I am so excited to share my interview with author, Kristen Hogrefe. She’s an exciting new author of young adult fiction in the dystopian genre. I read and enjoyed the first book in the Rogues trilogy. The second book, The Revolutionary, is now available for pre-order. It is on my to-be-read list and I’m looking forward to it.
Kristen, tell us a little about yourself—
Thanks for the invitation to share! About me … I’m a Florida girl who says yes to most adventures involving sunshine and believes the best way to start the day is with Jesus and coffee. Though I’ve been writing since middle school, I started my publishing journey after graduating from college and primarily write young adult fiction, as well as enjoy blogging. I’m also blessed to teach English for Alpha Omega Academy, an online, accredited Christian school.
Who has most influenced your writing? What books have had a strong influence on you or your writing?
There have been so many people who have shaped my writing career that choosing one is hard. I would have to say my parents, because through all my highs and lows, they have been encouraging and supporting of my endeavors. Books like William Danforth’s I Dare You challenge me to never quit, and Debra Dixon’s GMC: Goal, Motivation & Conflict revolutionized how I plan my novels.
Do you have any interesting writing rituals?
Ritual might not be the right word, because this habit might just be nerdy, but I track my weekly word count goal in Excel and get ridiculously excited to measure my progress.
What is The Revolutionary about?
This book picks up where The Revisionary left off, and Portia finds her world turned upside down. She’s not a hero but a prisoner in a satellite slave camp, and the Brotherhood seems to have forgotten about her and her protector Gath. An underground smuggler provides an unlikely escape, but her rescue comes with strings attached. Now, she must forfeit her identity and spy for this strange underlord.
She learns that her enemies want the ruling Dome to approve mass satellite executions, though no one knows why. Worse, they’re using her friend Luther, now a Court Citizen intern, to sign the short-term orders. She wants to confide in Luther, but can she still trust him with the company he keeps?
Plagued by shadows and guilt for leaving Gath behind on the satellite, Portia must find a way, not only to rescue him and the other prisoners, but also to destroy the slave camps once and for all.
What is your favorite part of the book?
My favorite part of the book is part of the subplot that involves Portia uncovering Gath’s true story despite all its ugliness. His redemptive character arc holds a surprise or two I think readers will enjoy!
Is there a message in your novel you hope readers will grasp?
The novel develops several themes, including the source of one’s true identity, dealing with the struggle of guilt, overcoming the crippling effects of fear, and discovering the power of second chances. I hope readers will be inspired through the story to find hope if they’re facing difficult circumstances.
Where can readers find you online?
I blog at KristenHogrefe.com where I challenge young adults and the young at heart to think truthfully and live daringly. You can also connect with me on these social media sites:
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/kristenhogrefe.author/
- Twitter: https://twitter.com/kjhogrefe
- Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4774818.Kristen_Hogrefe
- Amazon: http://amzn.to/2xh2cYF
Tell us about your future projects—
I’m currently writing the final book in The Rogues trilogy. In it, I’ll introduce the long-concealed international scene in Portia’s dystopian world, which may determine the fate of her own. Stay tuned for more details coming later this year!
Three months a satellite prisoner, Portia wonders if the Brotherhood has left her to die—until she plunges into the domain of a smuggler contacted by her brother. But her rescue comes with a price tag, and now, she must forfeit her identity to act as a spy. She learns that her enemies want the Dome to approve mass satellite executions, though no one knows why. Worse, they’re using her friend Luther, now a Court Citizen intern, to sign the short-term orders. She wants to confide in Luther, but can she still trust him with the company he keeps?
Plagued by shadows and guilt for leaving her protector Gath behind on the satellite, Portia must find a way, not only to rescue him and the other prisoners, but also to destroy the slave camps once and for all.
Kristen Hogrefe is a Florida girl who says yes to most adventures involving sunshine and prefers to start her day with Jesus and instant coffee. She is a multi-published novelist of young adult fiction, including The Rogues trilogy (Write Integrity Press) and Wings of the Dawn trilogy. A life-long learner, she also has a heart for teaching and speaking in academic settings and professional conferences.
You can find her blogging at KristenHogrefe.com where she challenges young adults and the young at heart to think truthfully and live daringly.