Brendan, tell us about your inspiration for writing TERMINAL?
Throughout the series, the Virals have faced the risk of exposure by outside forces, but I wanted that to become real in TERMINAL. As you can see from the book cover, for the first time the gang is in true danger of what they fear most: dangerous people discovering their secret. We knew that this would be the concluding volume of the series, so we wanted the stakes to be much higher, and we definitely accomplished that in TERMINAL. Plus, with the cliffhanger we left at the end of EXPOSURE, we knew our fans needed answers right away. TERMINAL starts from that pivotal point and never slows down.
What's your writing ritual like? Do you listen to music? Work at home or at a coffee shop or the library, etc?
I have two young kids, so I write at home, holed up in my upstairs office, TV tuned to soccer for background noise, hiding from the world and ignoring the chaos below. I used to write most of these books in the dead of night, but that doesn’t work so well for me now. To be productive, my only true requirement is a large block of time. I don’t like cramming a writing session into a short period of time, or working in other locations. Coffee shop writers baffle and amaze me. I‘d just drink coffee the whole time. Also, I nap. Frequently.
What advice would you most like to pass along to other writers?
Write. Write write write. Writing is more skill than art, and practice will get you closer to perfect. Nothing is ever "totally ready" before you begin, so you might as well get started. You have to write to be a writer. It usually isn’t magic, just hard work.
What are you working on now?
I am currently working on a new solo YA series that I hope to have ready by this summer. Fingers crossed!
ABOUT THE BOOKTerminal by Kathy Reichs and Brendan Reichs Hardcover
The gripping finale to Kathy and Brendan Reichs’ New York Times bestselling VIRALS series The Virals are back—but they’re not the only pack in town anymore. Terminal finds Tory Brennan and the rest of the Morris Island gang tracking a pack of rogue Virals who call themselves the Trinity. The new pack was infected by a strain of supervirus created by Tory’s nemesis and sometimes-crush, Chance Clayborne, who accidentally infected himself, too. These red-eyed Virals have openly challenged Tory’s pack for domination of Charleston, and they’ll stop at nothing to bring their rivals down—even if that means giving them up to a shadowy government agency intent on learning the secret to the Virals’ powers. Surviving it all is going to test the limits of the gang’s abilities. In the riveting conclusion to the Virals series, Tory and the others are nearing an impossible choice—and the ultimate showdown.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Brendan Reichs is the co-author of the New York Times bestselling Virals series with Kathy Reichs. The fifth installment, TERMINAL, is now available. He is also on the Executive Board of both the YALLFest and YALLWest young adult literary festivals. He is also currently working on a top secret solo YA project that he hopes to reveal more about soon. You can learn more about him here.