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Hybrids Volume One: Trouble by Jennie Dorny - Book Tour

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She sought refuge on an ocean-covered planet. She didn’t learn its codes until too late. Now she must leave to survive.
Theo’s dreams of exploring distant lands are cut short when her father betrays her.
On the run, she flees to Eridan, where Washone, the spiritual leader, is expecting her. As she is about to reach this ocean-covered planet inhabited by telepaths, she is kidnapped by a bounty-hunter. Ashta, an Eridani Savalwoman, befriends Theo, rescues her, and they land together on Eridan.
While Theo trains to become a Savalwoman – a warrior – bleak memories of past hurts relentlessly disrupt her attempts to trust herself and others.  
She is unaware of her own mental powers, so when she believes that she has been betrayed once again – this time by Ashta – she nearly destroys her friend’s mind in a fit of wounded rage that blazes across the planet.
To protect Theo from those who, like ambitious Keith of Rain Forest, would like to use her powerful mind for their benefit, Washone decides that she must leave Eridan.
Can Theo convince Washone to let her stay? Or will she have to leave her new friends and go on the run again, with no place to go?


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Author Interview
1. If you could tell your younger writing self anything, what would it be?
Keep on reading, writing, experimenting and travelling, and you’ll find your way. Be determined.

2. Favorite childhood memory involving books?
Reading very late into the night, when everybody was asleep. Asking my mother why Jo didn’t marry Laurie; rediscovering old books when trying to put them into order.

3. What fantastical fictional world would you want to live in (if any) given the chance?
I would like to live in the world of Pern, and fly a dragon (Anne McCaffrey’s world).

4. Did you want to be an author when you grew up? 
Yes. I wrote poems, and stories. I still have all the stories I wrote. The most elaborate was the one I wrote when I was about ten. I remember inventing this story during a Christmas holiday at my parents’ house in Normandy. I still have the notebook where I wrote the story, which remains unfinished. It was the story of Jacques and Geneviève, a fairy tale. Jacques had to undergo several challenges in order to win Geneviève. There were other characters: Geneviève’s parents, Geneviève’s friends. At the same time, each character, Jacques and Geneviève included, represented a body part. The title of the book was L’Union des parties du corps (The Union of Body Parts). Every character was simultaneously a person and a body part. Geneviève was the right arm and Jacques the left arm. Jacques and Geneviève were the names of our closest neighbors.
Later, I mostly wrote stories during Latin classes when I was in high school, stories with lots of children. In one story there were twins who were named Dominique and Claude, two first names that in French can be used for both girls and boys. I thought it was fun that nobody could know which gender Dominique and Claude were!

5. What’s one movie you like recommending to others? 
I like all kinds of movies, so it would have to be perhaps one movie in every genre. For instance, in sci fi I love Blade Runner for its bleakness, and how disturbing it turns out to be; I’m also a Star Wars fan (I’ve seen them all, and a long time ago, even saw the first three (the middle stories) in a row from midnight to around 8am in a Parisian movie theater. I’ve seen Minority Report a few times as well as the Matrix trilogy, Mad Max, Terminator and Alien, Avatar, and Abyss.
But I also love My Beautiful Laundrette and The Last of the Mohicans, and Love Actually, and movies by Wes Anderson, and Stephen Frears, and Jane Campion, and Indian as well as Japanese movies, and many many others …  And if we go into series:  I’ve seen many, but among the most recent, I liked a lot the Danish/Swedish original version of The Bridge  – I enjoyed the play of colors in the settings: blues, greens, browns, some white, some black. The characters stayed in my mind a long time.

6. If you could own any animal as a pet, what would it be? 
I have three cats, all adopted: Mathilde, Violette and Lulu. Lulu is the youngest: I found her beside the big highway called “le périphérique” which circles Paris, on my way to work. She was tiny, and she’s still small, but indomitable!

7. How long, on average, does it take you to write a book?It depends. HYBRIDS (as a whole) took me half of my life. But I’ve written shorter books, and they take about two to three years between reflection, writing, editing. My writing takes time because I have a full-time job … I write evenings and weekends.
8. How do you select the names of your characters? Different names, different ways. I look for names that have meanings for some characters and will search books which explain the significance of names from all around the world. Then I’ll use them as they are or add a syllable here and there. Or I will create names. Characters can’t just have any name. The sounds of names are as important as how the letters put together look like. It’s a complicated process!
9. What creature do you consider your "spirit animal" to be?
Probably a dolphin.
10. If you were the last person on Earth, what would you do? I wouldn’t like it at all. I wrote a short story about a similar situation, inspired by the eerie atmosphere in the movie Picnic at Hanging Rock.
11. Do you have any advice for aspiring writers?
Write a little every day. Travel, meet people, read, learn languages.
12. What is your favorite genre to read?I read all kinds of books: novels and essay. I learn poems on my way to work (whenever my mind seems to become sluggish). Poems teach us about rhyme and the poetry of words themselves. Among novels, all sorts of novels in English, in French or in translation (literary, romance, some crime, women’s fiction, gay and lesbian, some YA, science fiction, some graphic novels), not historical, but then one of my favorite books in my twenties was Norwegian writer Sigrid Undset’s saga Kristin Lavransdatter, which takes place during the Middle Ages in Norway.
Essays: I read to learn, and it can be in various domains - nature, environment, science, philosophy, sociology, history, languages, grammar books, books about writing, publishing, editing… I am literally surrounded by books, and I read both in French and in English.

Jennie Dorny was born in 1960 in Newton, Massachusetts. She lives and works in Paris with her three cats. She is both French and American. She studied American literature and civilization, Italian and history of art at three Parisian universities. She wrote her Master’s thesis about contemporary Irish poetry after spending a year in Dublin. She loves words and languages, and she can spend hours exploring a thesaurus. Over the years, she has studied Spanish, Japanese, Hindi and sign language, and recently took up Italian again. She has published in French Gambling Nova (1999), Eridan (2002) and Les Cupidons sont tombés sur la tête (Mischievous Cupids gone Crazy, 2007). Gambling Nova and Eridan are partial, earlier versions of Hybrids; science-fiction novels that in many ways deal with the question of gender.

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