Welcome to this week’s Friday Author Spotlight! Today I have Tricia Copeland with her YA novella, Lovelock Ones: Native One. This novella is part of The Butterfly Box anthology benefiting Doctors Without Borders.
Tricia Copeland grew up in Georgia and now lives in Colorado with her family. Her books include the new adult Being Me series, Is This Me?, If I Could Fly, Thinking You Know Me, and the final installment, Being Me, as well as a YA paranormal novella, Drops of Sunshine. If she’s not on a trail, you can find Tricia at www.triciacopeland.com or on your favorite social media.
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The Butterfly Box LOVELOCK ONES: Native One– a Lovelock series novella
Despite unparalleled global warming and mandatory genetic typing, Jema and Troy’s high school experience in Port Orford, Oregon seems decent enough. But as a second worldwide flu epidemic threatens, their parents send them to a remote Nevada community. At Lovelock, an ancient cave transformed into a base camp, they realize Jema’s sister has contracted the virus. Jema and Troy must decide whether to risk exposing the group to save Nave. Will they jeopardize many for one?
LOVELOCK ONES: Bred One (Coming January 2018)
Troy doesn’t especially care for Commander Butler or Lovelock but being assigned to the supply team with Jema made it tolerable. When Jema is kidnapped during a routine pick up, she learns just how high the stakes are for Troy and herself. An elaborate plan for disseminating a cure for the deadly AALC puts them in harm’s way again. Allegiances aren’t what they appear and Jema and Troy must choose who to trust.
Keep reading for an interview with Jema from Lovelock Ones: Native One:
Where were you born, and what was it like growing up there?
I was born in Port Orford, Oregon in the year 2060. My family and I have lived in Port Orford all my live. We live on a Naval Base because my dad is a lieutenant on a cruiser. Even with the world’s population decimated by an AAL virus, we face worldwide food scarcity due to global warming. Our family is fortunate to be supported by the military.
Do you have a close relationship with your family?
Our house is quite small with only two bedrooms so my sister, Nave, and I share a room. She can be annoying sometimes and teases me about wearing makeup. I’m nearly sixteen and she’s seven. We share a bed too so it’s hard to get much privacy. We are close with our mother because Dad has to be gone for long periods of time.
What is the happiest memory from your childhood?
My favorite vacation was when we rented a beach house with my Uncle Owen for a week. We fished and found starfish in the tidal pools. It was amazing!
Who was your best friend growing up?
My best friend growing up was Ava. We’d known each other since grade school. She’s a cheerleader and really social unlike me. I prefer to keep a low profile.
Who do you become closest with in the story?
Even though we seem like complete opposites, Troy and I develop an interesting relationship.
Who do you most admire in your world? Why?
I admire my dad. He risked everything to make sure his family was safe.
Tell us a little about your world, and where you fit in?
It is 2076 and I am nearly sixteen. Two weeks before my sophomore year of high school me, my sister, and mom, have to leave our home to go to secluded camp in Nevada to try and escape a flu outbreak. My dad was supposed to drive us to the camp but had to cover our tracks and return back to base. Troy, a guy from my high school, and I must drive the group of twenty three women and children from California to Nevada.
What is your greatest fear? How will you overcome it?
My greatest fear is losing my family and ending up alone. Since my dad trained me to survive in harsh conditions, I will use all my resources to keep myself, sister, and mom safe.
Who has been the greatest influence in your life? Why?
My dad and Uncle Owen have had the greatest influence on me. They trained me to be self sufficient and I am grateful for that.
Do you have any hobbies? What are they?
I am a dancer and practice ballet for six to eight hours a day over summer break. I love being on stage dancing. Even though you are in front of a huge audience the lights and music make you feel like you’re in a different world with the other dancers.
Have you ever been in love?
Most of the boys at my school act really stupid. The military guys are so into being in shape and all muscled up and showing off for girls. The townies, or kids from town, get all these weird alterations. I don’t get them either. I think maybe I’m an old person stuck in a young person’s body, like an old soul maybe. So no, I’ve never been in love.
What is your favorite food?
My favorite food is my mom’s homemade noodles. She makes them in an Asian flavored chicken broth with greens like spinach. It is wonderful on a rainy day.
What do you own that was hardest to part with?
I didn’t even have time to think about what I left behind at home when we fled. Probably a picture of my family at the beach house.
What was the most exciting adventure you’ve ever been on?
Before going to the camp in Nevada it was camping for a week in Montana with my dad and uncle. We took horses and lived off the land. I was twelve and thought it was the best trip ever.
If you had one day left to live, what would you do with your last day?
I would make a big dinner with my family and all my friends and sit and watch the sun and talk with them till the sun set.