Sunday, March 22, 2015

0 N. K. Traver, author of DUPLICITY, on fun side projects

We're delighted to have N. K. Traver here today with her debut novel DUPLICITY.

N. K. , how long did you work on DUPLICITY?

I’m not entirely sure, to be honest. When the idea for DUPLICITY struck me, I had just finished a major round of edits on what was supposed to be my “real book” – a YA fantasy I was certain I would debut with. DUPLICITY was the fun side project I was going to write just for me. I wrote two-thirds of it in a month, over the Christmas holidays (I still want to go back to my past self and yell, HOW DID YOU DO THIS?), then I went back to the “real book” for more edits. It would be 10 more months before I returned to DUPLICITY, rewrote the opening, and finished it. I then worked on revising it with my critique partners for about five months before it caught my agent’s eye. Considering the edits I did with her, and my editor, I think that’s a really long way of saying 9-10 months?

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

Writing DUPLICITY was really freeing. Because it started as a fun side project, I didn’t worry about what my family/friends might think or whether everything I was writing was perfect. I had recently finished Patrick Ness’s phenomenal CHAOS WALKING series, which had me thinking a lot about voice and how to infuse it into my own work. So I played around with that, too. I switched DUPLICITY from third person multiple to first point of view, and suddenly I had a character that sounded unlike anything I’d ever written.

Was there an AHA! moment along your road to publication where something suddenly sank in and you felt you had the key to writing a novel? What was it?

If someone finds this key, please, please let me know because I’m still looking. Each book I’ve written so far has had its own challenges, and each involved a drastically different level of planning and revision. HEY WAIT. I think I just found it! It’s a pretty brass thing and on the side it says, DON’T GIVE UP.


Duplicity by N. K. Traver
Thomas Dunne Books
Released 3/17/2015

A computer-hacking teen. The girl who wants to save him. And a rogue mirror reflection that might be the death of them both. 

In private, seventeen-year-old Brandon hacks bank accounts just for the thrill of it. In public, he looks like any other tattooed bad boy with a fast car and devil-may-care attitude. He should know: he’s worked hard to maintain that façade. With inattentive parents who move constantly from city to city, he’s learned not to get tangled up in things like friends and relationships. So he’ll just keep living like a machine, all gears and wires.

 Then two things shatter his carefully-built image: Emma, the kind, stubborn girl who insists on looking beneath the surface – and the small matter of a mirror reflection that starts moving by itself. Not only does Brandon’s reflection have a mind of its own, but it seems to be grooming him for something—washing the dye from his hair, yanking out his piercings, swapping his black shirts for … pastels. Then it tells him: it thinks it can live his life better, and it’s preparing to trade places.

 And when it pulls Brandon through the looking-glass, not only will he need all his ill-gotten hacking skills to escape, but he’s going to have to face some hard truths about who he’s become. Otherwise he’ll be stuck in a digital hell until he’s old and gray, and no one will even know he's gone. 

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As a freshman at the University of Colorado, N.K. Traver decided to pursue Information Technology because classmates said "no one could make a living" with an English degree. It wasn’t too many years later Traver realized it didn’t matter what the job paid—nothing would ever be as fulfilling as writing. Programmer by day, writer by night, it was only a matter of time before the two overlapped. Traver's debut, DUPLICITY, a cyberthriller pitched as BREAKING BAD meets THE MATRIX for teens, releases from Thomas Dunne Books on 3/17/15.

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