Thursday, October 22, 2015
16-Year-Old Pens Dystopian YA Novel
When homeschooled Claire Fraise was 13 years old, she founded and incorporated an animal rescue company. Over the next year-and-a-half, she saved the lives of 20 dogs that were residing in kill shelters, often within days of euthanasia, many of them in the South. She placed them first in a network of foster families she developed herself and found permanent families for all of them. It’s no surprise that just three years later, at age 16, this bright, spunky girl has written and published her first book – a 344-page, sci-fi thriller in the spirit of bestselling YA fare like The Hunger Games, Divergent and Fifth Wave.
Her debut novel, Imperfect, projects a dark world some 400 years ahead, where a tyrannical, corporation-controlled government sees fit to experiment on children and to use its lab-based enhancements to build a superior army. Summer Greenwood, the orphaned heroine living in an impoverished ghetto, seeks to save herself and siblings from dire consequences while discovering some life-shattering truths about her parents, her life, and the world she’s lived in.
“Imperfect was a challenging book to write,” says Claire. “It took many drafts and re-writes but it was the story I wanted to tell. It offers a different perspective and I hope people really enjoy reading it.”
Imperfect is sure to spark numerous conversations, including these:
· Will the United States break apart one day, destroyed by another civil war?
· What happens when corporations have the power to run a nation?
· Can anything rival the human instinct for survival and the spirit to live?
· How do you balance scientific advances with individual liberty?
· Will technology and scientific advancements always be used as weapons, as tools to kill or oppress rather than to advance the quality and quantity of life?
· How can one person rise up to make a difference?
· How do the bonds of family and strong friendships motivate one’s actions beyond any other relationship?
“Imperfect explores topics and moral dilemmas I have always been interested in,’ concludes Claire. “But above all it’s a story about characters I really love.”
The story reads like a movie and that is by design. The talented Connecticut resident is also passionate about musical theater and has been chosen to participate in the exclusive Broadway Artist Alliance summer program for the past two years. She loves playing guitar and the piano when she is not cuddling with her two rescue dogs.
Life may be imperfect, but Claire certainly is showing how one ambitious teenager can strive towards perfection.
Here is a Q & A with Claire:
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Brian Feinblum’s views, opinions, and ideas expressed in this blog are his alone and not that of his employer. You can follow him on Twitter @theprexpert and email him at email@example.com. He feels more important when discussed in the third-person. Please note: I am promoting Imperfect to the news media. This is copyrighted by BookMarketingBuzzBlog © 2015