Ruth Silver attended Northern Illinois University and graduated with a Bachelor's in Communication in the spring of 2005. While in college, she spent much of her free time writing with friends she met online and penning her first novel, Deuces are Wild, which she self-published in 2004. Her favorite class was Creative Writing senior year where she often handed in assignments longer than the professor required because she loved to write and always wanted to finish her stories. Her love of writing led her on an adventure in 2007 to Melbourne, Australia. Silver enjoys reading, photography, traveling and most of all writing. She loves dystopian and fantasy young adult stories. Her latest novel published by Lazy Day Publishing, ABERRANT is scheduled for release April 13th. Ruth has been actively writing since she was a teenager. She currently resides in Plainfield, Illinois.
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Interview with Ruth Silver Author of Aberrant
My inspiration for Aberrant was the fact that I loved reading Dystopian stories. I also love writing so I wanted to create a world, Cabal, that was unlike anything we've witnessed but not so far-fetched that it is purely science fiction.
What about Dystopian books appeals to you ?
I love the uncertainty and the setting. There's always a dramatic appeal with Dystopian novels. The hero/heroine is almost always in mortal danger. Sometimes a love story is mixed in it but it's not the basis of the story. Also with Dystopian books there's always the fact that it could happen, it could be real without being so incredibly far-fetched that it's pure fantasy.
Was it difficult deciding how to bring the characters to life?
Some of the characters came to me easier than other ones. Bad guys shouldn't always be purely evil. There has to be dimension to them. Trying to make a character that you want everyone to hate - but finding something redeemable is often a challenge.
What did you find to be the most difficult part of bringing Aberrant to life?
Creating a Dystopian society where people might not want to leave.
What do you like to do in your spare time?
Aside from writing (and reading!) I also love photography. Oh and of course traveling! Though I don't get to travel as much as I'd like.
Who designed the cover art for Aberrant?
The eBook cover art of Aberrant was designed by the publisher, Lazy Day Publishing. There's a different cover for the paperback version and that one was designed by me!
Any other projects in the works?
Aberrant is a trilogy, so the next book in the series, Moirai, needs to be finished. I had originally drafted the first copy but with some significant changes in the editing process, there's a lot of rewriting to do!
I've also started a YA Fantasy, Orenda, which I will eventually get back to finishing once Moirai is with the editor and a YA Contemporary story that's still untitled and at the moment on the back burner.
I love reading and one of the authors I admire is, John Green. The Fault In Our Stars is one of my favorite books, as is this quote from it "My thoughts are stars I cannot fathom into constellations."
What is a question that you wish interviewers would ask, and the answer to that question?
When can we expect to read the sequel?
The paperback edition will be available in 2014. The eBook will likely be released a few months sooner!
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In the future dystopian society of Cabal, the government instills equality for all and offers its citizens the perfect system. There is food, shelter and jobs for everyone. The one requirement is to follow the rules without question, including the government's match in marriage and "The Day of the Chosen", a lottery that randomly selects families to conceive children as natural means hasn't existed in generations. Following her eighteenth birthday, Olivia Parker accepts her requirement to marry her childhood best friend, Joshua Warren, and is eager to start her work assignment and new life when it all comes abruptly to an end as she's arrested and thrown in prison. The only crime committed, her existence. Olivia is unlike the rest of the world born not from "The Day of the Chosen." The truth haunts the government and puts her life in grave danger as one simple fact would destroy the perfect system.
With Joshua's help, Olivia breaks free of prison and is forced on the run. Together they set out to find the promised rebel town in search of a new home and new life together. Their situation seems less than promising as they reach the town of Haven. New rules and customs must be adhered to in order to stay. Leaving would mean most certain death in the large expanse of the Gravelands. Time is running out as the government mounts an attack to destroy Olivia and bury her secret with her. Thrown into a world unlike their own, they must quickly adapt to survive.