Today we get the chance to meet Melanie, an orphan raised by family friends during a time on earth where humanity has to fight to survive. In this interview, author Donna Burgess talks with Melanie about survival.
I’m Donna Burgess and I want to welcome Melanie from my new novel Solstice. We’re going to learn a little bit about survival in a post-apocalyptic world.
DB: Hi, Melanie. Tell me a little about yourself.
M: Before the world ended, I was a university student, majoring in Psychology. My parents died in an accident when I was seventeen years-old and I ended up living with my father’s best friend and his family.
DB: How did that work out?
M: It was rocky to say the least. Tomas, my father’s friend was (and is) wonderful. I’ve always loved Tomas. His wife, on the other hand, was a queen bitch.
DB: Discuss your situation in Solstice for the readers. What is the post-apocalyptic world of the novel like?
M: Dark! Imagine living in a world without sunlight. It’s terrible to never feel the sun on your face. Even worse are Ragers, who make life incredibly difficult.
M: If you’ve seen zombies, you have a pretty good idea of what a Rager is. Except Ragers have retained some degree of consciousness. They can talk. They remember where home is. They’re fairly cunning. And they’re quick!
DB: How has trying to survive the end of the world changed you?
M: Obviously, a girl as to change her priorities. Things like electricity and warmth are luxuries. Staying alive is all that matters. I’ve learned to use a gun—something I would have never imagined. I’ve seen some terrible, terrible things, but I’ve gotten through them. I’m a much stronger person than I realized.
DB: Is there any more to your story?
M: Maybe. I guess it depends on the readers and if they want to see more or Melanie and Tomas and the Ragers.
What a great interview Donna and Melanie. Thanks so much for sharing. Read on to learn a little more about the story.
By Donna Burgess
On the eve of winter Solstice, a massive flash envelopes the Earth and then there is nothing. The sun no longer shines and civilization is plunged into unending darkness. Those exposed to the mysterious flash have changed—they have become bloodthirsty, cunning, and determined to devour anyone who is not infected. They are Ragers.
In Sweden, a group of uneasy travelers hears a broken broadcast. There is hope. Something called Sanctuary waits, but it is thousands of miles away, somewhere on the shores of the British Isles.
Meanwhile, in a London supermarket, a high school English teacher from the States finds himself stranded along with a handful of students on a senior trip. Outside, hoards of hungry Ragers await, ready to tear them limb from limb. Their only hope is to find Sanctuary.
Solstice is a tale of hope, terror, survival, and finding love at the end of the World.
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Donna Burgess lives with her husband, daughter, son, many cats and one goofy Golden Retriever in Pawleys Island, South Carolina. When she is not writing, she can be found on her longboard, behind a good book or on the soccer field. She is the president of E-Volve Books. She holds a B.A. in English and a B.A. in Journalism and is currently pursuing her M.F.A. in Creative Writing.
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