Today, I’m introducing a dystopian book that just hit shelves this week. Hint: It is set on the Moon. Yes you guessed it, I’m talking about DOVE ARISING by Karen Bao! Read on for an interview!
Author: Karen Bao
Series: Dove Chronicles #1
Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Romance, Dystopian
Release Date: February 24, 2015
Publisher: Viking Juvenile
Then her mother is arrested.
The only way to save her younger siblings from the degrading Shelter is by enlisting in the Militia, the faceless army that polices the Lunar bases and protects them from attacks by desperate Earth-dwellers. Training is brutal, but it’s where Phaet forms an uneasy but meaningful alliance with the preternaturally accomplished Wes, a fellow outsider.
Rank high, save her siblings, free her mom: that’s the plan. Until Phaet’s logically ordered world begins to crumble…
Suspenseful, intelligent, and hauntingly prescient, Dove Arising stands on the shoulders of our greatest tales of the future to tell a story that is all too relevant today.
Interview with Karen Bao:
1. Hi Karen! Can tell us something we don’t know about you, something we won’t discover from a simple Google search?
Hello! In addition to being a writer, I’m an aspiring marine ecologist. My first major project is coming up this year; for my undergraduate senior thesis, I’m traveling to Fiji with Dr. Joshua Drew’s lab to look at changes in harvesting practices of large mollusks over the past century or two. It’s exciting and nerve-wracking – partly because I don’t know what we’ll find, and partly because some of the animals I’m looking at are deathly poisonous. Cone snails! They’re gorgeous, but you really don’t want to step on one.
Hopefully you’ll find my scientific adventures on Google within a year or two.
2. Until we discussed the dreadfulness of exams at NYCC, I hadn’t known that you were also a college student. How do you balance writing with family, friends, school, deadlines, and exams in your life?
Ha, I remember that moment of comradery! So, how do I balance writing with everything else? Uhhh, I don’t. During the semesters, schoolwork completely swamps me, and the most writing I’ll do is a copyedit or something small like that. Over breaks, I write like a fiend. Writing again after nonstop studying is like breathing after being held underwater for months.
Sometimes I need a break from everything. So I’ll watch a movie with my family, or take a vacation in which I’m not allowed to even think about work. Over the holidays, I crashed with a friend in New York City. We took selfies with the Rockefeller Plaza Christmas tree, museum-hopped, and ate the most wonderful chocolate-covered enchiladas. Seriously, chocolate-and-guac is better than it sounds.
3. “Phaet” is such an unique name – how do you come up with names for your characters? Also, how do you pronounce “Phaet?”
Everyone in Dove Arising has an astronomical name, since their society is so fixated on space exploration and other areas of science. (A couple of people are named after famous scientists.) Stars, constellations, galaxies, moons, and even asteroids provided inspiration. My favorite character name, Yinha, is derived from the Chinese words for “Milky Way.” Literally translated, “yin he” (银河) means “silver river.” Isn’t that pretty?
PS. “Phaet” is pronounced “fate.” She’s well aware that people joke about it behind her back.
4. What’s that one thing you just can’t seem to get right the first time when you write?
Puzzles. If there’s a mystery to be solved or a betrayal coming up, I never seem to lay out the clues just right on the first, second, or third try. I always give away too much or too little. Don’t know what I’d do without beta-readers and rewrites…
5. Do you prefer a slow burn romance or a romance with an instant connection? Which one does Dove Arising have?
Slow burn all the way. I like making readers wait! Just kidding, I just think that two people getting to know one another through trial by fire, and then falling in love, is organic and relatable. Think about real life: we pass by dozens of attractive people every day, but in the end, we only give our hearts to one. And usually it’s someone who has seen us through a particularly dark time.