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May 31, 2018

Blog Tour: Pulse Point by Colleen Nelson and Nancy Chappell-Pollack – Interview

 

Hello Readers!  Welcome to our Tour Stop for

Pulse Point by Colleen Nelson and Nancy Chappell-Pollack!

We have these ladies on the blog today for a quick Q&A.

 

Pulse Point is set in a future where the climate has made the world inhospitable to humans. In order to survive, people live in self-sustaining domed cities. The City that Kaia and her family live in is run by Overseers, guards that ensure all the Citizens follow the guidelines so the City can maintain its ‘Energy In = Energy Out’ policy. Citizens are only allowed to use the energy they create. Energy production is calculated and displayed on their pulse point, a transmitter embedded in a person’s finger. When a Citizen is no longer able to produce energy, they are Balanced, or killed.

Pulse Point by Colleen Nelson and Nancy Chappell-Pollack
Publication Date: May 8, 2018
Publisher:  Yellow Dog

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Thanks so much for taking the time and spending time with us here at Chapter by Chapter!

We are so excited to share our book, ‘Pulse Point’, with your followers!

 

 

Describe your book in 140 characters or less (like a Tweet)

16-year old Kaia lives in a domed City, built by scientists when the world was ravaged by climate change. When Kaia discovers secrets about the City, she escapes to search for what was stolen from her.

 

 

What was your inspiration for writing this book?  Was it in a dream? A thought while taking a walk?

The idea originally was rooted in a dream sequence that Nancy had. We outlined it as a screenplay but we soon realized that a YA novel was a better fit for the content and style of the concept.  There are so many issues that came up as we delved deeper into the characters, situations and relationships in the book.

 

 

Tell us about the main character(s).

The book is told in alternating perspectives of Kaia and Lev. Kaia has a steely determination who is fiercely loyal to those she loves.  She has always felt flawed and slightly insecure about her family dynamic and her parents’ past which make her at times vulnerable.  Lev is the son of a Councillor and has a lot of pressure to be someone he’s not. He is outwardly flawed and sensitive.  He has a certain resolve and cynicism and shares Kaia’s loyalty to the trusted few in his life.

 

 

Do you have a favorite quote or specific part in the book that you really love?

Nancy’s favourite scene is when Lev and his mother Tar (in this particular novel parents are called “Progenitors” and they are strictly birth parents that contribute to your DNA make-up but they don’t really contribute to your social or emotional needs) are having a private conversation in the aviary in the City.  Tar shows a surprising side to her, but the scene ends on a sour note when her usual harshness returns.

 

Colleen’s favourite scene is when Kaia learns the truth about who she is. It’s a game-changer!

 

 

Was there a specific part in the book that you had an especially difficult time writing?  If so, why?

This book took seven years to write and went through countless drafts. The hardest part about writing it was remembering what had been deleted, whose name had been changed and sequencing things accordingly. There were also a lot of challenges with writing a dystopian book. We had to do a lot of research to make sure the City could be self-sustaining.

 

 

What sort of projects do you have going on right now.  Any new books coming out?

Nothing has been accepted for publication—yet! Colleen has lots on the go and we’d love to write another book to find out what happens to Kaia, Lev and Gideon.

 

 

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, Chapter by Chapter. It’s always a pleasure!

 

About Colleen Nelson

Colleen Nelson is the author of YA fiction books Finding Hope (2016), 250 Hours (2015), The Fall (2013) and Tori by Design (2011). 'The Fall' and 'Tori by Design' both won the McNally Robinson Book of the Year Award. 'The Fall' was also nominated for the White Pine Award. Currently living in Winnipeg with her husband, two young sons and three grown step-children, Colleen manages to eke out time to write everyday, but usually in the early morning after a strong cup of coffee. A junior high school teacher for ten years before having children, Colleen is familiar and comfortable with the tricky phase of life called 'adolescence'. Now a Teacher-Librarian in Winnipeg, Canada, Colleen is constantly on the look-out for books that will catch the attention of her reading-reluctant sons.

 

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  1. gabriele goldstone
    5/31/2018

    Look forward to reading this. Such an intriguing
    backstory. I can’t resist.

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