Series: The Breeding Tree (Book 1)
Genre: YA Dystopian
Publisher: Brimstone Fiction, an imprint of Lighthouse Publishers of the Carolinas
Release Date: Sept 21, 2015
Edition/Formats: 1st edition Available In Paperback, ebook
Is the opportunity to create the next generation of life a dream come true or a deadly nightmare?
When seventeen year old Katherine Dennard is selected to become a "Creation Specialist" in Sector 4, the opportunity sounds like a dream come true. But Kate soon discovers the darker side of her profession - the disposal of fetal organs and destruction of human life. It makes sense, really. In a society where disease and malformations don t exist, human perfection demands that no genetic "mutants" be allowed to live. For Sector 4, "survival of the fittest" is not just a theory - it's The Institute's main mission.
When Kate discovers that The Institute is using her DNA to create new life, her work gets personal. In order to save her unviable son, she'll have to trust Micah and his band of underground Natural Born Rebels. The problem is, if The Institute discovers her betrayal, the next body being disposed of could be hers.
Practical Advice for Beginning Writers
Practical advice… Hmm, that could be interpreted in so many ways! Okay, here it goes.
Pay attention in English class. If you already slept your way through English class (or high school, for that matter), you’ll have to teach yourself proper grammar. Yes, that means knowing where to put those commas, learning how to spell, and knowing the difference between active and passive writing.
Get some sleep. Sleep is good for your brain. Just don’t get too much sleep. I mean, if you write full time, you have the opportunity to sleep whenever you want. DON’T do it. Sleep sometimes. Sleep at night, but at least some of the time you need to be awake so you can write.
Find an inspirational food/drink. This may be different every day. Some writers have one snack that gets them going. For me, some days it’s chocolate; other days it’s something salty. Every day it’s coffee. I’ve heard Twizzlers or pretzels help. Whatever it is, find it. Eat it. Then get to work.
Gather a support system. Make sure this system is diverse. You need a few people to tell you how amazing your writing is (Mom, Dad, and Grandma Sue), a few who will give you good feedback but will still be nice (your sister, Joe from down the street, and your best friend from high school who will latch onto your fame when you hit it big), and a few who will give it to you straight (a critique partner you found online, that weird dude from work who says he wants to be a writer too, and the girl from college you used to fight with but sort of made up so now you’re kind of friends).
Above all, I suggest a writer’s group. I have one at my local library. These people will become your friends, but they may also be able to give you good feedback too! If you don’t have a group already in place, create one!
Create goals. It might be to actually get out of bed before noon or to actually put clothes on when writing rather than writing in your pjs. Or maybe you want to hit the NYT Bestseller list so you can brag at your high school reunion. Do you want to make a difference in people’s lives through your writing? Or get back at that girl who put glue in your hair in elementary school, so now you’re going to kill her off in a novel? My goal is usually to find something to entertain the toddler long enough for me to write one uninterrupted paragraph. Whatever the case, keep it in the forefront of your mind so it can motivate you. (*NOTE: tell others your goal. You’re more likely to reach it if you have accountability.)
Write like you. Okay, so maybe you’re a little strange and slightly off kilter, but that’s okay! No one can write like you can! Be yourself. Don’t try to copy anyone else. Find your own voice and go for it.
perfect better. You’ll never be
perfect, so get over it. Oh, sorry, was that a surprise? I’m sorry. No matter
how many times your mom (sister, uncle, friend) tells you that your writing is
the absolute best thing she’s ever read, she’s lying. That doesn’t mean you
have to quit. Read. Read some more. Read about writing. Then write. Write some
more. Then read more about writing. Try a few new things you’ve read about, but
if it doesn’t fit into #6, then scrap it. Find something that helps you be you
but a better (writing) you. Learn. Be humble. Eventually, you’ll see how far
you’ve come and how much your writing has grown.
Take some time to NOT write. I’m awesome at this one. I usually have to force myself to sit down and actually do what I claim is my profession. But lots of people I know just write and write and write. Sometimes, you just need a break. Take a day and head to the beach, grab a cup of coffee with a friend, play a board game with your kids. Remember that writing is awesome, but relationships are what are most important in life. Foster them.
There’s not much to do growing up in a small town in Western, NY, so J. Andersen wrote stories and won high school writing contests. But in college her writing was limited to term papers. While teaching middle school she began to read young adult books and got serious about writing. She now writes full time, volunteers at the town library, helps to run a School of the Arts at her church, and sings in the church band. She enjoys good coffee—read: home roasted by her husband—crafts, baking, and chasing after her children. You’ll rarely see J. without a book in her hands, and that’s the way she’d like to keep it.
Paces to find J Andersen
Places to find the Breeding Tree