Carol, what was your inspiration for writing THE LYING PLANET?
This story was born one night in 2010 as I was lying in bed trying to go to sleep, and I thought I heard a noise out in the living room. It was probably our “haunted refrigerator” as we called it at the time—that thing made more noises than a backfiring old jalopy. But even though nothing was really there, my mind started spinning scenarios about What If. I figured this could be the initial pivotal moment of a YA novel, the story about a teen lying in the darkness of his room, and hearing… something…and getting up to investigate. That decision would be the beginning of a chain of events that would change his life forever.
What scene was really hard for you to write and why, and is that the one of which you are most proud? Or is there another scene you particularly love?
The final scenes were the most difficult for me to write, because they involve the grittier subjects of death, fighting, and slightly bloody battles that I usually avoid in my novels. I don’t usually kill off my characters or wound them so much! While I feel like I accomplished what I set out to do, and that’s satisfying, I still particularly love the first barn scene with Jay, Peyton, and Leonard. Such fun! Maybe I just enjoy being zany and romantic more than I like being somber and dramatic.
How long did you work on THE LYING PLANET?
Off and on for years. I began it in 2010 as a post-apocalyptic dystopian set on Earth, entitled SAFE ZONE. I finished the rough draft in early 2011, rewrote it from third to first person, and ditched it for a while to revise my debut novel. Then it got shelved while I focused on my debut submissions and wrote BOTTLED, which became my second novel that released in July 2016. In 2015, I came back to SAFE ZONE and decided to rewrite it as a science fiction set on the planet Liberty—which turned out to be a major worldbuilding revision. After I sold it to Entangled Teen that fall, it was re-titled THE LYING PLANET.
ABOUT THE BOOK
The Lying Planet
by Carol Riggs
Promise City. That’s the colony I’ve been aiming for all my life on the planet Liberty. The only thing standing in my way? The Machine. On my eighteenth birthday, this mysterious, octopus-like device will scan my brain and Test my deeds. Good thing I’ve been focusing on being Jay Lawton, hard worker and rule follower, my whole life. Freedom is just beyond my fingertips.
Or so I thought. Two weeks before my Testing with the Machine, I’ve stumbled upon a new reality. The truth. In a single sleepless night, everything I thought I knew about the adults in our colony changes. And the only one who’s totally on my side is the clever, beautiful rebel, Peyton. Together we have to convince the others to sabotage their Testings before it’s too late.
Before the ceremonies are over and the hunting begins.
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ABOUT THE AUTHORCarol Riggs is an author of young adult fiction who lives in the beautiful green state of Oregon, USA. She enjoys reading, drawing and painting, writing conferences, walking with her husband, and enjoying music and dance of all kinds. You will usually find her in her writing cave, surrounded by her dragon collection and the characters in her head.
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