Author interview: The Jade Rebellion (The Jade Chronicles #1) By Alanna Mackenzie

The Jade Rebellion

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The Jade Rebellion bannerThe Jade Rebellion (The Jade Chronicles #1)
By Alanna Mackenzie
Genre: Science Fiction/ Fantasy
Age category: Young Adult
Release Date: 1 May, 2018

A reckoning. A rebellion. The worlds of artificial intelligence and ancient magic collide.

Crystal City glistens with diamonds, but its dazzling beauty comes at a deadly price. The capital of Khalendar thrives on a steady supply of gemstones from the neighboring Barrens, a colony of the Empire.

Walter Saltanetska translates AI code for the Khalendar government, helping to breathe life into the ambitious vision of the AI Masters. When Walter discovers a terrible secret which could destroy the life of his lover, Elaine, he decides to tell her despite strict orders to keep what he translates confidential.

What begins as a catastrophe eventually grows into a rebellion. Elaine is taken captive by the AI Masters, and Walter must do everything in his power to rescue her. He starts his quest with a single goal in mind, finding Elaine, but along the way Walter discovers that saving her is only a small part of his destiny. During his travels, he encounters a long-lost relative, a warrior matriarch, and a mystical kingdom forgotten to time. Yet Walter's true journey occurs not in physical space, but the captivating depths of his mind.

An inventive blend of dystopian science-fiction and fantasy, the Jade Rebellion explores whether we can overcome technological determinism by preserving history, nature, spirituality, and ultimately, our humanity.

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Alanna MackenzieAbout the Author:
Alanna Mackenzie lives in Vancouver, Canada. She holds degrees in History, French studies, and Law from the University of British Columbia. An environmentalist at heart, she believes in using the law as a tool for social and environmental change. When she is not pursuing that passion, she can be found brainstorming the next chapter in her novels, playing Irish fiddle tunes on the violin, and hiking West Coast trails.

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Author Interview:

What does literary success look like to you?

To me, literary success is writing a novel that I am proud of and connecting with readers on some level. If the work I publish makes even one person reflect on their lives or the world differently, inspires them in some way, or touches them on an emotional level, I would consider it a success.

How many hours a day do you write?

I have a busy day job and writing creatively is not my full-time career, so I do not write on a regular schedule. For my novel The Jade Rebellion, I tried to fit in time for writing when I could on the weekends or during holidays. For the most part, it is a struggle to find enough time to write as much as I’d like.

How long on average does it take you to write a book?

I’ve only written and published one complete novel so far, The Jade Rebellion. That novel took me about 2.5 years in total, from brainstorming the concepts behind it to finally getting the novel to print. I have a few other half-finished novels sitting around that took me years to write – perhaps I’ll invest the time into finishing and publishing them one day.

Do you believe in writer’s block?

It is definitely a problem that plagues many writers at some point or another. I think writer’s block can sometimes result from a fear of not writing that perfect bit of dialogue or plot point. Sometimes being more experimental with your writing can assist with it. Other times, I’ve found that it’s helpful to take a break from writing, and while you are absorbed in something else or simply meditating, a creative idea will strike that will break down your writer’s block.

What did you edit out of this book?

I didn’t edit that many sections out of the novel, but I definitely did a lot of shifting sections around, and trying to make passages more internally coherent and logical. For example, in one of my first drafts I had written that the sword that Walter uses while training at Tsei’watu does not cut through human skin, but later on I had Walter spearing through a fish with it. My editor rightly pointed out the inconsistency, and told me to provide some explanation for it, otherwise readers would be confused. Because world-building was such a major feature of my novel, I had to do a lot of editing to make sure that all of the aspects of the world made sense and fit together seamlessly.

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