by Anne Tibbets
Series: The Line #2
Publication date: December 1st 2014
by Carina Press (HQN)
Category: New Adult
Freedom means making brutal choices.
Rebel lovers Naya and Ric have survived one year in hiding, raising Naya’s twins from infants to toddlers in the shadow of the brutal Auberge dictatorship. They’re alive, and they’re together, but the city is crumbling around them and the haunting memory of Naya’s dark days on The Line have never fully left them. Living in isolation won’t be an option forever.
When a mysterious revolutionary seeks their help to infiltrate Auberge’s electronic heart and shut it down, it’s an opportunity—it’s risky, yes, but if it works they’ll get out of the city and taste freedom for the first time. Naya needs this. They need this.
Beyond the broken walls of Auberge, Naya and Ric find the paradise they’ve always longed for. But with anarchy reigning and Naya’s children lost amidst the chaos, they’ll need to forfeit their post-apocalyptic Eden…or commit an unspeakable act.
Book two of two.
A Guest Blog Post by Anne Tibbets
Step #1: Don’t treat your character like a woman. Treat her like a human.
– People have layers, and faults, and fears, and a vocal cadence, likes and dislikes, physical ticks. Don’t go out to write a strong female character. Go out and write a strong human. The fact that she’s a woman should be immaterial.
Step #2: Do not let her feelings override her brain (in the end).
– There have been instances when my emotions have gotten the better of me, and I have made terrible mistakes because of impulsive, emotional choices. All humans, be them male or female, make this mistake at some point in their lives. The difference with the strong female characters I write is that they do not need someone to point out that they’ve made a rash, emotional choice – they figure it out themselves, and use their brains to do the best they can do remedy this error. Women are just as intelligent as men. Do not write her as only a ball of swirling emotions. She also has a brain. Make her use it.
Step #3: There is more to life than having a boyfriend.
– Yes, love makes the world go round. So does money, and power, and centrifugal force. If your female character’s main goal in life is to “get the guy to love her,” and she learns nothing about herself, or the guy, or the world during this journey, then you have failed in creating a well-rounded, strong human character. If you want a reader to respect your heroine, sure, let her “get the guy to love her,” but then let her realize she doesn’t need him after all and chose to keep him regardless. That’s strong, that’s real, and that’s a human I can relate to and admire.
~About the Author~
Anne Tibbets is an SCBWI award-winning and Smashwords.com Best Selling author. After writing for Children’s television, Anne found her way to young/new adult fiction by following what she loves: books, strong female characters, twisted family dynamics, magic, sword fights, quick moving plots, and ferocious and cuddly animals.
Along with CARRIER, Anne is also the author of the young adult fantasy novella, THE BEAST CALL and the young adult contemporary, SHUT UP.
Anne divides her time between writing, her family, and three furry creatures that she secretly believes are plotting her assassination.
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