Hello! Today I have the talented T.M. Franklin hopping by with a guest post and an interview to celebrate the release of the third book in the MORE series, Twelve. As usual, we begin with a little about the book:Twelve (MORE #3) by T.M. Franklin
Published: October 9th 2014 by The Writer's Coffee Shop
Format: eARC, 204 pages
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Ava Michaels is gifted, powerful, and — whether she likes it or not — part of a plot to take over the world.
It’s only been a few months since Ava Michaels discovered she has ties to an ancient people living in the shadows of the human world, despite their superior gifts and abilities. A select few don’t like hiding, however, and think it’s time to take control.
Now Ava’s caught up in a conspiracy in the works before she was even born. In fact, her birth was an integral part of the plan. She’s one of the Twelve, the most powerful Race ever created, and they were created for a purpose.
Turns out, Ava doesn’t like being told what to do.
All she wants is to start a new life with her boyfriend, Caleb Foster, but before they can even think about that, they must join forces with former enemies, seek out some powerful new friends, and figure out what exactly the Twelve, and their power-hungry leader, are up to.
Creating the World of the MORE Trilogy
When it came to creating the world of the MORE, I had some constraints I had to deal with. After all, their world exists in our world. The idea is that the First Race, an ancient race of people with superhuman abilities, have evolved alongside us, but pretty much live in secret.
“You’ve heard the myths,” he said to the tabletop where his fingertip drew absent designs. “The Titans, the Nephilim . . . larger-than-life heroes and villains who fill up your history books. Mythology that’s not so much mythology, if the truth were to be known. We are part of that myth . . . the fairy tales come to life, so to speak.”
—MORE, Chapter 8
Now, that raises the question – if the Race is so superior to ordinary humans, why don’t they just take over? Well, there are a couple of reasons. First, their moral code is just as strong as their physical bodies, and they’re committed to helping humans in their evolution and development. However, self-preservation is also a concern. There are many more humans on Earth than there are Race, and the Race has learned over time that humans fear what they do not understand. They know that if humans learned about them, it could put them in danger.
For me, this meant the Race had to have a way both to hide, and to interact with humans without being noticed. Their settlements are protected with camouflage and illusions, and they even camouflage themselves so they don’t get any unwanted attention.
Of course, there are those who don’t think they should have to hide. They think the Race should be in charge. These Rogues have broken free of the Council’s rule and live for their own pleasure and power. They draw too much attention, however, not to mention putting humans in danger. Remember the Cyclops from mythology? Medusa? Goliath? What if they were Rogues? It’s a good thing the Council sends out Protectors to deal with such threats, isn’t it?
And then there are the Half-Breeds, the offspring from the forbidden relationship between a Race member and a human. Because they’re half-human, Half-Breeds often have no powers, but sometimes they do, and those powers are erratic and uncontrollable. It’s no wonder the Council sees them as a threat as well.
Not everyone agrees with the Council’s methods, though, which is where the Guardians come in. Their mission is to seek out these Half-Breeds and get them to safety before the Council can grab them.
In the end, creating the world of MORE was more about creating a culture and a history than a physical place. I really wanted readers to believe this world could exist. That it’s possible these extraordinary beings are out there right now – or maybe even right next door.
1. How have your writing skills progressed through this three novel series?
I’ve become much more organized throughout this series. With a three-book story arc, I really had to plan and outline thoroughly, which is kind of a pain, but has now become second nature.
2. What does the cover art for this novel represent?
The DNA strand plays an important part in Twelve. The Twelve were genetically engineered to be super-Race, and a kind of weapon. But Ava and the others must decide if their DNA will determine their destiny – or if they’ll make their own choices, regardless of the consequences.
3. Do you believe in destiny? If so what are you destined for or do you have a destiny?
I believe we make our own choices and our own destiny. I believe in free will.
4. What is it that draws you to writing about magic?
I enjoy reading these types of stories – the ones that kind of spark your imagination and have you wondering, “What if this was true?” It’s fun!
5. How has Caleb grown and changed through your novels?
In MORE, Caleb was kind of going with the flow – following orders and doing what he’d been raised and trained to do. Ava really challenged that, and he had to make a choice to follow his own conscience rather than what he’d been taught all of his life. Through the second and third books he really grows into that and becomes a stronger person. He becomes a grounding force in Ava’s life.
6. What is your favourite genre to write in and why?
I’m writing in it. I love writing YA, because often that includes first love, which is always so sweet and fun. Throw in the adventure and paranormal aspects, and I’m a happy camper. Some might call it an escape, but isn’t that what reading is anyway? Why not escape somewhere that makes you smile?
7. What project are you onto next?
I have a short story called Unscheduled Departure that’s coming out in the Frequent Flyers collection on November 1st. All of the novellas are romances with an airport/flight-theme, but they’re all really different. Some are supernatural (like mine,) some are bittersweet, some are straight romances. There’s something for everyone.
I’m also working on a full-length novel that’s a time-travel/alternate reality story. I think this one’s going to be a lot of fun.
8. The most valuable thing you learned through this series?
To follow my instincts with a story. To stay organized and always keep on writing. And to accept that not everyone is going to like what I write, and that’s okay.