by L.S. O’Dea
GENRE: YA, Dystopian Fantasy
A rebellion is brewing in the world of the Lake of Sins while Hugh Truent sits in prison days away from his execution.
After taking his findings about the genetic similarities between the classes to the Supreme Almighty and the Council, Hugh had been arrested for treason and all his evidence had vanished as if made from smoke.
To protect his family, he cut off all contact with the outside world while he sat in prison for over four years waiting for his execution. He has no idea that some of his reports were leaked to the other classes and that civil war looms on the horizon.
Trinity and her friends have no hope of winning the war unless they can unite the classes. In order to do that, they need someone everyone will follow. They need the one person all the classes trust and believe in. They need Hugh.
That means they have to break him out of a maximum security prison and convince him to lead their army, but that won’t be easy because Hugh wants revenge and he’s not going to let anything get in his way especially mouthy, attractive, know-it-all Trinity.
Trinity didn’t reply, but her back was straighter than before. He was getting on her nerves. Good because she sure got on his. She was nothing but trouble, an attractive know-it-all who refused to listen to anyone. His hand met the end of the rope. It was still a long way to the ground.
Jackson waited alongside the building with Tim. They were both flat against the wall, trying not to be seen.
“Drop. You’ll be fine.” Her voice was soft, no longer acidic and mocking.
He couldn’t deal with her being kind to him. They’d done so well bickering. The trip had been fast and he hadn’t thought much about the danger. “I’m an Almighty. My kind doesn’t always land on their feet.”
“Let go,” she said, a hint of anger in her voice.
“I will.” His hands tightened on the rope. A fall like this could break something.
“Now,” she snapped. “Or I’ll kick you in the face and say a prayer that you land on your head.”
Her foot waved above his head. He wouldn’t put it past her to do what she threatened. She’d probably enjoy it. He closed his eyes, took a deep breath, pushed back with his feet and let go. He was free. It was glorious. No chains. No cell. Just the air and the sky and…the ground. He hit hard, his legs taking the brunt of the fall. He rolled onto his back as Jackson’s hand grabbed his and pulled him to his feet. He touched his face, the impact of his landing still rattled through his teeth. Trinity dropped gracefully next to him. He hated House Servants, every last one of them.
Where are you from? Tell us a little about yourself!
I was born and raised in Cedar Lake, Indiana. I moved to Muncie, Indiana for college. I went to Ball State University (what a name for a college – right?) for about two years and then moved to Central Florida, where I still live today.
I’m the youngest of seven and I grew up in a small rural neighborhood. It was great. In the summer we’d get up in the morning and leave (if you didn’t get out fast, Mom would give you chores), often not returning until dark. It was a safe neighborhood and a fantastic time to be a kid.
The town was small and that was great for many of my siblings but it bothered me. I didn’t mind that it was small so much as that everyone judged me on the actions of my older siblings (let me tell you that we all turned out good but there were some issues while we were growing up). I hated being judged on something other than my own actions, so I moved as soon as I could and never looked back.
I don’t regret leaving but now, when people say, “she’s an O’Dea” there’s a hint of comfort behind the words. Being an O’Dea in Cedar Lake Indiana, now means that you’ll be treated fairly. Like I said, my siblings all turned out okay.
Tell us about your book? How did it get started?
The idea for this series has been floating around in my head for years. When I signed up for an online writing course (I needed a refresher after 20+ years of only writing emails), I had to decide which idea to focus on. This one won and the Lake of Sins was born.
It’s changed a lot since it left my head. The young, male main character became Trinity—a young, female human-animal hybrid. His younger sister disappeared. The security guard and his dog who originally find the young boy and help him, became Gaar and Mirra which are not really human at all. Gaar’s kind of a human-gorilla hybrid (you may have to throw in a few other critters too) and Mirra is a human-wolf/large cat hybrid (to name a few).
The genetically modified characters didn’t exist in my head all those years ago. It was like as soon as I opened the door, all the creatures that could darted out onto the page.
How do you create your characters?
Many of my secondary characters begin as a necessity. For example, the River Man Trinity calls Christian, was created because I needed something scary in the forest. Then, he took on a life of his own. He ended up being such a popular character that he got his own book – Conguise Chronicles: Rise of the River Man.
Other characters, like Trinity, Gaar, Mirra and Hugh, are created as dialogue first. I know my characters’ voices before I know what they look like. Their looks aren’t important to me. The things that are important for me are their fears, desires, ambitions, etc. These are the things that shape the story.
Where do you write? Is there something you need in order to write (music, drinks?)
I can write anywhere. I take my laptop and write while I’m getting an oil change, waiting at the doctor’s office, or even at the hairdresser’s. I jot down notes and dialogue while driving, walking around my yard and even when I’m sitting and watching television.
I do have a “writing” space and it’s in the living room. I have a desk – very messy—and my laptop – very organized.
How do you get your ideas for writing?
I question everything. I always have. That leads to a lot of ideas for stories. For example: I saw all the energy my little niece and nephew had and I thought in passing – “Oh, what I wouldn’t do for some of that energy.”. That made me think. If we could harvest that energy, store it for later, but then my mind twists. If someone did harvest that energy the rich would want it (heck, we all would, but the rich would get it). And what if it became mandatory that all kids would have to report to the clinic and have their energy drained. Not such a good idea after all, but it could be a great story.
Anything else you’d like to share?
You can get the first two books in the Lake of Sins series for free.
Book Two: Secrets in Blood is free if you sign up for my newsletter.
- LS. O’Dea grew up the youngest of seven in a family that uses teasing and tricks as an indication of love (or at least that’s what she tells herself). Being five years younger than her closest sibling often made her the unwilling entertainment for her brothers and sisters.
Before she started kindergarten her brothers taught her how to spell her first and middle name—Linda Sue. She was so proud she ran into the kitchen to tell her mother. She stood tall and recited the letters of her name: L-E-M-O-N H-E-A-D.
She’s pretty sure she has her siblings to thank for the demons that lurk in her mind, whispering dark and demented stories.
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