I'm a short fast-talker who likes chocolate. PURE is my 18th book, including books under my pen names, N.E. Bode and Bridget Asher. I mouth off sometimes
in essays and op-eds; my work has been published in The New York Times, Boston Globe, Washington Post, NPR... I teach at Florida State. I have four kids, two dogs and a cat.
2) Could you tell us a bit about Pure.
It started with the image of a 16 year old girl with a doll-head fist who's hiding in an ash-choked cabinet. There's also an older boy who escapes a Dome. Their lives entwine. It's set post-detonations and so there's a lot of world-building.
3) What was the inspiration for writing Pure?
This question always stumps me because it's never just one idea. The images above, the desire to write on a large canvas, a psychological realism, a connection to my oldest who loved the early pages and urged me to write the rest.
4) Were there any personal experiences that went in to writing Pure?
Yes. In that the fusings themselves -- some of them -- harken back to having small children, who I always held and let fall asleep on my chest, and I wrote with them all bundled to me. When you read about the Mothers in the book, you'll understand why it's related. Fusings.
5) Was Pressia's character based on anyone or was she a purely made up character? What is she like?
She holds traits of my own, my daughters, those around me -- but the result is that she's her own person. Completely
6) What was your inspiration in the cover art for Pure?
The cover art was done by brilliant designers in-house. I loved it immediately.
7) Who is your favorite character in the book? And why?
I can't choose between them. But I really unexpectedly love writing one character who begins as a bad guy but emerges as a main character who's actually
very complex. El Capitan -- and his brother who's fused to his back, Helmud.
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