on September 2nd 2014
Genres: Horror, Zombies
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Also by this author: The First Days, Fighting to Survive, Siege
It is silence, not screams of terror, which proclaims the end of the world
Minji Nordim is vacationing in Las Vegas with her small family when she witnesses the beginning of a terrifying apocalypse. When humanity is transformed into mindless drones by a terrifying supernatural event only Minji appears to be immune.
Thousands die instantly, but the other affected people are drawn to the Nevada desert. Nothing stands in the way of the mesmerized. Not fire, not heights, not rubble. As the bodies pile in the streets and the relentless wave of the mesmerized plods into the deadly desert, Minji is trapped in a burning city attempting to rescue her family.
When Minji encounters other unaffected survivors, they band together to survive in a city that is crumbling all around them. With no hope of rescue and the event slowly spreading across the world, Minji and the others must decide who to save among the mesmerized and where to go before the city is in ashes.
Even more unsettling is that Minji senses that the force behind the event is observing them
Can one woman save her family and the world?
I’m a huge fan of Rhiannon Frater’s books and I’m happy to have her on the blog today discussing her unusual heroine in her latest release The Mesmerized! The book is available now and is only $2.99 on Kindle up through December 19th!
An Unusual Heroine by Rhiannon Frater
I’m well known for my strong female protagonists in my books. I love a well-rounded female character with strengths and flaws who overcomes obstacles while becoming a better version of herself. Therefore, it shouldn’t be a surprise that I love writing about them. Every time I sit down to write a story, I’m excited to go on an adventure with a new characters and learn all about them.
My characters tend to show up, fully formed, and ready to tell their story. I don’t have to consciously construct them. My muse (aka subconscious) does it for me. Since I don’t base my characters on myself, it’s like meeting someone new. Their personality, quirks, flaws, strengths, and weaknesses are aspects I enjoy discovering as I write. Sometimes they’re so different from me, I have to do a lot of research to make sure I accurately portray the character.
In The Mesmerized, Minji Nordim is a Texan of Korean-Irish descent, a tattoo artist from Austin, and firmly counter-culture in her appearance. None of those aspects of her character were daunting, but her status as a parent gave me pause. She’s a wife and a mother to two small girls. Since I’m not a mother (but a kickass aunt), I immediately faced a whole new challenge.
I’ve written about mothers before, but never had one of my characters dealing with motherhood in the midst of an apocalypse. The closest is Jenni from The First Days (As The World Dies Book 1), but she has lost her children in the beginning of that book. Minji’s situation is very different because she has two living daughters with her and must fight to keep them alive against all odds. Because her husband is also caught in the supernatural event as one of the mesmerized, Minji is on her own in taking care of both her husband and children.
One of the things I’ve learned over time is to listen to my characters. I let Minji lead me through her desperate situation. The level of anxiety she felt while attempting to save her children was pretty intense, and it added a whole new dimension to the story. I swiftly realized that her priorities would be quite different from mine in the same circumstances. I’m married, but I don’t have children. My priority would be to save my husband. Minji has to deal with not only her husband being caught in the event and trying to save him, but also has to ensure the safety of her baby and five-year-old daughters. In fact, Minji’s children heighten the tension of the situation because she is their only hope of survival.
When I sent off the completed manuscript to my beta readers and to my editor at Permuted Press, I worried about whether or not I’d captured the intensity of Minji fight to keep her family alive. Did I accurately portray her motherhood? When the responses from my beta readers and editor were a resounding yes, I was relieved. When the book was released, within a day I heard from a fan who told me this book was extra-special to her because Minji is a mother. The reader could completely sympathize with her, and it made the story that much more terrifying.
Sometimes my characters take me on a journey that I learn from, and Minji definitely taught me that sometimes the toughest woman is the one with children to protect.
Be sure to check out the rest of The Mesmerized blog tour for more interviews, guest posts and reviews!
The Mesmerized Tour Schedule
Tuesday, December 02, 2014 — Mom With A Kindle
Tuesday, December 02, 2014 — Team Tynga’s Reviews
Wednesday, December 03, 2014 — Addicted2Heroines
Thursday, December 04, 2014 — Horror Tree
Friday, December 05, 2014 — Hell Notes
Monday, December 08, 2014 — Christy’s Love of Books
Tuesday, December 09, 2014 — Lowcountrybooklover
Wednesday, December 10, 2014 — Cabin Goddess
Thursday, December 11, 2014 — For the Love of Words
Friday, December 12, 2014 — Contagious Reads
Monday, December 15, 2014 — Offbeat Vagabond
Monday, December 15, 2014 — Rainy Day Ramblings
Tuesday, December 16, 2014 — Jess resides here
Wednesday, December 17, 2014 — Stuart Conover’s Author Page
Wednesday, December 17, 2014 — Chapter by Chapter
Thursday, December 18, 2014 — Ja čitam; a ti?
Thursday, December 18, 2014 — Curling Up With A Good Book
Friday, December 19, 2014 — Buy Zombie
Friday, December 19, 2014 — In Libris Veritas
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