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August 14, 2017

Blog Tour: Infusion by Alyssa Thiessen – Interview and Giveaway

 

Hello readers!  Welcome to our Tour Stop for

Infusion by Alyssa Thiessen!

We are so excited to have Alyssa on the blog for a quick Q&A!

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and be sure to enter the giveaway found at the end of the post!

 

 

Rachel is ordinary. Average. Utterly unremarkable… until her best friend shoots her on her 16th birthday and a stranger brings her from death’s doorstep with an infusion of his own DNA.

Then everything gets weird.

She heals impossibly fast. She senses the thoughts of others. She sees places and horrifying creatures that couldn’t possibly exist, and her new friend Tyler is convinced she’s destined to save the world from their invasion.

Can she trust him? Can she trust herself? How’s she supposed to stop inter-dimensional invaders when she can barely deal with high school?

Ready or not, here they come.

Infusion by Alyssa Thiessen
Publication Date: November 13, 2016
Publisher: Peasantry Press

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Thanks so much for taking the time and spending time with us here at Chapter by Chapter!
Thank you for having me! I’m so excited to have the opportunity to chat with you and to share about my new release, Infusion.

Describe your book in 140 characters or less (like a Tweet)
When Rachel gets an infusion of strange power, she discovers creatures set on devouring humanity. What’s worse? She’s supposed to stop them.

What was your inspiration for writing this book?  Was it in a dream? A thought while taking a walk?
The idea for Infusion came to me in pieces. I’ve always been drawn to stories about outcasts and outsiders finding their value. As a teen and then a young adult, I was a huge fan of Joss Whedon’s Buffy the Vampire Slayer series. There was a strong female protagonist, a healthy dose of both action and romance, and what I always felt were powerful underpinnings of metaphor within her supernatural battles. In university, I developed a love for Shakespeare’s Hamlet, who tells his best—and maybe only —friend, “There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy.” I loved the idea that we may think we know the world around us, but there is in fact more than meets the eye. Later, teaching high school, I was struck by the notion that a lot of people—adults and teenagers alike—feel like outsiders or outcasts in one way or another: maybe they don’t feel like they fit with their peers, maybe their home life is rough, maybe they struggle with loneliness or mental illness or unease about their place in life or any other number of things. This world is full of beauty and wonder, but I think there’s also darkness here. I think there “are more things under heaven and earth than are dreamt of”, to quote the Bard.  Infusion was born from a desire to portray that unseen struggle in the physical realm. And, of course, to tell a really fun story about aliens and superheroes.

Tell us about the main character.
Rachel is sixteen and sees herself as completely ordinary. She likes being ordinary. It makes her invisible. Then, in a series of events she can’t quite remember, she’s shot, struck by lightning, and brought back to life by a stranger who gifts her with what could only be described as superpowers. Suddenly, she’s finding that there’s more to her than she originally thought. She’s never felt strong or powerful or particularly important, but all of that changes.

Do you have a favorite quote or specific part in the book that you really love?
I love the way Rachel’s relationship develops with Tyler, who is this hot slacker in her English Language Arts class and also a fellow alien-fighter. If I had to choose a specific part in the book that I really love, I think maybe it’s the part where she enters Tyler’s dream. I don’t want to give anything away, so I won’t quote it here, but it’s a turning point in the way she sees the battle facing them.

Was there a specific part in the book that you had an especially difficult time writing?  If so, why?
I had a hard time with scenes from Tyler’s childhood. I think his story is, unfortunately, a familiar one for too many people.

What sort of projects do you have going on right now.  Any new books coming out?
I have a couple of novels nearing completion, but no release dates yet. For updates, I’d love for readers to follow me on Twitter @AlyssaThiessen or Facebook @AuthorAlyssaThiessen.

It was great having you on the blog today!  We hope you’ll decide to stop by again someday, and we wish you much success!!
Thanks so much for giving me the opportunity to chat with you today. I’m hoping readers love this story.

About Alyssa Thiessen

When she's not donning her secret identity and saving the world, Thiessen keeps busy writing her next novel, reading something beautiful, teaching high school English, drinking coffee, cycling, and hanging out with her family - husband, kiddies, and miniature schnauzer.

 

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9 Comments

  1. Lisa Brown
    8/14/2017

    Very nice interview, look forward to your upcoming novels. Congrats on the tour and thanks for the chance to win :)

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  2. Fay Tannerr
    8/14/2017

    This sounds like an amazing novel and I love the cover too! Excited about Infusion!

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  3. Janet W.
    8/14/2017

    What a beautiful cover! Sounds like an amazing read!

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  4. James Robert
    8/14/2017

    Congrats on the tour and thank you for the interview and giveaway.

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  5. Linda Romer
    8/14/2017

    Infusion sounds like a good read. Thank you

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  6. Mary Preston
    8/14/2017

    I’d like to know more about the power.

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  7. Lacey Waters
    8/14/2017

    thanks for the interesting interview :)

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  8. Viki S.
    8/15/2017

    This sounds like she may be seeing the demon plane? Need to find out more :)!

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  9. Edye
    8/20/2017

    Love the plot!

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