When you wish to end your career, stop writing, and look back on your life, what thoughts would you like to have? That I made a difference in people’s lives for the better. That somewhere the teenagers I write for were braver, or stronger, or felt empowered because of things that I wrote.
How did you come up with the title? The title comes from one of the lines of the book. The main character feels very isolated and he’s told that “The darkest lie we’re ever told is that we are alone.”
Can you tell us about your main character? Thane is a 15 year old introvert who just wants to be invisible. His feelings of loneliness and isolation separate him from everyone around him, and all he wants is to get through the next three years of high school and disappear.
How important do you think villains are in a story? They are at least as important as your main character, sometimes more! A good villain makes or breaks a story. You have to understand why the villain wants what they want and who they are, so that as you reveal it throughout the story it matters to the reader. And remember, the villain doesn’t think they’re the “bad guy.” Actor Willem Dafoe is credited as saying it didn’t make a difference whether he played the hero or the villain, because “everybody thinks they are righteous.”
Can we expect any more books from you in the future? Yes, absolutely! The Darkest Lie is the first in a planned four book series, called The Shaerealm Series. I already have another trilogy planned after this, a dystopian science fiction series with a female main character who has narcolepsy.
Have you started another book yet? Yes, I’m about 60% of the way through the second book in the Shaerealm series, called “The Sound at the Edge.”
Where do you see yourself in five years? Hopefully finishing the Shaerealm series and starting the next one!
Are you reading any interesting books at the moment? I’m a big fan of the Dan Well’s Partials series- I think they’re the best written dystopian I’ve ever come across.
You’d think after being drugged, taken to a secret military facility, attacked by a flying red monkey, finding out one of your parents isn’t human, being shot, imprisioned, thrown out of a collapsing building and shot again, that the thing Thane wouldn’t be most afraid of was his high school chemistry teacher. But you’d be wrong.
15 year old Thane is invisible. At least he’s worked really hard to be, and all he wants is to get through school unnoticed. Things were going well for him until Remi showed up. She’s pretty, fun, outgoing, and she picked Thane for a friend. If only a temporary one. Being with Remi means everybody notices him too, even Cressida Rasmussen, the beautiful and possibly insane chemistry teacher who seems to be trying to kill him with science, and Brennan Tayler, the thirtysomething man who only shows up when Thane is in trouble and who may or may not be a figment of Thane’s stressed imagination.
When Ms. Rasmussen ensures that a science experiment goes horribly wrong, Thane is a suspect in an attempted murder where he’s the one who should have died. Brennan offers Thane a way to escape– enter Sanctum, a secret pseudo-military organization that’s been tracking him. If Thane doesn’t go, at best Ms. Rasmussen will try again and next time someone might die. But if he does the price might just be Thane’s freedom, humanity, and self-control. The most powerful magic and the most advanced technology together won’t save him, and neither will understanding the song and science of the universe. The only hope he has is to find a way to disbelieve a lie he’s been told all his life, the darkest lie we’re ever told, and find out what’s true for himself.
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Genre – New Adult Urban Fantasy
Rating – PG