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Tuesday 4 June 2013

Author & Character Interview ~ Aberrant by Ruth Silver {Tour + Giveaway}

Welcome to my tour stop for

Aberrant by Ruth Silver

Please follow the remaining stops, click the event banner for tour schedule, alternatively you can join the Facebook event created for the tour here

Today I am privileged to have Aberrant's Author, Ruth Silver here with us today, along with one of Aberrant's main character, Olivia Parker! 

Along with the tour-wide giveaway at the end of this post, Ruth has kindly doubled your chances to win Aberrant, click here to enter…good luck! Just curious, which of the two covers (banner) do you prefer? 

Please find my review of Aberrant and a short excerpt here 

About The Author

Ruth Silver

Ruth Silver attended Northern Illinois University and graduated with a Bachelor's in Communication in the spring of 2005. While in college, she spent much of her free time writing with friends she met online and penning her first novel, Deuces are Wild, which she self-published in 2004. Her favorite class was Creative Writing senior year where she often handed in assignments longer than the professor required because she loved to write and always wanted to finish her stories. Her love of writing led her on an adventure in 2007 to Melbourne, Australia. Silver enjoys reading, photography, traveling and most of all writing. She loves dystopian and fantasy young adult stories. Her debut novel published by Lazy Day Publishing, ABERRANT is scheduled for release April 2013. Ruth has been actively writing since she was a teenager. She currently resides in Plainfield, Illinois.

~ Interview with Ruth Silver ~ 

3 Must Have Items when you’re writing 

My laptop (which probably goes without saying), powerade zero and my cell phone. When I get into the writing zone, I won’t constantly check my e-mails but if something important comes up, I’ll see it on my phone. 

You're stranded on an island and can only choose one of your characters from Aberrant to accompany you, who would it be and why? 

Olivia because she doesn’t give up or give in. If we were stranded, we’d have to build shelter, find food and of course survive. She may not be the strongest physically but mentally she’s been through an ordeal. If she can survive the Gravelands, she can survive a deserted island. 

Ruth, you traveled to Melbourne, Australia in 2007, what are 3 things you liked about Australia? 

1. The culture. I stayed with a friend and her parents, so I experienced Australia far more than I would have staying at a hotel or hostel. 
2. The wildlife - I got to pet a Kangaroo, hold a branch to feed a Koala, and see penguins come out from the ocean at dusk. 
3. The scenery. Although it rained, we drove along Great Ocean Road and it was absolutely gorgeous. We went along the coast to the 12 apostles (though I think there’s far less of them now) but it was beautiful. 

You’re not only a writer but also a reader, what's the next book in your TBR (To be read) pile? 

I’ve got Icons by Margaret Stohl, the 5th Wave by Rick Yancey and Reboot by Amy Tintera fighting for the next book to be read. I haven’t decided yet! 

Who's your favourite author and why? 

John Green. His words almost always bring me to tears. 

You also enjoy traveling, what's your favourite country to visit and why…whether you've already visited it or plan to visit it. 

I really want to travel to Europe, I haven’t been. France and Italy are at the top of my travel list, with Paris being the main city in France I would love to visit and Rome or Pompeii in Italy! 

What's your inspiration for Genesis and the overall world that Aberrant was created in? 

The countries name, Cabal, comes from its definition. "A small group of secret plotters," which I felt fitting for a dystopian society. I wanted the name to signify a revolution because Cabal is not the perfect society that the government wishes and pretends it to be. I wanted Cabal to strive for Utopian but instead of being perfect, it was something else entirely. 

The inspiration itself comes from most of us striving towards perfection. I don't think there are many people that want a world without jobs, filled with homeless people that are starving. I think it's easy to see what's going on in society, what's happening now and see a glimpse of the current world in its worst. It made me want to imagine a better world and then I realized how would this perfect world be flawed? 

3 words to describe Aberrant? 

Intense, Romantic, Adventurous

~ Interview with Olivia Parker ~ 

3 Things you miss about Genesis since you ran away? 

My mother, I miss her most of all. I’m still angry at her for lying to me all those years, but I think I’m beginning to understand her reasons why. 

I miss my home. The smells in the kitchen as mom would cook dinner. Waking up early in the morning, I used to hear birds chirping just outside my window. I never appreciated those things before, not until I left did I realize how much I missed them. 

I miss school. I never thought I’d say it and I know, now I’m too old to even be in school but I still miss it. What I miss isn’t the classes or the teachers. It’s not even the other kids. I miss the routine. The fact I was oblivious to so much in the world around me. Some days, I wish I could go back and just be a kid again, before the marriage ceremony. 

You have 2 minutes with your Mother, what would you say/ask? 

I would tell her first that I love her, and then that I forgive her. I would ask her about my father. I’d want to know about the fire, she never talked about it with me and always avoided visiting his grave. Then, if there was still time, I’d tell her to be happy and not to miss me because I’m okay. 

3 Words to describe your feelings when you first got taken from home? 

terrified. nauseated, and devastated 

Do you feel you’re different from other children because you weren't "won" in the lottery? If so, how? 

I don’t feel any different. I mean I look at Joshua and I don’t consider us to be any different because he was won in the lottery and I wasn’t. I consider him my equal, in everything. At the same time, I know I’m different. I’m reminded of it at every town I’ve been and it frightens me. I don’t want to be different. I want to be just like everyone else. I’d do anything to give up being special. 

Name 3 interesting facts about Genesis? 

1. Books are forbidden in Genesis. Textbooks are the only sanctioned reading materials for school. Adults, at home, read The Genesis Times, a government sanctioned newspaper. My father used to work for it, until he died in a fire. 
2. Touching a member of the opposite sex is unheard of in Genesis, even for couples that are married to one another. Since children are born in labs and marriage is arranged by the government, holding hands, kissing and any public displays of affection - are considered unnecessary - and are not tolerated. 3. Our lives are supposed to be easy in Genesis, we have few choices that we are required to make. Choices often bring about inequality, so the government has done away with it. We are provided with a house, a job, clothing, food and a spouse.

About The Book


by Ruth Silver

Series: Aberrant #1
Publication Date: April 17, 2013 
Genre: YA Dystopian


In the future Dystopian society of Cabal, the government instills equality for all and offers its citizens the perfect system. There is food, shelter and jobs for everyone. The one requirement is to follow the rules without question, including the government's match in marriage and "The Day of the Chosen", a lottery that randomly selects families to conceive children as natural means hasn't existed in generations. Following her eighteenth birthday, Olivia Parker accepts her requirement to marry her childhood best friend, Joshua Warren, and is eager to start her work assignment and new life when it all comes abruptly to an end as she's arrested and thrown in prison. The only crime committed, her existence. Olivia is unlike the rest of the world born not from "The Day of the Chosen." The truth haunts the government and puts her life in grave danger as one simple fact would destroy the perfect system.

With Joshua's help, Olivia breaks free of prison and is forced on the run. Together they set out to find the promised rebel town in search of a new home and new life together. Their situation seems less than promising as they reach the town of Haven. New rules and customs must be adhered to in order to stay. Leaving would mean most certain death in the large expanse of the Gravelands. Time is running out as the government mounts an attack to destroy Olivia and bury her secret with her. Thrown into a world unlike their own, they must quickly adapt to survive.

Buy Aberrant now for only $4.99 on Kindle!

~ Giveaway ~ 

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Thank you for hosting Aberrant!


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