I was hooked on every page because I wanted to find out what was happening. It’s like nothing else I’ve read. – Danielle on GR
When you come across a book on Goodreads with over 4 stars, I don’t know about all of you but I definitely want to know more about it! Especially with such an amazing premise – sudden incredible knowledge, a little thrill, a lot of romance, and a young woman straddling dimensions – SIGN ME UP. We sat down with debut author A.M. Rose to get to know Drea, Maddox, and Dylan a bit more. Check it out!
Interview with A.M. Rose – Author of Road to Eugenica + Avid Reader!
Let’s get to know Drea, Maddox, and Dylan. What would be in their backpacks on a typical day?
I love this question. Drea’s bag would be a mess of things, a notebook or two, a few magazines, some bright colored highlighters, tampons, Chap Stick, loose change floating around and definitely her camera.
Dylan’s bag is completely organized with only the things he needs, plus a few things just in case. He would for sure have some hidden cash, an extra snack, a phone charger, and a bottle of water. Always prepared for any situation is Dylan’s MO.
Maddox would have his sketch book, pencils, and whatever book he’s reading at the moment.
In Road to Eugenica, Drea suddenly finds herself with knowledge and language abilities she didn’t previously possess. What’s one question you’d want answered if you suddenly had this level of knowledge?
Questions I want answers to are more related to social behavior than anything academic, so this is a tough question for me. Like I’d want to know why some people have this mentality of, do as I say not as I do? Or why does it feel like although our technology is advancing our collective intelligence is decreasing? For example we all know it is dangerous to text and drive yet every day I see people on the road with their knee on the wheel, two hands on their phone and eyes focused in their laps. It just doesn’t make sense to me.
Tell us about your writing and publication process for Road to Eugenica. What’s been most rewarding?
My journey for Road to Eugenica is a little different than the standard, or at least I feel like it is. I wrote this book four years ago, queried it too early and put it in a drawer before pulling it back out and rewriting it from a blank page. At that point I didn’t really have time to try and query it again because I won the NJRW Put Your Heart in a Book contest and met my editor at that conference. Soon after the book was taken to acquisitions and I was made an offer.
The most rewarding part of it, aside from holding the book in my hands, was when my niece realized I dedicated it to her. That make it all worth it.
What’s the most fascinating thing you learned in your research process for the book?
Since Drea basically has this encyclopedia brain I had to research a ton of stuff. Which I think it my favorite part of the process, and I can easily get lost in it for hours. I’m not sure I can pick out one specific thing, but I will say that I love it when I can find a gold nugget. Something I can use that makes my world and characters that much more real.
Your profile says you’re an avid reader – What books have you read lately that you loved?
A while ago I gave myself permission to not finish books. This might sound horrible, but there are so many that I want to read that it has become harder and harder to finishing something I’m not 100% into. (That doesn’t mean I won’t go back to them, or give them another try. Because I absolutely will.) However with that said, I’m reading three books at the moment, Tarbin’s True Heir by Kelly Lynn Colby, Nothing Left to Burn by Heather Ezell, and The Breathless by Tara Goedjen. I’m enjoying them all for different reason and foresee myself finishing them all. I’d probably be able to finish them quicker if I was a book monogamist, but where’s the fun in that?
by A.M. Rose
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Published: February 5th, 2018
Two dimensions – and the girl who connects them
Yesterday, Drea Smith couldn’t do anything spectacular—even walking and texting at the same time was a challenge. But today, she suddenly has more answers than Google, can speak and understand numerous languages, and she can fight. Like a boss.
Drea has no idea where her encyclopedic knowledge has come from, but she’ll take it when she discovers someone out there knows her secret and wants her badly. And that they’ve been searching for her since she was born.
With the help of her best friend Dylan, who just wants to keep her safe, and Maddox, a mysterious new boy who is prepared to get her answers, Drea will have to push her new skills to their limit as she uncovers nothing is quite what it seems.
As she uncovers…Eugenica.
Filled with bombshells of both the surprise and swoon variety, ROAD TO EUGENICA will delight fans of Gena Showalter’s Firstlife and James Dashner’s The Maze Runner.
About the A.M. Rose
A.M. Rose is a graduate of San Diego State University with a BA in Communication and a minor in underwater basket weaving. (Okay, maybe not the basket weaving part.) By day, Rose is a Domestic CEO. (Yes, she came up with the title.) By night, she is a writer of young adult novels, literary agency intern, avid reader, and trampoline enthusiast. She is also an active member of SCBWI, RWA, YARWA, and NJRW. Rose lives in Texas with her husband, two boys, and three (yes, three) cats. www.amroseauthor.com