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07 March 2013

Interview with Josin L. McQuein

No one crosses the wall of light . . . except for one girl who doesn’t remember who she is, where she came from, or how she survived. A harrowing, powerful debut thriller about finding yourself and protecting your future—no matter how short and uncertain it may be.

The Arclight is the last defense. The Fade can’t get in. Outside the Arclight’s border of high-powered beams is the Dark. And between the Light and the Dark is the Grey, a narrow, barren no-man’s-land. That’s where the rescue team finds Marina, a lone teenage girl with no memory of the horrors she faced or the family she lost. Marina is the only person who has ever survived an encounter with the Fade. She’s the first hope humanity has had in generations, but she could also be the catalyst for their final destruction. Because the Fade will stop at nothing to get her back. Marina knows it. Tobin, who’s determined to take his revenge on the Fade, knows it. Anne-Marie, who just wishes it were all over, knows it.
When one of the Fade infiltrates the Arclight and Marina recognizes it, she will begin to unlock secrets she didn’t even know she had. Who will Marina become? Who can she never be again?

Thank you very much Ms. McQuein for the opportunity of having you on our blog today!

1) How and why have you started to write? Were there something or someone that gave you an impulse?

I wrote stories because I was taking care of an ill relative and needed something else to do. Sometimes it was nice to take a break from real life and step into something made up.

2) Tell me something about your book Arclight.

It started off as three completely different novels that I put together into one.

3) While youre writing, have you discovered a character that you where developing feelings of love for? And was there a character that gave you headaches?

My favorite character is the one you'd call the "villain." Her ideas of right and wrong are so twisted, yet make perfect sense to her. It's kind of fun to write someone like that because she's so different from me.

The hardest one to write is a character who could speak for most of the novel. Because he can't talk, it's hard for him to make people understand what he wants and why he's doing the things he does. It makes people mistrust him because all they see are his actions and he can't explain himself.

4) How have you done your research for this novel?

Most of it's pure fantasy, but the science is based in something real, so there was a bit of research involved to make sure the mechanical things worked the way they were supposed to.

5) Is there a book that inspired your writings?

I read a lot of Stephen King in high school, and a lot of Edgar Allen Poe. I like both writers' ability to maintain a mood, even when you can't see the monster.

6) In the end, would you like say some words to your fans from Romania?

Yes! The very first fan letters I received came from Romania. It was such a surprise because my books haven't sold there, but it was awesome, too. I think I've gotten more letters from Romania than any country other than the US.

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