Author interview: Did you like Divergent? You’ll love Reactance

Dacia M. Arnold is a Colorado-based author who’s been hard at work on an adult dystopian trilogy that takes place in post-apocalyptic Denver. The first in the series, Apparent Power, is due out in December from Immortal Works Press. It’s also Dacia’s first full-length novel!

Be sure to get on Dacia’s mailing list to be the first in line for the big launch, and you’ll also get updates on Shifting Power, the sequel planned for a fall 2019 release.

But first, the appetizer. Reactance is the thrilling novella that kicks off the DiaZem series, and the premise is positively electrifying:

When a dormant gene awakens in a quarter of the world’s population, conductors of electricity are at the mercy of the DiaZem who rule over them. After her father is killed in a thwarted plan to eradicate the population without the conductor gene, Sasha Bowman channels her bitterness toward the woman she believes is responsible: the Queen DiaZem. Keeping a journal to share with the world what really transpired, Sasha rallies the community to React against the Apparent Power.

I asked Dacia a few questions about her inspiration, how she writes, and where this is all going.

Where did you get the idea to do a series like the DiaZem trilogy?

I could not get over how many moms loved the Divergent books by Veronica Roth. When I tried to search for adult books like Divergent, I could not find any because they are all young adult books. So I developed the frame work of a high action novel with a mother as the protagonist.

When you sit down to write, do you start with a premise, or just see where the pen takes you?

With the first novel I wrote on, I “pantsed it” the whole way, meaning I wrote it from beginning to end without outlining. The sequel, Shifting Power, was a bit different. I was working within a world I had already created, so in order to maintain the story, I had to outline.

Where do you see yourself in 3 years?

In 3 years, I hope to be completely done with the DiaZem trilogy. I am really looking forward to starting a new adventure with a new story that will likely be a standalone piece—I doubt I ever write another series again. The accolades I have received from the 10K Novel Writing Challenge at Chapterbuzz gives me comfort that I am well on my way to not only meeting this goal, but also being a successful author.

Read more about Dacia in her feature article in Books & Buzz Magazine, and be sure to grab your copy of Reactance on Amazon in print and audiobook.