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Thursday, July 4, 2013

Author Interview: Shannon Stoker + The Registry Giveaway

And Dystopian Domination continues! Today I have the wonderful Shannon Stoker on the blog for a short interview about her recently published debut dystopian New Adult novel, The Registry!


Can you tell us how you were able to came up with the idea of writing The Registry?
Sure! I have a friend who hates facebook. She refuses to join and says it's "evil". I don't agree with her, but her statement gave me the idea to create an evil facebook, which became the Registry.

Mia lives in a world where the fate of each and every person has been set from the moment they were born. What message do you want to convey with this type of world?
My main goal with The Registry was to write a fun, quick, action-packed read. Readers have mentioned different themes and messages they've picked up on, but above all I want people to read the book and enjoy the plot.

Why this kind of world?
I didn't set out to create a specific world. It developed as I was writing. I have more fun writing the darker aspects, so I think that is why it's such a dark place they live in.

How hard is it to build this kind of world for new America?
There were some obstacles and a lot of crossing what I wrote through-out the book. I have an image in my mind of how everything is supposed to look and I think I carried that with me to make sure the tone was coming across appropriate.

Why write a dystopia novel?
There aren't many rules! :)
I think it is really freeing to write in a dystopian setting. There are a lot of small details to worry about, but overall you get to create and build a world which gives a writer great range. That being said I would NEVER want to live in the same world as Mia or Andrew.

The best and the worst part in writing one?
The best part is putting a spin on modern traditions, for example the dress Mia wears in her "meet and greet" wouldn't be appropriate for the average eighteen year old to wear when going on a date.

The worst part is making sure the audience can suspend their disbelief, that the ideas aren't too farfetched. Though someone showed me some advertisements directed at women in the 1950s and they weren't too far off from what one would expect to see in the world Mia lives in, so that was refreshing.

Any message for your readers?
I hope you have as much fun reading The Registry as I did writing it :)

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The Registry by Shannon Stoker
Published June 11th 2013 by William Morrow Paperbacks


The Registry saved the country from collapse. But stability has come at a price. In this patriotic new America, girls are raised to be brides, sold at auction to the highest bidder. Boys are raised to be soldiers, trained by the state to fight to their death.

Nearly eighteen, beautiful Mia Morrissey excitedly awaits the beginning of her auction year. But a warning from her married older sister raises dangerous thoughts. Now, instead of going up on the block, Mia is going to escape to Mexico—and the promise of freedom.

All Mia wants is to control her own destiny—a brave and daring choice that will transform her into an enemy of the state, pursued by powerful government agents, ruthless bounty hunters, and a cunning man determined to own her . . . a man who will stop at nothing to get her back.

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About the author:

Shannon Stoker lives in DeKalb, IL. She received her undergraduate and law degree from Northern Illinois University where she now works as the Research Integrity Coordinator. It's not a stretch to say she's a die hard Huskie fan!

When she's not working or writing Shannon spends the majority of her time playing with her terrier mix Nucky or her husband.

She loves watching horror movies, including those straight to DVD classics most people never heard of. If she wasn't an attorney or an author she would have been a beautician and is constantly bugging her friends to come over and let Shannon play with their hair.

Follow her: Facebook | Twitter

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9 comments:

  1. Thanks for the interview and giveaway! I think it's kind of hilarious that Shannon's idea for her dystopia started with an "evil Facebook."

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  2. Haha..."evil" Facebook. That is hilarious! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  3. Thanks for the giveaway! I'd like to read it because now in this period I really love this kind of book!

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  4. Thank you for this giveaway opportunity... This looks like an awesome read.

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  5. I love action-packed novels, particularly when they're "no rules" dystopians.

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  6. It's true-there doesn't seem to be that many rules for writing a dystopian. Thanks for the giveaway. :)

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  7. I came across this title the other day and the more I read about it, the more I want to read The Registry. My fingers are itching to get hold of this gem :) Thank you for sharing with us.

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