Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Blog tour (AMAZING guest post): Carrier by Anne Tibbets

My tour stop features a guest post by Anne. I posed her with a choice of three topics, and here's what she chose to write about:

Sucking up your thumb - or how did you get the idea of writing a book about sex slavery."

“Sucking Up Your Thumb”
By Anne Tibbets

How does somebody get the idea of writing a book about sexual slavery? I mean, COME ON! Out of all the topics in the world, why on earth, would I pick the scariest, worst nightmare of any woman on the planet…Oh, wait…I think I just answered my own question.

I write during the school year. I have two daughters, and when they are home for the summer, I typically can’t get anything done. I am, unfortunately, one of those writers that need absolute silence so that I can fully immerse myself into the world I have created, and I simply can’t do that if I’m getting interrupted every six minutes. I’m not exaggerating either. I timed it one summer. My kids find some excuse to interrupt me every. Six. Minutes.

So, after a particularly rough summer when we were renovating our house, and me and the kids were stuck all summer-long with construction workers, only one operating bathroom, and no kitchen – the project finally finished, the workers were gone, the kids were at school, and I sat down to my laptop to the only complete silence I’d had in months, and I asked myself, “What is the WORST future you can think of?” And my mind went to sexual slavery.

I wrote the first fifty pages of CARRIER, then called The Line, and I put it away in a virtual drawer. At the time, I was working part time for an e-publishing company and I had plenty to keep me busy. Besides, the book was so dark, and I wasn’t sure I wanted to remain working on a project that could give me nightmares. But some writerly friends convinced me to attend a writer’s conference, so I entered CARRIER in the contest and low-and-behold, I won second place. I was so shocked. I couldn’t even believe it.

This convinced me to finish the manuscript. At that point, I began researching sexual slavery, just so I could have a baseline of what the reality was, compared to what I deemed the worst-case scenario in my own mind. And what I found still haunts me to this day. My worst-case scenario was real. The girls owned by a restaurant and/or bar: REAL. The institutions out in the middle of nowhere where girls are lined up like cattle and sold as slaves: REAL. Little girls from poor families sold to pay off debts: REAL. And not just in the far East, or in the poorest of third world countries, but here, in the United States of America. It’s everywhere.

I can recall the day quite well. I sat at my dining room table, my laptop humming like a dishwasher, and me, physically sickened and my hands shaking when I found the research.

My worst-case scenario, my worst nightmare, the “silly” prompt I gave myself to stimulate creative thought…? ALL REAL.

After I understood that, there was no doubt in my mind that I had picked the right topic.
Okay, let me tell you something. I don't usually make a habit of commenting (in post) when doing a guest post tour stop. But I had goosebumps reading this one and I just HAD TO share that with you. I had been a bit skeptical about this book, because sheesh! But now I want to read it. I think I'll just go buy it right now.

Book details:

Carrier by Anne Tibbets
(The Line #1)
Published by: Carina Press
Publication date: June 16th 2014
Genres: Dystopia, New Adult

Twenty-two -year-old Naya has spent nearly half her life as a sex slave in a government institution called The Line. When she’s kicked out after getting pregnant with twins, she’s got no way to earn a living and a horrifying choice to make: find someone to replace her, or have her babies taken in her stead.
A doctor with a history of aiding ex-Line girls, Ric Bennett, wants to help. He runs a team of rebels that can delete Naya’s records and free her forever. But when The Line sniffs out his plan, things get bloody, fast. Naya means more to them than just a chance at fresh faces—her twins are part of the government’s larger plan.
As they hide from government search parties, Ric comes to admire Naya’s quiet strength. And Naya realizes Ric might be a man she can trust. If they make it off the grid, they could build a new life. But first they’ll have to survive the long, vicious reach of The Line.




About the author:

Anne Tibbets is an SCBWI award-winning and Smashwords.com Best Selling author. After writing for Children’s television, Anne found her way to young/new adult fiction by following what she loves: books, strong female characters, twisted family dynamics, magic, sword fights, quick moving plots, and ferocious and cuddly animals.

Along with CARRIER, Anne is also the author of the young adult fantasy novella, THE BEAST CALL and the young adult contemporary, SHUT UP.

Anne divides her time between writing, her family, and three furry creatures that she secretly believes are plotting her assassination.

Find her on Facebook at www.facebook.com/AnneTibbetsAuthor or on Twitter @WriteforCoffee. To contact Anne, visit www.annetibbets.com and 
click the ‘CONTACT’ tab.

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Open INTL - Ends July 22nd
--20 $ Amazon gift card
--3x eBook copies of Carrier
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