Trisha Haddad was able to sit down and answer some interview questions about her most recent publication, Deep Green. It's her first young adult release and was published in November 2013. The book summary is below:
Leah Taylor prefers the quiet adventure and romance of books, but during a cruise with her parents, a terrorist attack leaves her adrift in a lifeboat with strangers.
Together they face danger after danger as they fight for survival. Leah also struggles with the growing attention from the men she's stranded with, and her mixed emotions toward them.
When Leah learns the dark secrets her fellow survivors hold, the truth will blow apart any semblance of civility and test Leah’s preconceived notions of just how far dedication can go before it crosses over into fanaticism.
Check out her interview below! You can purchase Deep Green from amazon.
In your story, Leah has to adapt to a new, survival environment with a bunch of strangers. What the biggest thing that helps her get through it?
This changes as the book goes on. At first, she’s painfully shy and would prefer to just fly under the radar. She has to adapt this element of her personality and work together with the “community,” the other survivors, if she wants to live. If any of them will live, in fact. Since they each bring crucial elements to their survival, their only hope is to be able to trust each other. Of course, she can’t actually trust them all, so this tosses a wrench in their situation.
If Leah could be a character in any book (since she's an avid reader), who do you think she'd choose?
Great question! She swoons over literary characters, so I think she might like to swap places with Ruth Morse from Martin Eden. She wouldn’t do things the same way as Ruth though, who lives in an ivory castle and considers Martin and his education as nothing more than a pet project. I think Leah would jump right in to the passion Martin finds in learning and reading and writing, and leave her riches in a moment to hole up in his shack and talk about philosophy.
Other than Leah, who is your favorite character in Deep Green?
It is a toss-up between Blue and Musir. Pretty much every boy I crushed on in high school were a milder version of one or the other! They were either geeky and philosophical and bookish like Blue, or quiet and awkward and smoldering like Musir.
Other than the guys, I’m interested in the unconscious red-haired woman on the lifeboat with them. The benefit of being a writer though is that I could take that interest and make her story a relevant aspect of the newly-finished sequel.
Was it a conscious decision to write this book for young adults, or did it naturally unfold that way?
I went in with the plan to make it YA. My first two books are contemporary romances, and I really wanted to write something with more adventure, and where the love could be sweet and not just constantly heading toward the physical.
What are the five young adult books you'd bring with you to a deserted island?
I think any fiction book can be a young adult book if it is appropriate for younger audiences, so I’d pick some literary fiction that is appropriate for young adults. Specifically:
1. Geraldine Brooks, Year of Wonders
2. Paul Watkins, Promise of Light
3. JRR Tolkien, The Hobbit
4. John Steinbeck, East of Eden
5. 1001 Arabian Nights… just to fill the time and since I’ve always wanted to read it, and on an island, I’d have time!
Thanks so much for taking the time to interview, Trisha! You can visit Trisha's website for news and more information on her other two books.