About the Book
Emerald Hayden lives in the City of Centsia, a half-winged among the other walkers. She has no family, friends, or food: only a grim future filled with tiresome labor in the upper level’s factories.
But everything changes when she meets Dusk, a winged from the place that she previously scorned. He opens her eyes to a new possibility: the possibility of the unity of winged and walkers, of freedom, and of love.
Together, they decide to challenge the upper level’s supreme, winged council. But when a friend betrays them, they must choose whether to sacrifice their beliefs and save their own lives, or to remain along the thin line that divides the city in two. Success could mean liberty; failure, death.
I’ve had the pleasure to interview Jordan about her new release!
1. What was the biggest inspiration for the world you’ve built?
My inspiration for writing has changed from year to year, but one thing that has kept me going is the dream of one day holding a book that I’ve written. Of course, an e-book is especially close, and is a great for any author to begin their career.
2. What makes the characters of The Sacrificed different?
What makes the teenaged characters of The Sacrificed different is the realism of their personalities. Since I am a teenager as well, I was able to make their decisions based on solutions I might find. Though the characters, especially Emerald, are much stronger and confident than I, there is still a faint reflection of my personality in theirs.
3. If one song out there could define your book, what would it be?
I’ve been asked this question many times, and I am able to interpret the plot in many different ways. One song that truly represents the struggle walkers face against the winged is “Do You Hear The People Sing” from Les Miserables.
4. If you met your main character at a bar, how would you interact?
I would be shocked, because Emerald gave up drinking after such an incident landed a number of her peers dead.
5. If you could live in any literary universe, which would it be?
I’ve considered this, and I am aware that many would want to live in the magical world of J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series. Though it does rank high on my list, I would rather venture in Percy Jackson’s mythological world, created by Rick Riordan. Having mentioned the two, there is one requirement for each. In a world where Hogwarts existed, I’d need to be a wizard/witch. In a world where Camp Half Blood was reality, I’d need to be a demigod.
6. Are you a plotter or a pantser?
I’m a bit of both! I plot the main points of the novel, so holes and unsolved plotlines do not plague the story. And then I fill everything in between—the lesser adventures, the minor characters.
7. How has writing changed your life?
Writing is my favorite story-telling outlet. It’s creating a movie directly in the mind of a reader. Nothing else in this world has the same effect. Without writing, I would never want to explore, to experience everything that Earth has to offer. After all, the most descriptive scenes about foreign countries and imaginary lands are within the pages of books.
8. What advice do you have for aspiring writers?
I don’t understand why authors finish projects and leave them to sit idly in the ‘Documents’ folder. Take those projects and send them to literary agents. Send them to publishers! There’s no day like the present to make your life the way you want it to be.
About The Author
Jordan Link is currently contracted with Entranced Publishing for her novel “The Sacrificed”, which will be released on May 6, 2013. She won first place in Jack L. Chalker’s Young Writers Contest of 2012 for her short story “The Bubble”, and attended Balticon 46 last year. She earned an honorable mention on December 3rd for the Young Voices Foundation Short Story Contest and will be published in their anthology “Oh, the Stories They Tell!” which will be available on Amazon. Her early love of reading inspired an equivalent passion towards writing, and she plans to continue doing so.
Excerpt from The Sacrificed
Slowly, ever so slowly, she dropped to her knees and peered around the corner.
There was a winged boy standing there, muttering something to a few walkers. It was impossible to distinguish the color of his eyes, or even his expression from her sheltered position, but his features were still rather shocking. His hair was a creamy white, a pigment that Emerald had only ever seen on the heads of other winged. His skin was pasty and faded. She wondered between pounding heartbeats how the winged remained so pale when they spent so many days in the sky above Centsia, arcing near the curve of the sun and circling back around again as they went to and from their duties. The boy’s wings, however, were by far his most striking feature. The feathers seemed to form intricate pictures as they fluttered in the midnight breeze. Emerald continued to stare as the boy withdrew something from his pocket.
It was bread.
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