Find out what debut author Veronica Rossi’s favourite novels were as a teen, what influenced the plot of Under the Never Sky, and which character can she identify with.
What were some of your favourite novels when you were a teen?
I loved reading fantasy as a teen. I read all of Tolkien and I was also into Arthurian stories. Mary Stewart’s A CRYSTAL CAVE was a favorite, and I loved Robin McKinley’s books, too. After that, I went through a Stephen King phase. I wish there had been a YA section in bookstores then!
You weave action, adventure, sci-fi, and romance throughout Under the Never Sky, what influenced the creation of the plot?
I love stories that have balance all the elements you mention above. When I wrote Under the Never Sky, I wanted to tell an exciting story, but I also wanted it to have deeper layers of meaning. And who doesn’t love a good romance? One of my goals in writing the story was to pit a girl of the future against a boy of the past. I knew I didn’t want to write a time-travel, though, so setting it in a future in which society has split into two distinct groups was the answer I came up with. I was able to have an advanced society exist alongside a society that has reverse-evolved.
Which Under the Never Sky character can you personally identify with?
There are bits and pieces of me in all the characters, to be totally honest. But if I had to give one character, I think it would be Marron. He loves the arts, he has diverse interests, and he’s accepting of all kinds of people, which I really strive to be.
Describe the realm you would use if you had a Smarteye.
This answer actually would change, day to day. Right now, it’s cold and gray outside, so I’d probably go to a tropical Realm… something with an endless stretch of beach. That said, I’d really love to step into a Realm version of Van Gogh’s Starry Night. Can you imagine how amazing that would be?
There’s a balance of writing in both Aria’s and Perry’s point of views. Was that difficult balancing the two very distinct personalities?
This is an interesting question. It was tougher at first, but I’ve been writing them so long now that it’s fairly easy. The funny thing is that as different as they are, they also have very deep-seeded similarities. It’s a blast writing them.
Technology plays a huge part in your novels. Which Reverie technology do you wish could be real and why?
In Reverie, they’ve pretty much come up with cures for every disease. There’s no cancer, no arthritis, epilepsy, diabetes… Nothing. I think far more than a single technology; this is what I’d love to see. We all know people who suffer from health issues. Can you imagine a world free of pain? A world in which every single person gets to live well past a hundred years of age? I really would love to see that.
How many more books are you planning for the series?
There will be three books in the series. I’m hard at work on Book Two right now, and really having fun with it! Thanks so much for having me!