Not only is Feeder a fabulous start to what is sure to be an amazing series, but the author is pretty fabulous too!
Feeder is book #1 in a Dystopian-Science Fiction series of the same name. Today we’ll talk about the book and meet its creator, author Eliza Green.
Feeder (Release Date: November 29, 2016)
When their hometown of Brookfield is poisoned by radiation, seventeen-year-old Anya Macklin and her older brother Jason are relocated to the safe but boring urbano of Essention.
While Jason is put to work, Anya is enrolled in the adult skills course at Arcis, a secretive and heavily monitored education facility. There she must compete with other teenage recruits and earn her place in society by reaching the top floor.
At first, Anya fears change, and is reluctant to advance. But then she meets Dom Pavesi, a brooding, evasive stranger who drives her to discover the rules of this dangerous game where there can be only one winner.
Who is Dom? Which side is he on?
And what terrible truth awaits Anya on the ninth floor of Arcis?
“You have to keep moving forward, he says. But I am afraid of change. Change will kill me.”
I loved it! You guys must know by now that I am all about the future. The dystopian future that is. Though I must add, that these days I am terrified that my favourite genre is becoming a reality but I could write a book (pun intended) about that and this is about Feeder.
My favourite part about this book was the delivery–A slow build-up revealing important details as the story unfolds. Such a fantastic way to build suspense and Feeder has loads of it. It also has really great characters. Particularly Anya, the main protagonist. At first she is a meek, fearful girl but as the story develops she really comes in to her own. She becomes courageous and tough, a truly admirable heroine and I can’t wait to see what she does next.
The writing is excellent. Eliza depicts such a grim landscape, is it any wonder that Arcis is the only shining beacon of hope for the populace. The only chance for a future no matter what the cost. Also the pace of the story matches the pace of each level of Arcis, becoming a frenzied race once Anya reaches the ninth floor and I thought that was brilliant. Not sure if it was intentional but it really works.
Chatting with Eliza Green
What made you decide Feeder was the start of a series and not a standalone novel?
There was so much more to the idea than a bunch of teenagers being put through their paces in the creepy Arcis education programme. I had originally pegged this as a standalone novel because you never really know if there’s another story until you finish the book. But when I got to the end, there were way too many questions left unanswered. I had to continue on so I could figure out what the heck was going on! Because writers don’t always know where a story is going until it has been fully drafted.
This year, I’ll be releasing two novellas to give more insight into Dom & Sheila and Warren, which will tie in nicely with the second book, Breeder.
Ghost hunting. That’s a very specialized field. What made you decide to write sci-fi instead of horror or something else paranormal?
Ha! I’m definitely no expert and it’s only specialist in the sense that I tried it a couple of times! I’m an open-minded sceptic and enjoy exploring the unexplainable. But from a very young age I was drawn to sci-fi. The first sci-fi movie I saw on TV was “Close Encounters of the Third Kind.” I loved the darker elements to the story. Scared the crap out of me, but I didn’t care. The scarier, the better. I was a strange kid.
Horror has never been my thing and I’m choosy about what I watch in that genre. There’s enough dark in imagined sci-fi futures to satisfy my needs.
I have a fondness for Irish authors. I love the language and syntax (or it may be because, I’m Irish as well). Do you think it would have been more difficult to start your writing career in North America or the same? Is there a difference in the publishing process?
Go Irish! We have a very unique way about us that’s hard for foreigners to understand. It’s our humour and the misconception that we are all angry drunks. The truth is we hate conflict and often deflect it through cleverly timed humour. If we like someone, we tease them. Some people get offended by that, but they shouldn’t. It’s like pulling pigtails in the schoolyard. We don’t do it unless you interest us.
The publishing process is the same in Ireland as it is anywhere else in the developed world. There’s a great writer community in Ireland and the UK and self publishing is pretty much the same wherever you go because you can access it online.
The only issue I face is my location. Being from Ireland, I’m excluded from Amazon’s ACX Audio book programme. UK can access it. It’s a pain in the behind. If I want to attend an interesting Amazon workshop, I have to travel to the UK to do it. We don’t get the same love as the UK because of our population size. But where there are problems, I will always find solutions. I just have to think more creatively about it!
Anya is a fantastic protagonist! Is there someone in your life who inspired this character?
Anya is pretty much me growing up. Anya is reserved; she tries to play by the rules, but that doesn’t always get her anywhere. She finds it difficult to connect with other people, so she stays in a place where she can’t get hurt. She’s slow to trust new people and when she’s cornered, she comes out fighting. Anya hates not having control over her life, but she fears change and is happy to go along with the consensus. That was basically me in school! I retained some of those traits as an adult, which I no longer see as faults. They are a natural part of my introvert self.
Finally, do you like to relax with a glass of wine or are you more likely to sit down to a pint?
It really depends on my mood. If I’m at home, I love a glass of wine. If I’m out, I prefer pints. Do you know how drunk you can get on wine? The answer is Very. While not very refined looking, pints help me to pace on a night out. I’m a lightweight when it comes to alcohol. After two or three drinks, I’m done!
Lol! Thanks so much for visiting Booknista! I loved your book and it was a pleasure working with you.
About the Author
Eliza Green tried her hand at fashion designing, massage, painting, and even ghost hunting, before finding her love of writing. She often wonders if her desire to change the ending of a particular glittery vampire story steered her in that direction (it did). After earning her degree in marketing, Eliza went on to work in everything but marketing, but swears she uses it in everyday life, or so she tells her bank manager.
Born and raised in Dublin, Ireland, she lives there with her sci-fi loving, evil genius best friend. When not working on her next amazing science fiction adventure, you can find her reading, indulging in new food at an amazing restaurant or simply singing along to something with a half decent beat.