Blog Tour - Guest Post and Giveaway: Otherborn by Anna Silver

It's the Otherborn blog tour. In this exclusive stop, you could get to know and learn more about the detailed world of Otherborn with Anna Silver. This is not only for the readers but if you are a writer, read on as well.

Anna Silver

World building is an aspect of fiction writing that I enjoy. Losing myself in a new place, sculpting the details of my characters’ world, is an adventure for me every time. I had two things in mind when I first began detailing the setting for Otherborn: contrast and plausibility.

I knew that my characters would have more than one setting. They would spend part of their time on the astral plane—a magical, fantastical space that was always vibrant and shifting, always in flux and interacting with the characters. It was important to me, in order to build the sense of drama around what was happening to them, to contrast that setting against their waking world. To do that, I had to make the world London and her friends lived in everyday the opposite of the astral plane. Where the astral was vibrant, their world needed to be dull. Where the astral was flowing, their world needed to be stagnant. Where the astral was wild, their world needed to be controlled. Where the astral was alive with infinite potential, their world needed to feel like a dead end. Originally, I thought writing the astral plane would be the most satisfying, but I found that the creativity and imagination required to build London’s waking world, whether it be behind the walls of Capital City, lost in the overgrown Outroads, or spying on the verdant valley of New Eden, was far more fulfilling than I anticipated. In the end, it was the ability to play these two worlds off of one another that really brought each one to life. It’s a recurring theme in my work, and the genesis behind my website’s tag line, “Where Worlds Collide…”

The second factor in setting for Otherborn was plausibility. I love dystopian and I’ve read a lot of it. Some of it is wildly imaginative. There are dystopian settings that are more fantastical to me than Middle Earth. But I wanted my world to hit a little closer to home. I wanted to build it on an idea that was entirely possible and, some would even say, probable. We are currently facing a global crisis in regards to energy. And there a dozen ways it could play out. Our fossil fuel industry is a major roadblock to progress. And because our economy is tightly interwoven with those corporations, we tread lightly. It made sense to me that an industry that powerful, sensing its own demise, would do most anything in the name of self preservation. Even enslave the population at large. And it followed that the best way for them achieve that goal wouldn’t be through brute force, it would be through propaganda. By playing on our fears and survival instincts, they could easily get us to lock ourselves in the prison and hand them the key.

By making my antagonists the nameless, faceless descendants of today’s oil and gas tycoons, I ended up building London’s world around the concept of a society without gas, a society living on carefully rationed power. I tried to explore as many of the ways that would affect her world as I could. Our sprawling American suburbia would get sucked into tightly clustered units behind walls. The melting pot of our culture would eventually settle into a miasma of forgotten races and traditions. Those who exist outside the tight confines they’ve been given would be rebels. But how would their rebellion take shape? There are always those who fall through the cracks. In this case, the Outroaders. What would their life look like? Most important of all, how do you keep a society under your control once you’ve gained it? Oppression requires a lot of energy. Sedation is the path of least resistance. Mentally, physically, emotionally, creatively. In every way. This is how New became a dirty word in London’s world. It’s how reprocessing became the orchestrated replacement for recycling, and scrapping became a natural outgrowth of that movement.

Contrast and plausibility became my foundation for a host of details that built the combined setting of Otherborn. I hope you enjoy exploring it with me in the book. And I hope you come back for book two, working title Astral Tide, as I expand the setting and adventure for London and the gang.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR. Anna Silver is an author and artist living in the greater Houston area with her family, pets, and overactive imagination. Her art has been featured in the Houston gallery Las Manos Magicas. She studied English Writing & Rhetoric at St. Edward’s University. She’s freelanced for private clients and small publications like the Hill Country Current. OTHERBORN is her first published novel. She is represented by Rebecca Podos and Nicole LaBombard of Rees Literary Agency.

SERIES. Otherborn
RELEASE DATE. April 4, 2013
PUBLISHER. Sapphire Star Publishing
BUY FROM. Amazon

SYNOPSIS. London and her teenage friends live in a reprocessed world.

Confined within Capital City’s concrete walls, London has done the impossible and the illegal. She’s created something New- a song. But her mentor, club owner Pauly, is not impressed. Since the historic Energy Crisis forced everyone behind walls generations ago, the Tycoons have ensured there is truly nothing new allowed under the sun. Pauly warns London to keep her song to herself, if she knows what’s good for her.

What he doesn’t know is that London is keeping an even bigger secret: she dreams. And she’s not alone. London’s band-mates and friends have begun dreaming as well, seeing themselves in “night pictures” as beings from another world. As Otherborn, they must piece together the story of their astral avatars, the Others, in order to save their world from a dreamless, hopeless future.

When Pauly is murdered and an Otherborn goes missing, London realizes someone is hunting them down. Escaping along the Outroads, they brave the deserted Houselands with only their dreams to guide them. Can they find their friend before the assassin finds them? Will being Otherborn save their lives, or destroy them?

Anna Silver is offering a SIGNED FINISHED COPY OF OTHERBORN to readers. All you need to do is to enter through the Rafflecopter. Giveaway is open to everyone. It ends June 14, 2013. Winners will be notified via email. Follow the rest of the blog tour here.

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