A Single Light is the suspenseful follow up to The Line Between and picks up six months after going underground. What were some ideas you wanted to focus on in this book that were different from the first?
I really wanted to focus on this idea of staying sane in an insane time, but also—just as in the first book—really focus on the idea of hope. Because in this kind of situation—as in real life right now—hope is as crucial to our coming out of threatening situations like a pandemic as a vaccine is.
In this book we get to see a lot of raw human emotion and intense decisions. How did you put yourself in the mindset to capture the passion of your characters?
I think I missed my calling as an actor LOL. I act it out in my mind, and I’m playing all the parts! But beyond that, it’s vitally important while writing fiction to know what is motivating your characters in both the short and long term.
What were some goals you set for yourself as a writer when working on this book?
I wanted to make it as realistic as possible, and I wanted to keep readers glued to the pages.
This is the second book in your series, The Line Between. What are you writing next?
Good question! 😀 I have some historical novels in the works right now, as well as a potential new thriller.
Six months after vanishing into an underground silo with sixty others, Wynter and Chase emerge to find the area abandoned. There is no sign of Noah and the rest of the group that was supposed to greet them when they emerged—the same people Wynter was counting on to help her locate the IV antibiotics her gravely ill friend, Julie, needs in order to live.
As the clock ticks down on Julie’s life, Wynter and Chase embark on a desperate search for medicine and answers. But what they find is not a nation on the cusp of recovery thanks to the promising new vaccine Wynter herself had a hand in creating, but one decimated by disease. What happened while they were underground?
With food and water in limited supply and their own survival in question, Chase and Wynter must venture further and further from the silo. Aided by an enigmatic mute named Otto, they come face-to-face with a society radically changed by global pandemic, where communities scrabble to survive under rogue leaders and cities are war zones. As hope fades by the hour and Wynter learns the terrible truth of the last six months, she is called upon once again to help save the nation she no longer recognizes—a place so dark she’s no longer sure it can even survive.
Fast-paced and taut, A Single Light is a breathless thriller of nonstop suspense about the risks of living in a world outside the safe confines of our closely-held beliefs and the relationships and lives that inspire us.