Saturday, February 28, 2015

0 Patrick Carman, author of QUAKE, on pushing through the hard days

What was your inspiration for writing QUAKE?

The PULSE series is a direct response to three stories I loved growing up: Star Wars, Spiderman, and Lord of the Rings. All three of those stories helped inspire PULSE, TREMOR, and QUAKE. The Force (from Star Wars) finds it's way into my story as the Pulse - the power to move things with your mind. Faith Daniels in particular deals with the primary lesson of Spiderman: with great power comes great responsibility. And the way a perilous journey changes characters is definitely from Lord of the Rings. Bilbo Baggins changes in many profound ways by the time he unloads that ring of power. Faith Daniels has a similar transformation in the PULSE series.

What do you hope readers will take away from QUAKE?

This trilogy is so much about transformation, so what I'm hoping readers get is that personal change is hard, but ultimately it's worth it. Faith, Dylan, and Hawk all have a lot of character work to do when the series begins. By the end, they've figured out what's holding them back and causing them pain. The journey they are on - not unlike the journey each of us is on - has the power to change them (and us) for the better.

What did this book teach you about writing or about yourself?

Trilogies are hard! I never think I'm going to end up a thousand pages into a story when I start. I just think about how excited I am to tell a story. It's a long and arduous commitment to write a big, sweeping story over three books. I learned during the process there are going to be great days and lousy days. Sometimes it's just a lot of work and I have to stay with it. Other days, it's a pure joy. So I guess the big thing I keep learning as I go is that if I push through the hard days, I will eventually make it to the end. Perseverance baby!


Quake by Patrick Carman
Katherine Tegen Books
Released 2/24/2015

Fans of I Am Number Four and The Maze Runner will clamor for Quake, the climactic finale to the Pulse trilogy by Patrick Carman—an epic dystopian story of love and revenge.

Faith Daniels and Dylan Gilmore have a special ability called a pulse: they can move things with their minds. They're caught in the middle of a deadly war with two other pulses: Clara and Wade Quinn, who have joined forces with Hotspur Chance, the most wanted man in the world. Outnumbered, it will take more than Faith's and Dylan's pulses to save them—it will take a miracle. 

But this isn't just about the States anymore; it is about finishing what they started. In a series of hair-raising battles, they discover an even greater strength: the power of their combined love. Together, Faith and Dylan might just be able to save the world with a quake that is big enough to change the course of history.
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Patrick CarmanPatrick Carman is the award-winning author of many books for young adults and children. He grew up in Salem, Oregon, and graduated from Willamette University. His birthday is February 27th, 1966. He spent a decade living in Portland, where he worked in advertising, game design, and technology. 

Patrick Carman writes books for young adults and children for Scholastic, Harper Collins, and Little Brown Books For Young Readers. His bestselling books and series includes The Land of Elyon, Atherton, Elliot’s Park, 39 Clues, Floors, Trackers, Thirteen Days to Midnight, Dark Eden, Pulse, 3:15, and Skeleton Creek. Mr. Carman’s books have been translated into approximately two dozen languages.

 Mr. Carman spends his free time supporting literacy campaigns and community organizations, fly fishing, playing basketball, golfing badly, doing crosswords, watching movies, dabbling in video games, reading (lots), and (more than anything else) spending time with his wife and two daughters.

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