Rewriting scenes and the real world to make your book work with Echoes author Alice Reeds (and a giveaway)


 

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Echoes

By: Alice Reeds

Publisher: EntangledTEEN

Publication Date: August 7th, 2018

“Fast-paced and thrilling. ECHOES is a heart-pounding and addictive love story.” —Mia Siegert, author of Jerkbait

They wake on a deserted island. Fiona and Miles, high school enemies now stranded together. No memory of how they got there. No plan to follow, no hope to hold on to.

Each step forward reveals the mystery behind the forces that brought them here. And soon, the most chilling discovery: something else is on the island with them.

Something that won’t let them leave alive.

Echoes is a thrilling adventure about confronting the impossible, discovering love in the most unexpected places, and, above all, finding hope in the face of the unknown.

There are a lot of scenes that changed from draft to draft. Some scenes, or chapters, were cut completely, some completely or partially replaced by new ones, others were tweaked and changed, and quirks, character backstories, motivations, and goals evolved.

There was a scene that was part of three different drafts before it was cut out and it looked like it wouldn’t make it back into the story, but I found a way to make it work. It was a pretty short scene but I thought it was important to have it there. Another one I had to rewrite surely seven times (or more) until it finally said and showed exactly what it was supposed to.

When it comes to the settings, some of the Berlin ones were pieced together to make them work. While one of the places we see is set in one district, the actual building is located in a completely different part of the city. It wouldn’t have made sense, or worked, to have it where it’s originally located so I had switch it up. It’s something probably only someone from Berlin, and who knows both the district and the building, would notice, if even. The hotel Miles and Fiona stay in was also pieced together from three or four different ones since none of the hotels that are actually in the area where I wanted it to be looked like what I needed them to look like for the story.

But, besides that, all other places in Berlin look just the way they do in real life, along with the descriptions of which public transportation they take and both sections of the airport.

 

Thank you so much for having me! 🙂

Alice Reeds was born in a small town in Germany but spent her first eight years in Florida, USA. Later on, she moved back to Europe, where her family moved around a lot. She was raised trilingual and has a basic understanding of Russian, read and spoken. After getting her International Baccalaureate Diploma, Alice is studying English Language and Literature at University. In her free time Alice mostly writes, reads, figure and/or roller skates, or watches countless let’s plays and figure skating videos.

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