Hi, Janelle! Welcome back to my blog, you writing machine! This is what, your fourth published book, first of a new series? Can you tell us more about Switch?
Thanks for having me!! Yes, Switch is my fourth published book. It is the first in the New World series, although this series is a bit different than the Eden Series. Even though the New World books are technically a “series”, they are individual stories, just with the same ongoing conflict and theme running in the background. These books are romance novels, so each story will feature one of the boys, who you will meet in Switch, and their love interests. The main goal was to show how people can find love and happiness in an otherwise miserable world. It is a dystopian, so we’re put in a time that is in the not too distant future, in a world that has been destroyed by war. The people are poor and repressed. Switch specifically focuses on a girl who is on the “bad” side, you could say, of the war, and a boy who is second in command of the rebels. Things get interesting…;)
How has writing Switch differed from writing your Eden Series?
Eden is a Fantasy series, so with fantasy the possibilities are endless. I can create anything I want in a fantasy world. Switch was a lot different in the sense that it still needs to have features that are possible and realistic. With it being dystopian, however, it still left room for me to use my imagination and create new and different things within certain boundaries. I couldn’t very well throw a unicorn in there…although I would have liked to.
What would you say you like most about this series?
Creating another new world. Even though it’s technically “our world”, it’s in the future and is drastically different so I got to change things up and be creative. I also like that it is a romance. Eden has lots of romance in it, but never at the forefront. The main focus was always the war. In Switch I did the opposite. I wanted the main focus on the relationships and have the politics and conflicts running in the background.
Do you think you’ll enjoy writing this more than your Eden series? Or vice versa?
That’s like asking if I like one child more than the other lol (which I don’t, Aiden and Elora…I swear) Both are close to my heart, and I love the characters in each series so it’s hard to choose. The New World series is exciting for me to write because it’s new and I’m still getting to explore and learn about these characters. I’ve written the Eden series for so long that it’s nice to have a bit of change, but I’ll never stop loving Eden or the characters in it.
Fun time (and completely unrelated to Switch)! Who’s hotter to you? Wolf or Logan from Eden?
Lol hotter? Definitely Wolf, but I absolutely adore Logan. He’s still one of my favourite characters to write. There’s actually a line he says in the last Eden book that every time I read it I laugh out loud. Which is pretty lame since I wrote it…lol Wolf is just hot though. There’s no denying it lol
Can we get a little taste of Switch?
Lol maybe just a little snippet…
Okay then! It’ll do! Let’s leave you with just a little taste of Switch!
“She reads minds,” Roman said from behind her. Charlotte could hear the smile in his voice. Ludwig sat down behind his desk, his gaze never leaving her.
“A girl who reads minds,” he said slowly. He leaned back in his chair, hands clasped loosely over his stomach. “My girl, I do believe you will be my greatest weapon yet.” The smile that stretched across his face made her stomach turn, but she kept her face blank. They stared at each other in silence for a moment before he looked over at Roman. “And the father?”
“We didn’t find him.”
He nodded, looking back at her. “I bet he’ll be looking for you though, won’t he? Have a room prepared for our newest addition to the New World order.”
Her ears began to hum, their voices fading against the buzzing sound. Had she seriously just joined the New World army? It’s just to stay alive, she told herself. She could handle being around them for now. She’d been forcing herself to deal with shitty circumstances all her life. This was just simply newer surroundings and different people. Her wall would still be firmly in place, and now she would have the opportunity to grow and ensure a future for herself. She would stay until she found her sister, and then she and Bridgette would leave everything and everyone behind. This was just one more stepping stone in the right direction. She could handle it. She had to.
“She needs a new name,” Ludwig was saying as she gave herself a mental shake and focused on the conversation around her.
“A new name?” she said, her voice shaky.
He nodded. “I can’t very well have everyone calling you Charlotte, now can I? Your father will know exactly where to find you if I do. A new name, a new life.”
A new name. A new life. A new identity, she thought.
He looked at her through narrowed eyes, thinking. “Dinah,” he eventually said, sitting forward. “Yes, it’s perfect. From now on you will be called Dinah.”
And just like that, Charlotte Hatcher was dead.
Where can we connect with you and keep up with your writing endeavors?
You can take a look at my website where I usually post important things, www.janellestalder.com or on twitter, @jmstalder, and of course I’m on Facebook 🙂
Thanks for joining me! Come back any time you want! 🙂
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Janelle Stalder was born and raised in Brampton, Ontario. At an early age she developed a love for literature. Her debut novel, Eden, was the first book in a series of four, released in September of 2011. The second book, Eden-West, was released in July of 2012, and the third book, Eden-South was released in March of 2013. The fourth book of the Eden Series, Eden-East, will be release at the end of 2013. She is a strong supporter of other independent authors, and loves to interact with her readers. When she’s not writing, Janelle is at home with her husband, two children, Aiden and Elora, and her two furry children, Alice and Lily. She now resides in the small town in Ontario in her old, possibly haunted, century home.
All’s fair in love and war.
Two thirds of the world’s population has been wiped out, devastated by the worst war earth has ever seen. Still standing amongst the ruins is a mind reader who finds herself on the wrong side of the war. Everyone does what they must to survive. When the rebels bent on bringing down the New World leader start to rise up, it is her job to make sure they stay down where they belong. That is, until one rebel sneaks past her defences and into her heart. Love will blossom from the ashes, but will it be enough to save them, or will it mean the end of them both?
Eden-East (Book Four, Eden Series) – October 2013
Brush Strokes (Contemporary Romance) – Early 2014
Masked (Book Two, New World Series) – 2014
Elysium (YA Fantasy Spin-off of the Eden Series) – 2014
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