Today we are excited to welcome Shannon Stoker, author of the New Adult Dystopian novel The Registry, out tomorrow! I have to thank Susan from WastepaperProse for helping me find this one. We were looking through catalogs and she was like oh, that looks interesting, I had completely missed it, and then I saw the author currently lives in my hometown, I knew I had to read this book, and I’m thankful I did, because I enjoyed every second of it!
The Registry saved the country from collapse. But stability has come at a price. In this patriotic new America, girls are raised to be brides, sold at auction to the highest bidder. Boys are raised to be soldiers, trained by the state to fight to their death.
Nearly eighteen, beautiful Mia Morrissey excitedly awaits the beginning of her auction year. But a warning from her married older sister raises dangerous thoughts. Now, instead of going up on the block, Mia is going to escape to Mexico—and the promise of freedom.
All Mia wants is to control her own destiny—a brave and daring choice that will transform her into an enemy of the state, pursued by powerful government agents, ruthless bounty hunters, and a cunning man determined to own her . . . a man who will stop at nothing to get her back.
Can you give us a small introduction to Mia and the world of The Registry?
Sure! Mia lives in a world where beauty is highly valued and young girls are auctioned off to the highest bidder. She is recently sold and decides to escape this life. Having been very sheltered she realizes she needs help to get away so she forces a young man, whose life and values are very different from hers, to assist.
The Registry that gave the book it’s title seems to have a lot of complex rules regulating it, more than we see in the book. Did you write up all the rules and the Registry Guide for GIrls and the Registry Guide for Boys before starting the story or did it evolve along the way?
They were defiantly evolving along the way. I think I always had them in the back of my mind while I was writing, but putting them on the paper was one of the last things I did. Coming up with the phrasing was a bit challenging, but I hope they provide the reader with some more insight into the world Mia lives in.
The Registry is told from several points of view. How did you decide those POVs and in what scenes you wanted to switch away from Mia’s POV to tell the story.
My original intention was just to use Mia’s POV, but I was writing Grant and having such a good time trying to make him so evil. I thought if I wrote from his POV I could really showcase how nasty and full of himself he was. Then when I was about half way through the book I started to really like how Andrew was turning out and I decided he deserved a voice as well. My favorite chapters and the ones from Grant’s POV and as I was writing the others I saw it as a treat to myself when I got to switch to his side.
Did your Law degree and experience help or hinder the world building process and writing the book?
Law school is tons of writing, I mean TONS! I think any form of writing is good practice, whether it’s fiction or legal briefs. I do have to say in the world of legal writing grammar goes out the window and run-on sentences are encouraged so at times when I was editing I found these paragraph long sentences that used “and” too much.
As far as the world building I think it was a blessing and a curse. Sometimes it is hard to let yourself go and throw out all the laws you know. In the back of my mind I was kind of thinking no way would this fly and had to keep reminding myself they don’t live in the same universe we do. On the plus side I think it helped me be diligent about trying to explain potential loopholes.
Without spoiling anything, what can we look forward to in the next two books of the trilogy?
Mia is far from perfect. I think you can see she’s made some mistakes, but what eighteen year old hasn’t? You can expect to see her stumble and learn some more. I’m sure people will get frustrated with some of her decisions, but that’s what makes her who she is.
We’d love to get to know you a little bit more since you’re a debut author, what are three things we should know about you that aren’t on your fan Facebook Page?
For the most part I am very girly and I make no apologies about it. I love all things pink, I collect cupcakes (ceramic, pictures, plates, mugs) and Care Bears.
When I was younger I was really good at math. I stopped taking courses in college and always regret it. Sometimes when I’m feeling stressed I’ll find an algebra website and do some problems. The logic clears my mind.
My favorite time of the year is the fall. I go a bit crazy for Halloween. I love all things scary except for haunted houses! I hate haunted houses. About two years ago I went to one with my mom, we didn’t realize it was the kind where people jump out at you. I spent the whole time with my head down and ears plugged. The “monsters” kept asking if I was okay. We’d hear the “Boo” followed by “Is that girl alright? Does she need to get of here?” It was very embarrassing.
Thanks to the lovely people at WIlliam Marrow and Harper Collins, we have 2 copies of The Registry to giveaway to you! Use the Rafflecopter widget below to enter!