction present in the book and how Ari struggles with the concept of hooking herself into a virtual reality machine.

Who designed your book covers?
An Eastern European artist, Bukovero.

If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
Not at this time. Well...maybe that one typo that I’m sure I missed but is still hiding from me. I hear it laughing at me in my dreams. Commas are deranged like that at times.

Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?
I originally wrote this book a few years ago. I knew the story needed to be told, but the writing wasn’t working for me. With the support of my critique group, I dug this up and dusted it off. I saw how much I had grown as a writer over the years and had a lot of editing to prepare this for publishing.

If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?
A young Jessica Alba or Zendaya from The Greatest Showman.

What is your favorite part of this book and why?
The end, when she confronts her father. I can’t say more without giving too much away.

If you could spend time with a character from your book whom would it be? And what would you do during that day?
I would go gaming with Tessa, kill some trolls and gremlins, and finish off the night partying with the elves.

Are your characters based off real people or did they all come entirely from your imagination?
Definitely a mix. There are a couple characters that I took their looks from people I know, while their characteristics are definitely their own.  

Do your characters seem to hijack the story or do you feel like you have the reigns of the story?
I definitely have the reigns, but they sometimes take me on adventures and plot twists I didn’t expect. We usually end up where I envisioned.

Have you written any other books that are not published?
I have one completed fantasy novel, my first one, that will probably never see the light of day, but it was a necessary learning curve. My sister, the only person I let read that novel, is trying to convince me to shake the dust off of it and publish it.  I also have a Middle Grade Urban Fantasy Series that I wrote for my kids. I still have to finish the series (which will be a total of five books, one for each kid), but it may be a while before I delve into that market.

If your book had a candle, what scent would it be?
It would be a perfectly engineered blend of Gardenias and grass.

What did you edit out of this book?
Food. For some reason, this book had a lot of food references. I must have been very hungry when I wrote this, because my rough draft was littered with food. Just remember, Ari never went hungry.

Hooked
The Hardwired Trilogy Book 1
by DeAnna Browne
Genre: YA SciFi

When virtual reality surpasses people’s wildest dreams, many struggle to remain in the real world. Sixteen-year-old Ari has watched the financial and emotional cost of virtual reality addiction for years as her father continues barely existing in a VR coma. Unfortunately, her only option to help her family escape poverty is if she studies the one subject she hates and fears: virtual reality programming.


Despite her misgivings, Ari soon develops a rare talent that makes her question everything. Now she must hide her ability or risk becoming a priceless commodity that governments and corporations will fight, steal or even kill to possess. As officials tighten the shackles surrounding Ari, she rebels against her imposed future and searches for a way to save those she loves. Yet, running proves impossible, when the government is always one click away.





DeAnna Browne graduated from Arizona State University with her BS in Psychology. She finds it helps to corral those voices in her mind and put them to paper. Her debut novel, A DEMON RISING, came out in August 2017 with Black Opal Books and book two in the series, UNHOLY SUNDERING, is due out 2018. An avid reader and writer, she has a soft spot for fantasy with a touch of romance. Despite her love for food and traveling, she always finds her way back to Phoenix, Arizona with her husband, children, and pet dog.



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4 comments:

  1. Congrats on the tour and I appreciate the book description and the great giveaway as well. Thank you!

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  2. Best of luck with the book and book tour! I've included the tour in the Tuesday, Mar. 20, 2018 edition of The BookTube Your Shelf Daily Reader: https://paper.li/Readeropolis/1517059010#/

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