{Blog Tour} Spotlight + Guest Post + Giveaway: Sovereign by E.R. Arroyo

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Thank you to Sarah of Gliterary Girl Media for giving me the chance to join this tour! Today, I have a guest post from the author of the dystopian novel, Sovereign. And a giveaway, of course. Let's get the ball rolling!

Sovereign (Sovereign, #1)
Title: Sovereign (Sovereign #1)
Author: E.R. Arroyo
Date of Publication: October 27, 2012

Chemical warfare has obliterated most of the world, including America, and the survivors have turned into feral beasts, save one colony, Antius, the last remnant of civilization. Seventeen-year-old Cori (aka Citizen 1206) only longs for wide-open spaces and freedom. But Antius has no use for such things, just mindless drones to serve in a place with walls, fences, and laws. A lot of laws, which Cori constantly breaks. So she’s spent years plotting her escape, which is the only thing that will save her from the colony’s deranged leader, Nathan. She isn’t looking to be a hero, and she certainly isn’t looking to fall in love, but she just might do both.

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Guest Post

Thank you Dianne and the Oops I Read A Book Again readers for having me! Dianne, you asked me to discuss a little about how I came up with the concept for my novel, Sovereign. This was a really fun book to write because I got to use my imagination in ways I hadn't with other stories. In writing science fiction/dystopia, you get to bend the rules of reality a bit, which I enjoyed so much.

Sovereign was born out of a brief scene that had played out in my head, I think in a dream. If I have a dream that resonates with me in a certain way, I usually develop it into a story, trying my best to capture the way the dream made me feel.

Basically, the scene in my head featured this tough girl pulling off a big, dangerous stunt. The character felt worthy of being explored so I jotted it down as a short story. When I presented it to my writing partner for feedback, she told me she felt the idea was not a short story at all, rather a novel. And I agreed. So from there I just had to build a situation and story around this character and scene I had created. That short story became what is now the opening sequence of Sovereign.

Building the world around the basic premise was the biggest challenge, because I realized what I had come up with a dystopian YA. I was nervous about letting any of the dystopia I had read influence me. It's tricky, because I love the genre. I had certain things I wanted to do that none of the big books really did (ie. dealing with a smaller population, and closer to the actual apocalypse than other stories where the societies are much reconstructed.) The large influences--particularly just after the halfway mark in the book--were zombie movies. The idea of wide-open ruin, and--well, I don't want to get into too much detail lest I give something away!

That is essentially where the idea came from. I wish I could say it was a moment of genius, but I'm relatively sure it simply started with a dream.

Thanks so much for having me! I hope you and your readers enjoy Sovereign as much as I've enjoyed working on it. Happy reading, everybody!

About E.R. Arroyo

E.R. Arroyo is an entertainment junkie, equally passionate about books, movies, and music. In October 2012 she self-published her debut novel, Sovereign. She looks forward to the future of her career and connecting with more people in the years to come. E.R. especially hopes to publish more books, and maybe even land a traditional book deal some day (dream big!).


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  1. Thanks for hosting the Sovereign tour! Good luck in the giveaway to all your readers!

  2. My Fav YA Novel, is by far DIVERGENT!!! Well, of course I haven't read this book yet, So you never know, after I read this book it might become my new Fav! I've been wanting to read this book for a while now, So I would be SO HAPPY if I won one of these copies! :)

    Thanks for this AMAZING Giveaway!

  3. OBSIDIAN by jennifer l. armentrout...thx this INT giveaway ?


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