Today the lovely L. A. Weatherly is hopping by to celebrate the release of her novel, Broken Sky. She’s going to answer a few questions, but first, a little about the book:Broken Sky (The Broken Trilogy #1) by L A Weatherly
Published: March 1st 2016 by HarperCollins
Format: Paperback, 500 pages
Genres: Dystopian, Post Apocalyptic
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Welcome to a ‘perfect’ world.
Where war is illegal, where harmony rules.
And where your date of birth marks your destiny.
But nothing is perfect.
And in a world this broken, who can Amity trust?
Hi, welcome to Speculating on SpecFic! Congratulations on the publication of Broken Sky, the first novel in The Broken Trilogy.
I really appreciate you taking the time to answer some questions of mine. Let’s jump straight in shall we?
Sounds good! *flexes typing fingers in preparation*
1. This story world is amazing! I loved the concept of World for Peace. Where did this idea originate?
Oh, thank you! Well, the basic idea – a society where disputes between nations are resolved by two fighter pilots going up against each other – was the kernel that came first. Then I had to think through the practicalities. How would this actually work? I realised that there’d need to be a neutral governing body, and so the World for Peace was born!
2. Do you use authentic 1940s slang in the book? I loved “telio”. I had a little giggle every time I read it.
Yes, some of the slang was authentic – ‘dish’ for attractive woman, ‘louse’ and ‘heel’ for ‘jerk’ (as in someone who’s a jerk!), and so on. ‘Telio’ is made up, though: it’s a combination of a radio and a television.
3. Your descriptions of flying were superb! How much research did you have to do?
Thanks! And oh, man, I did SO much research. I’m not a pilot myself, and flying a Spitfire (which is what the fictional Firedoves were based on) is quite a specialised skill now anyway. I read lots of WWII memoirs by Spitfire pilots, spoke to experts, and was even lucky enough to fly in a Spitfire (and yes, we did barrel rolls, etc!).
4. Do you believe in astrology? How did the idea of using astrology as a means of controlling a populous come into being?
My mother and sister were both very into astrology, so I was kind of raised with it. (Example of normal conversation growing up: “What sign is he?” “Scorpio.” “Oh, that explains it.”) I definitely don’t believe that your birth chart determines your future destiny, as in the world of the story, but I do think that the personality types can be weirdly spot-on at times. For anyone familiar with astrology, you’ll notice that the characters’ birth chart details all feel accurate for their personalities.
The idea of using astrology as a means of controlling a population came from Hitler’s supposed interest in the occult (which I don’t think has ever been proven, but is a fascinating rumour).
5. Did your writing process for Broken Sky differ from that of the Angel series?
No, not really. I basically take lots and lots of notes to begin with – start to get a feel for the characters and the storyline – and then plunge in. And then spend several months panicking and flailing and drinking lots of coffee until somehow this vaguely book-like thing appears. Then I edit it into something hopefully not-terrible (still panicking, flailing, guzzling coffee, etc). Even now, I stare in amazement whenever a finished book arrives. Um, HOW?
Thanks for the great questions!
Thanks again to Lee for making the time, and the wonderful folk at HarperCollins YA for organising this. 🙂