Curbing curiosities, or an interview with Tonya Kuper author of Enigma (and a giveaway)



Enigma (Schrodinger’s Consortium #2)

By: Tonya Kuper 

Publisher: EntangledTEEN

Publication Date: July 3rd, 2017

Worst. Road Trip. Ever.

Escaping with Reid Wentworth should have been fun, but how can I enjoy it when I just (accidentally) killed someone, my mom and brother are in danger, and the Consortium is trying to enslave humanity? (Yeah, they aren’t fooling around.) So feeling something for Reid Wentworth was not part of the plan. Trying to help unite the Resistance against the Consortium means I can’t be distracted by hot boys.

The Resistance secret hideout isn’t exactly the rebel base of my dreams. A traitor there wants me dead, but we have no idea who it is. And with both the Resistance and the Consortium trying to control me, the only one I can trust is Reid. If we’re going to have any chance of protecting my family, controlling my unstable powers, and surviving the clash between the Oculi factions, I’m going to have to catch this traitor. By using myself as bait.

If you emptied out your purse, wallet, desk drawer, pockets, backpack, beach bag, saddle bag, or fanny pack, what would we find?

If I emptied my purse, there would be a mess. You’d see: my wallet, sunglasses, car keys, plus a pink-leather zipped pouch full of lipstick/lip gloss. I have a slight obsession. There is always an ink pen, a thin-lined Sharpie, and a small box of my business cards. You’ll also find a small hand sanitizer from Bath and Body Works, Listerine mouth spray, and a tiny tape measure. Bobby pins, a small hair clip, a few miniature Pokemon figures (my 8 year old’s), and a tiny Princess Leia figure (mine).

What is your writing process? Are you a plotter or a panster?

I’m a plotter – I use a screenwriting outline/beat sheet to make sure certain events/beat are included, but it also allows for some creative flexibility as I draft. The summary of the novel and half of the rough draft came before the title. I prefer drafting over revising because I feel like I have more freedom in the creative process during that time.

A book goes through a lot of different versions and rounds of editing before it’s complete.  What are some “fun facts” or behind the scenes info you can share about the characters from your book or the world you created for it that may or may not have made it to the final draft of the book?

I originally had a swimming scene in ENIGMA, which was cut because it didn’t move the plot forward. I understand why it was cut, but it was a fun scene. Josie got to know the new characters a bit better and she went swimming with Reid, the guy she had crushed on forever.

Who was your favorite character to write and who gave you the most trouble?

My favorite character was Josie and the hardest was her mom.

If you could ask a character of your choice from ENIGMA one question what would it be?

I’d ask Reid what outfit he imagined Josie wearing in ANOMALY. 😉

What scene from the book are you most proud of (because of how you handled the atmosphere, characters, dialogue, etc)? Is there a scene that you had difficulty with and just had to “power through” to finish the book? Or a scene that made you very emotional?

I’m probably the most proud of the scene with Josie, her mom, and her little brother toward the end of the book. It was difficult to write in that it was emotional, but I’m happy with how it turned out. I put a lot of myself in that scene.

What is next for you? What are your currently working on?

I’ll be starting to write a secret YA manuscript this summer with a new world and characters! Exciting!

Tonya Kuper is the author of ANOMALY, the first in the Schrodinger’s Consortium Series, a young adult science fiction trilogy, released November 4, 2014 by Entangled Teen. She fell for Young Adult lit while earning her Masters degree in Reading Education. She’s a mom to two awesome boys, an alt music junkie, a Star Wars nerd, and in love with Sherlock.

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