Clans are Unity.
No variation. No deviation.
On Clades, to be a Clan is to be an exact copy.
A perfect society cloning themselves to survive,
even as the zombielike Frags threaten to overrun them
on an unforgiving planet.
Clan 1672 (privately known as Twain)
was never supposed to survive the Incubation Tank.
But he did. Illegally.
He is different from the other Clans.
A secret that could destroy him.
CLAN ebook and paperback can be purchased on Amazon. Until 12/26, the ebook (not illustrated) is 99 cents and the paperback (illustrated) is under $8.99. Also, don't miss the giveaway at the end!
Realm: "Today I am revealing another illustration of one of the Fives Values of Clan: Cleanliness. The Clans must be free of unnecessary emotions, personal preferences, and special relationships. They must also be physically clean. Their buildings must be spotless inside. However, if you read the book, you'll find characters with a few dirty secrets."
What are your favorite and least favorite parts of the writing "process"?
My favorite part is when I start a first draft and can't stop writing. I love the initial enthusiastic rush of energy as I discover my new story for the first time.
My least favorite part is the final line edit (although it's a really important step). At this stage I've read my manuscript a countless number of times and I have to read again, ever more carefully, and go over every single little detail. It's hard work.
Where do you derive your inspiration for projects?
From elements of surprises. I don't enjoy how cookie-cutter a lot of entertainment is... but I'll occasionally happen on something that surprises me and I'll remember that feeling. Or sometimes something will bother me when I watch or read something--and that feeling drives my inspiration. When I write, I try to surprise myself and make myself scared--that means I'm taking risks and trying something new.
How long did this book take, from idea to execution to publication?
I wrote the first draft in four months. I revised for several months after that before I went searching for an agent. I found an agent within a month of looking. Since this was my first book (and a pretty risky book), it took six years of going on submission, revising, shelving it, revising it again, shelving it again, and so forth, while I wrote some other books. Finally, with my agent's blessing, I made the decision to publish CLAN myself.
Do you picture your characters in your head as you create them? And do you have a "dream cast" in mind for the movie adaptation?
Yes! I am a very visual person. My characters don't fully form in my head until I draw them. Once I draw them, I learn new things about the characters that I didn't know before.
A dream cast? Hmmm... I don't have a specific actor in mind. The cool thing is that you can just use one actor for the clones! (Except for the older and younger clones.) I think for Twain, Buster, and Chad, the actor would need to be a teen male with very expressive eyes to represent the different personalities.
If you could be on a ComiCon panel with four other authors, who would they be?
You, Gretchen! I want to be on a panel with you because you're really fun. Also Frank Miller, Alan Moore, and Suzanne Collins. If I could bring the dead back to life, it would be pretty awesome to be on a panel with Tezuka Osamu who is the most amazing graphic novelist of all time.
Thank you so much for having me on your blog today, Gretchen!
That concludes the Intro Blog Tour! On 12/4, Realm Lovejoy will be revealing the final Five Values of Clan image! On 12/9, the YA Bound CLAN tour begins!
About the Author:
Realm Lovejoy is an American writer and an artist. She grew up in both Washington State and the Japanese Alps of Nagano, Japan. Currently, she lives in Seattle and works as an artist in the video game industry. CLAN is her first book.
You can find out more about her and her book at www.realmlovejoy.com
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