We would like to introduce you to the amazing, Elizabeth Fama. I had the opportunity to meet this wonderful author at the Vegas Valley Book Festival and she is awesome.
Elizabeth Fama is the author of Plus One (FSG, 2014), Monstrous Beauty (FSG, 2012), a YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults selection and Odyssey Award honor winner, and Overboard (Cricket Books, 2002), an ALA Best Books for Young Adults. She is represented by Sara Crowe of Harvey Klinger, Inc.
Elizabeth’s most recent book is Plus One. It was released on April 8th, 2014. It is a Dystopian Young Adult book with 384 pages.
It takes guts to deliberately mutilate your hand while operating a blister-pack sealing machine, but all I had going for me was guts.
Sol Le Coeur is a Smudge—a night dweller in an America rigidly divided between people who wake, live, and work during the hours of darkness and those known as Rays who live and work during daylight. Impulsive, passionate, and brave, Sol deliberately injures herself in order to gain admission to a hospital, where she plans to kidnap her newborn niece—a Ray—in order to bring the baby to visit her dying grandfather. By violating the day-night curfew, Sol is committing a serious crime, and when the kidnap attempt goes awry it starts a chain of events that will put Sol in mortal danger, uncover a government conspiracy to manipulate the Smudge population, and throw her together with D’Arcy Benoît, the Ray medical apprentice who first treats her, then helps her outrun the authorities—and with whom she is fated to fall impossibly and irrevocably in love.
Set in a vivid alternate reality and peopled with complex, deeply human characters on both sides of the day-night divide, Plus One is a brilliantly imagined drama of individual liberty and civil rights—and a compelling, rapid-fire romantic adventure story.
Lisa’s Review: I totally loved this book and the cover is gorgeous. This is a dystopian novel focusing on society being divided into two groups, Ray’s and Smudges. Ray’s can only be out and about during daylight hours and Smudges during night time hours. Each group has their curfews and serious infractions occur for violating them. Ray’s are considered the upper class.
I really enjoyed this storyline and the world building surrounding it. I also liked the political conflict which is occurring. It made me want to point the finger at the man just like Gigi would.
The characters are phenomenal. Sol, the main character, is astounding and totally relatable. Her loyalty for those she cares about is admirable. One of my favorite characters is Gigi. Gigi definitely has her flaws but within those flaws is a courageous character.
Sol’s love interest, D’Arcy, is another awesome character. He initially comes across as uptight however, throughout the book he definitely grows on you.
The romance between Sol and D’Arcy starts with a low boil and then progresses to overflow. It was sweetly portrayed.
The book was paced well and immediately captured me.
Interview With Elizabeth
1. What’s a typical working day like for you? When and where do you write? Do you set a daily writing goal?
I prefer to work in the morning, but no matter how hard I try, my writing day never seems to start until after 11 AM. I usually go jogging for six miles every morning. After breakfast, a shower, and taking care of urgent e-mails, I finally dive in to writing. I mostly work in the kitchen, because it’s my favorite room of the house. I usually don’t set a daily word count goal, except the time my son challenged me to a Novel Writing Duel, and we each had to produce 3,000 words per week. (PLUS ONE was the result of that contest.)
2. Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
Getting new material on the page each day is a challenge for me. I struggle a lot with worrying about the end product, rather than enjoying the process.
3. What are your must-have writing accessories?
I absolutely must have my laptop and some way to put my feet up, like a spare chair! (I’m kind of tiny.)
4. What inspired you to write your first book?
My very first book was actually a board book entitled WHOSE FACE IS THIS? I wrote it, illustrated it, and bound it for my daughter, who was nine months old at the time and loved board books. I never published it, but it was darned cute, if I do say so myself. (Hey, maybe I should revisit that one!)
5. In 5 words or less describe Plus One.
Day, night, segregation, star-crossed love.
6. Were any of the characters in Plus One based on people you know?
There are inevitably little bits of friends, family, and acquaintances that show up in all of my characters. But in PLUS ONE the main character’s grandfather, Poppu, was directly inspired by my beloved tennis partner, Vince, who continued to play with me for two years after his esophageal cancer diagnosis, right up until he entered hospice.
7. If you were writing a book about your life, what would the title be?
MAMA FAMA. I spend most of my time enabling my four grown kids, and collaborating creatively with them.
8. What are you working on now?
I’m working on a realistic contemporary novel with mostly boy characters on a road trip. I’m afraid to jinx it by describing it in more detail. I’m also ve-e-e-e-ry slowly doing laborious research for a novel that will be historical fiction, set in Italy in the 1500s.
9. What question have you always wanted to be asked in an interview?
I quite like the last question on your list, which no one has ever asked me before! And I’m going to totally give a Mama Fama reply to it…
10. Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
Don’t smoke, don’t text and drive, wear your bike helmet, use sunscreen! Remember that someone diapered you!
-Autographed hardcover of Plus One