In a world with skyrocketing inflation and unemployment, blood has become the new commodity, and the rarer your blood type, the more it’s worth.
After losing her job and watching her savings dwindle, Liri is persuaded by a resourceful friend to sell her blood to ABO Blood Group, where she learns she is O Negative, the most valuable and sought after blood.
Unable to afford living in New York City, Liri reluctantly decides to move back home and live with her parents, but her plan is interrupted when a virus is maliciously unleashed onto the island of Manhattan, resulting in a citywide quarantine. Before being able to devise an alternative plan, she is secretly informed of a covert mission by ABO to evacuate Negatives out of NYC. Although reluctant to trust them, it’s her only viable choice to stay alive, but unbeknown to Liri, she and the Negatives are vital to activating opposing agendas on Earth and beyond.
1. When and where do you prefer to write?
Ideally, in the morning in bed, with my back against a few pillows before the chaos of the day begins. But life happens, and as of late it’s when and where I can squeeze it in, which includes on my phone while I am waiting in line somewhere.
2. Do you have a certain ritual?
I start the day with meditation because it helps calm the mind and allow for new ideas, characters, and storylines to flow through.
3. Is there a drink of some food that keeps you company while you write?
Ginger tea and organic gummy bears. Although, I did have some fun in Old Havana last year following the drinking trail of Ernest Hemingway.
4. What is your favourite book?
Ha! That’s like asking a mother who her favorite child is. I don’t have one favorite, I have many that I enjoy and continue to discover new favorites across various genres.
5. Do you consider writing a different genre in the future?
Science fiction and fantasy best align with my wild imagination, but I did begin writing a contemporary fiction novel a couple years ago that I never finished. So, yes…er, maybe.
6. Do you sometimes base your characters on people you know?
Not on a single person, but a mashup of people goes into each character.
7. Do you take a notebook everywhere in order to write down ideas that pop up?
Yes, and it’s hot pink with a gold ‘B’ for book stuff, but I also dictate ideas on my phone.
8. Which genre do you not like at all?
Horror–sorry Stephen King!
9. If you had the chance to co-write a book. Whom would it be with?
If I could choose anyone, whether deceased or living, it would be Tolkien, because of his fantastic world-building skills. I think we would create literary magic together.
10. If you should travel to a foreign country to do research, which one would you chose and why?
I’ve been fortunate enough to spend extensive time in other countries, and it has given me inspiration and perspective, which I incorporate into my novels and characters. But, since I have an obsession with ancient history and civilizations, Egypt is a country I would love to explore. It’s one of the few places in the world where we have a glimpse into the past, and I would jump at the opportunity to intimately explore the pyramids.
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About the author
Violet St. Karl’s love affair with science fiction and fantasy began at the tender age of four when she first saw Star Wars: Return of the Jedi, but nearly three decades passed before she started transferring the stories in her head onto the computer screen. Unbeknownst to Violet at the time of signing her lease, her Upper West Side apartment was the former site of Edgar Allen Poe’s old farmhouse, where he completed writing the Raven. However, she didn’t begin writing until receiving another sign from the universe a year later. While spending extensive time in Barcelona, she learned her flat once belonged to Mercè Rodoreda i Gurguí, a famous Catalan writer, an indication that living in the former residences of famous dead authors was no coincidence, but a sign to start writing.
After over a decade in New York, Violet recently returned to her roots in the Detroit area where is an advocate and proud Ambassador of the Authors Guild. When not writing or focused on strengthening the local literary community, she is planning which country to explore next.
Violet St. Karl