FINAL STAND by ROSE GARCIA
YOUNG ADULT PARANORMAL ROMANCE
Dominique is still alive after killing Tavion, the Tainted who’s hunted her for lifetimes. Yet her protectors still fear for her life. They force her to flee Houston and abandon the friends she loves. But they can’t protect her from herself. When Dominique starts hearing Tavion’s voice in her head, she realizes that her personal connection to the Tainted still exists. And when her car is ambushed, she discovers another frightening truth—someone close to her is a traitor.
Desperate for answers, Dominique seeks the aid of first lifers Trent and Infiniti. With their help, she hopes to find her new enemy. But things get complicated with Trent when she finally accepts her eternal love for Farrell, and even more complicated when the whispers in her head threaten her loved ones. Determined to live, Dominique decides to make a final stand against the forces that want to end her. For good.
Describe the Transhuman Chronicles in 10 words or less for people who are just being introduced to it.
Transhumans can use their entire brain, allowing them to manipulate the energy in and around them. (I really tried to keep it at ten, but couldn’t! LOL)
Do you identify with Dominique or did you create a character that is your opposite?
I definitely identify with Dominique, and there’s a lot about her that I really love. For instance, she’s a smart girl with a close-knit family. She cares deeply about her friends. She also has real-world reactions to what’s happening to her—fear, disbelief, and then finally acceptance. I also love how she gets stronger throughout the book and rises to the occasion when push comes to shove.
Do you have any odd (writing) habits?
Not really odd, but I do have two cups of coffee, breakfast, a shower, and sometimes a quick walk before I write.
What has been the toughest criticism you have received as an author? What has been the best compliment?
I received a lot of tough criticism in my early stages of writing. And if you could read the first draft of Final Life, you’d understand! I needed a lot of work on pacing and structure. At first, the critiques I got really bummed me out. But then I got serious. If I was going to be a successful writer, I had to learn to take a hard look at my writing so that I could improve. Which leads me to the best compliment… I’ve had several readers tell me that they cried at the end of Final Life. Bringing someone to tears is definitely a WOW moment for a writer.
Share some advice for aspiring authors. What advice would you give to your younger self?
The number one piece of advice I’d give to an aspiring author is to get connected with the local writing community. You’ll learn so much about the craft of writing, about your own writing, and about the publishing industry. I got connected right away because I knew I needed help! It was the best thing I ever did!
What is your favorite line from your book?
This is easy! When I wrote this line I didn’t realize how awesome it was until I went back and started editing. This line is from Final Stand:
Damn, he was hot as shit, and for a second there I thought of kissing him, but what the hell for? He was on the other side and as good as dead to me anyway.
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