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Interview and Giveaway: TERRA by Gretchen Powell


TERRA by Gretchen Powell

About the Book

A broken and desolate Earth. A young girl struggling to survive. A lost boy with a powerful secret.

A discovery that will change everything.

In the distant wake of a plague that has decimated the Earth’s population, humanity is split in two: The rich and powerful live in skycities that float overhead, while those who remain on the ground have gathered in settlements strewn across a dying planet. Eighteen-year-old Terra Rhodon is a terrestrial–a denizen of the barren groundworld–who makes her living as a scav. Long abandoned by her father, her caregivers gone, Terra supports herself and her younger brother, Mica, by scouring the earth for discarded scraps and metals to recycle for profit. One day, while on a routine scavenging run, she discovers something that shocks her home settlement of Genesis X-16. When the value of her discovery is revealed, Terra’s world is turned upside down.

Terra suddenly finds herself asking questions no one will answer. Her search for the truth leads her to Adam–a beguiling skydweller unlike any she has ever met. But Adam has secrets and a quest of his own, and with him by her side, the world Terra thought she knew begins to unravel. Soon her discoveries unearth a terrifying conspiracy that has the potential to shatter everything–a revelation that will test the bonds of loyalty, family, and love.


Chapters 1 & 2 are available to read online:


I am so excited that I get to ask author Gretchen Powell a few questions today…

1. Was Terra an easy book to write?

Yes and no. The timeline for TERRA was almost exactly one year, from concept to publication, which is craaaazy fast for a book, really. So on the one hand, it was easy, because once the words started flowing it was hard to get them to stop. But on the other hand, the words didn’t always flow. Sometimes I had to kind of force them out, and writing in general can be difficult, frustrating, and seemingly hopeless at times. So it really was both easy and hard — but either way, it was a true labor of love.

2. How did you come up with the title?

TERRA was actually my working title throughout the whole process, and then when it came time to pick the “real” title, I just couldn’t top it. I like the duality of it — it’s the main character’s name, but it also represents what the book is really about on one level: the Earth.

3. What books/authors have influenced your writing?

I’ve been hugely influenced by Suzanne Collins and The Hunger Games — I think that much is clear in that I took on a dystopian novel in the first place. But some of my other inspiration has come from JK Rowlings, Maggie Steifvater, and even old science fiction novels by Heinlein and the like.

4. Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?

I find that I’m much better at writing fast-paced, adrenaline-pumping action scenes than anything else, really. So those scenes would come flying out almost faster than I could type them, but the stuff in-between? Oyyyy, talk about difficult. Usually, I’d end up skipping over some of the connecting parts and just going straight to the next action scene. Then I’d come back to work on the missing parts some more later.

5. If you could meet any of your own characters, who would it be?

Oh, easily Adam. Haha, if he actually existed in real life, you can bet that Terra would have some SERIOUS competition for him and those blue, blue eyes. I love all my characters, of course, but if I could translate anyone from the book into real life, it would absolutely be him, hehe.

6. What book are you reading now?

I’m ashamed to say I haven’t had much time for reading lately (blasphemous, I know!) but I have a whole bunch on my to-read pile. First up is finishing my fellow self-published author Megan Thomason’s novel daynight and then there’s Cinder, The Adoration of Jenna Fox, and Under the Never Sky to tackle!


About the Author


Half-Chinese and the daughter of a US diplomat, Gretchen Powell spent her childhood growing up in far-off places. She made it all the way to her mid-twenties whilst maintaining her deep-seated love for young adult novels, so she decided to write one of her own.

Her creative process involves copious amounts of Sour Patch Kids and sleeping fitfully. Her many interests include anything with polka dots, Harry Potter, and playing the ukulele.
When she isn’t crafting devastated futuristic worlds and fiery heroines, Gretchen also writes a healthy living blog, entitled “Honey, I Shrunk the Gretchen!”
She lives in Northern Virginia with her two adorable miniature schnauzers. They wear many sweaters.




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