27 Hours (The Nightside Saga #1)
By: Tristina Wright
Publication Date: October 3rd, 2017
Rumor Mora fears two things: hellhounds too strong for him to kill, and failure. Jude Welton has two dreams: for humans to stop killing monsters, and for his strange abilities to vanish.
But in no reality should a boy raised to love monsters fall for a boy raised to kill them.
Nyx Llorca keeps two secrets: the moon speaks to her, and she’s in love with Dahlia, her best friend. Braeden Tennant wants two things: to get out from his mother’s shadow, and to unlearn Epsilon’s darkest secret.
They’ll both have to commit treason to find the truth.
During one twenty-seven-hour night, if they can’t stop the war between the colonies and the monsters from becoming a war of extinction, the things they wish for will never come true, and the things they fear will be all that’s left.
27 Hours is a sweeping, thrilling story featuring a stellar cast of queer teenagers battling to save their homes and possibly every human on Sahara as the clock ticks down to zero.
1) A book goes through a lot of different versions and rounds of editing before its 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?
– Chapter 3 was originally Chapter 1 (yes, really), but my editor felt that was too fast of a drop into the story, so we backed it up a bit and moved Nyx’s opening chapter to Chapter 2.
– It was originally in first person, all told from Rumor’s POV.
– Jude originally had a southern accent. Like deep south. But that was when…
– The book originally took place on an Earth where all statues had come to life and laid waste to most of humanity. Publishers felt it was too dystopian.
– One of the six originally died, but I’m not telling you who.
2) Every world survives and makes sense because of rules. What were some rules you built your world on? Were there any that you started with that had to be bent along the way?
The biggest rule concerns the chimera and their inability to come out during dayside. That’s left over from gargoyle mythos and one that will remain throughout the series. The other rules concern the moon’s language and Nyx’s ability to detect/interpret it. Also, Trick’s burgeoning ability concerning the moon, but…spoilers.
3) Tell us about the world of 27 HOURS. What were your inspirations (cultural, literary, etc)? who did you write for/direct your story to? Was there an aspect of the world you created that you especially fell in love with?
I’ve been reading science fiction since I was little and have always been fascinated with humanity’s vision of hope and optimism in the genre but the human race’s knack for destruction and chaos. I took inspiration from the cartoon Gargoyles, movies such as Pitch Black, The Cave, even large-scale video games like Mass Effect, HALO, World of Warcraft, Skyrim, Guild Wars.
When I created these characters, I fell in love with each of them. With their flaws and their innocence. With their fear and their anger. With their hope and their sadness. They contain pieces of me and pieces of marginalized teens who need mirrors in books. That’s who I wrote this book for—teens who’ve only ever been a sidekick in stories. I wanted to let them be a hero.
Tristina Wright is a blue-haired bisexual with anxiety and opinions. She’s also possibly a mermaid, but no one can get confirmation. She fell in love with science fiction and fantasy at a young age and frequently got caught writing in class instead of paying attention. She enjoys worlds with monsters and kissing and monsters kissing. She married a nerd who can build computers and make the sun shine with his smile. Most days, she can be found drinking coffee from her favorite chipped mug and making up more stories for her wombfruit, who keep life exciting and unpredictable.
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