Publish Date: December 21, 2012
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Synopsis: When you choose your friends, you also choose your enemies.
Seventeen-year old Dee wants nothing more than to help her twin brother, Dum, break free from the trauma in their childhood and speak again, but the only person who can help Dum is the alpha empath, Danyael Sabre, whom the U.S. government considers a terrorist and traitor.
The search for Danyael will lead Dee and Dum from the sheltered protection of the Mutant Affairs Council and into the violent, gang-controlled heart of Anacostia. Ensnared by Danyael’s complicated network of friends and enemies, Dee makes her stand in a political and social war that she is ill equipped to fight. What can one human, armed only with her wits and pepper spray, do against the super-powered mutants who dominate the Genetic Revolution?
America, nevertheless, is ripe for transformation. Exhausted by decades of belligerence between humans and their genetic derivatives—the clones, in vitros, and mutants—society is on the verge of falling apart or growing up. Dee, with her sassy attitude and smart mouth, is the unwitting pebble that starts the avalanche of change. In her quest to help her brother become normal, Dee will finally learn what it means to be extraordinary.
When the Silence Ends is the Young Adult spinoff in the award-winning Double Helix series.
Author Bio: Jade Kerrion unites cutting-edge science and bioethics with fast-paced action in her award-winning Double Helix series. Perfection Unleashed and its sequels, Perfect Betrayal and Perfect Weapon, have been described as “a breakout piece of science fiction” and drawn rave reviews for their originality and vision. Her latest novel, When the Silence Ends, is a Young Adult spinoff the Double Helix series. She is also the author of Earth-Sim, a whimsical and compelling view of Earth’s history through the eyes of the two students assigned to manage our planet.
Author Interview: Q. Please tell us about your current release, When the Silence Ends.
On the one hand, When the Silence Ends is the story of an ordinary girl, Dee, facing ordinary challenges. She holds down two jobs to pay the rent, makes sure her twin brother gets to his speech therapy class, and wonders how to pay for college. Dee, however, is an ordinary girl in a world transformed by the Genetic Revolution—a world that is struggling to deal with the social and political repercussions of human derivatives: the clones, in vitros, and mutants. What chance does “ordinary” have in a world of “extraordinary” people?
Q. How did you come up with the idea for your book?
Dee and Dum were minor characters in Perfect Weapon, the third book in my award-winning Double Helix series, and I thought that their back history would lend itself to a fascinating tale. The twins lost their parents to the societal prejudice against human derivatives. Can the sibling bond survive and thrive in such a world?
Q. Can you tell us about the journey that led you to write your book?
Young Adult novels abound with extraordinary protagonists. I’m sure that in your travels through books, you’ve met the child of destiny who’s fated to end a war and unite two worlds. You’ve probably also met the quiet kid who doesn’t quite fit in, who discovers his amazing super powers and uses them to save the world. Of course, there’s the protagonist who stumbles upon a mysterious world that coexists alongside her reality, populated by sparkly vampires and handsome werewolves.
I’ve found two major themes running through most YA novels: the first, as I noted above, the extraordinary teenage protagonist, and second, the adults are frequently the enemy, ranging from indifferent parents to murderous despots. Neither of those observations particularly aligns with my observations of life.
So, when I set out to write a YA spin off my award-winning Double Helix series, featuring Dee and her twin brother, Dum, I wanted my readers to appreciate adults in more roles than that of the enemy. Some of them are, of course, but like the real world, there’s a vast spectrum of them; some adults even become Dee’s friends and mentors. More importantly though, I wanted my readers to appreciate the power of “ordinary.”
Q. If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything about the book?
No, I wouldn’t. I’ve really enjoyed telling this story.
Q. What was the hardest part of writing your book?
This book wasn’t hard. It really flowed easily and seamlessly. I’ve had other books that were more challenging to write. All in all though, I think the hardest part isn’t writing, but editing, and worse, stopping the self-editing. It’s possible to self-edit forever, but at some point, you just have to stop and turn it over to an editor for their feedback.
Q. Do you have a musical playlist you listen to when writing? If so, what kind of music?
When the Silence Ends is all about music! In fact, the novel is dedicated to my favorite composers and artists: John Williams, Nubuo Uematsu, Lea Salonga, and Westlife. Their music fills my playlist.
Q. What would you say is your most interesting writing quirk?
I write the movie I see in my mind, and unless the scene takes shape in my head, it’s hard to put it down on paper. That leads to some frustrating moments when it feels like I’m not making any traction, but when the story starts flowing, it really goes.
Q. Do you plan any subsequent books?
Well, the main Double Helix series is still two books away from completion. Dee and Dum might get another story of their own, but that remains to be seen.
Q. Please tell us your latest news.
I’m currently working on a paranormal romance called City of Eternal Night. Once I finish that, I’ll start work on the fourth novel in the Double Helix series. My plan is to release three novels in 2013.
Q. Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
I just want to say thank you. Thank you for your support, your enthusiastic reviews, and your outraged e-mails over what I did to some of my characters. Thank you for loving them. Thank you for rereading my novels. Thank you for trusting me with your time. I do promise to honor that trust and keep delivering fantastic novels that keep you reading past your bedtime.