Friday, March 9, 2018

0 Brendan Reichs, author of GENESIS, on being inspired by bad action movies of the '80s

GENESIS is book two in the Project Nemesis series, and we're thrilled to have Brendan Reichs stop by to share more about it.

Brendan, 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 opening scene of Genesis was difficult to write, and some have found it difficult to read. But I wanted the brutality of this new world to be apparent right from the opening lines. Noah finds himself enthralled by his new environment, while Min later takes a more moralistic approach. What I enjoyed about writing this book is that both viewpoints feel defensible. Inside the Program, it’s very unclear what right and wrong mean anymore, given the lack of lasting effects. Is killing amoral if it doesn’t take? What about destruction? At what point are we more defined by what we do than what we are? These questions linger in every page of the book.

What was your inspiration for writing GENESIS?

The first inkling of the Project Nemesis series came to me while I watching Highlander, an all-time great bad action movies of the '80s. The premise is amazing, and it inspired a line of thought that led not only to Genesis, but also to the first book in the series, Nemesis. I plotted out my basic idea and quickly realized it was two books instead of one. Before the core idea I had come up for Genesis could work, I had a lot of story to tell explaining how we got there. I’ve never backed into an idea that like before, but it quickly became all-consuming. Writing these two books has bene the most fun I’ve ever had in publishing. FYI, the final story ended up being almost nothing like Highlander, but that’s always how it goes.

What are you working on now?

I’m currently working a THIRD book in the Project Nemesis series that will release in Spring 2019. No title yet, but I’m writing it as we speak! I’m also co-authoring a brand new middle-grade series with the great Ally Condie called The Darkdeep, which releases this October. It’s about a group of friends who uncover a dark secret lurking in a cove near their tiny hometown of Timbers, Washington. I like to described it as The Goonies meets Stranger Things with a touch of Stand By Me. I can’t wait to share more details about both these projects, as well as a secrecy fantasy project I'm also working on. Busy busy busy! But the best kind, so I can’t complain.


by Brendan Reichs
G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers
Released 3/6/2018

"Reichs knows exactly how to mix action, suspense, and characters into a breathless read. This is one thriller that will keep you up into the night. " Marie Lu #1 NYT bestselling author

Can the Fire Lake sophomore class survive in a world without consequences?

Noah Livingston knows he is destined to survive.

The 64 members of Fire Lake's sophomore class are trapped in a place where morals have no meaning and zero rules apply. But Noah's deaths have trained him-hardened him-to lead the strongest into the future ... whatever that may be. And at any cost.

Min Wilder knows that survival alone isn't enough.

In a violent world where brute force passes for leadership, it's tempting to lay back and let everyone else battle it out. But Min's instincts rebel against allowing others to decide who lives and who dies. She's ready to fight for what she believes in. And against whomever might stand in her way.

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Brendan Reichs was born and raised in Charlotte, North Carolina. He graduated from Wake Forest University in 2000 and The George Washington University School of Law in 2006. After three long years working as a litigation attorney, he abandoned the trade to write full time. He lives in Charlotte with his wife, son, daughter, and a herd of animals that tear up everything.


Have you had a chance to read GENESIS yet? Have you written a scene that was difficult for others to read? Have you had an idea for a book that ended up being the second book in a series? Share your thoughts about the interview in the comments!

Happy Reading,

Jocelyn, Halli, Martina, Anisaa, Charlotte, Erin, Susan, Shelly, Kelly, Laura, Emily, and Lori Ann

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