Wednesday, January 30, 2013

The Vanished (The Blemished #2) by Sarah Dalton: Interview and Book Spotlight

I am excited to have Sarah Dalton, author of The Blemished Series visiting today.  Her latest novel, The Vanished (The Blemished #2) released this week.  If you are a dystopia and science fiction fan, The Blemished series is outstanding, and for all of us romance fans, it even has that to.  Thanks for being here today Sarah! 

The Vanished (The Blemished #2)
by Sarah Dalton
Published January 27, 2013

“The Compound bustled with action and anticipation, causing my stomach to do a flip. I stopped in my tracks, realising something, something I hadn't thought of before. We were going to war, and people were going to die.”

The Vanished are the forgotten: those who live beyond law or society. Mina fought for freedom. She fought for a better life – a future. But even a free world can decay. 

As Mina begins her new life in the Clans she meets people with surprising knowledge about her power, knowledge that could change everything – even her relationship with Daniel. But as she makes new friends, old friends turn against her in shocking betrayal. 

Life in the Compound is tough; there are ways and traditions so strange that Mina begins to suspect foul play at the very heart of her new home. Instead of leaving corruption behind in Area 14, Mina is faced with the rotten core of human nature as a Clan warlord threatens to invade the Compound. The Clans are turning against each other and Mina is stuck in the middle. 

The Vanished is the second instalment in the Blemished series and follows Mina’s story as she continues to challenge those in power and seek out new dangers. With even more rebellion, romance and betrayal, The Vanished promises to take the reader on a roller-coaster ride of adventure and emotion. 

Will freedom fall?

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  Interview with Sarah Dalton author of The Blemished Series.

1.      Can you tell us a little bit about yourself? 

That question always brings back bad memories of past job interviews! J

I’m 28, starting to feel old, and English. I live in Sheffield and am currently watching my Country descend into madness over two inches of snow. I started writing from an early age but only recently had the confidence to actually finish a project. That project turned out to be The Blemished after a couple of years of re-writing.

When I’m not reading or writing I’m probably watching geeky TV programs like Buffy, Charmed or Supernatural. 

  1. Where did you get your idea for the Blemished series and how many books are planned in the series? 
 I think it stemmed from a number of things: genes and genetic dispositions have interested me since my University days where I studied psychology. I still remember when Dolly the sheep was cloned and how fascinating that was.

After reading a fair few books with very passive young women who are bossed around by men, I wanted to not only write a book with a strong female character, but write a book for women, about women. You probably noticed when reading The Blemished that it is women who have suffered the most through the Fracture, as they have throughout our own world history. I’m very motivated by feminist issues. How do you rectify an oppressive world? Could equality ever exist? There’s plenty of action and romance, but the themes of the book are much deeper.

There is going to be three full length novels: The Blemished, The Vanished and The Unleashed. But, I’m already planning some short stories for characters that I think still have an interesting story to tell. These will be called The Fractured, and I’ll have a story for a few characters. The first is Elena – so many readers have said how much they love Elena but that she doesn’t feature too much. Don’t worry, she’s getting her own story to tell soon. I’m also thinking of writing stories for Billie, Mrs Murgatroyd and some of the new characters in The Vanished. 

  1. Which character in your books has been your favorite to write, and what character has been your most challenging? 
I think Ali is my favourite. He started out as a secondary character but he had such an energy that I found myself writing him into nearly every scene. He’s the kind of guy you’d want as your teacher or mentor. He’s just totally sound in every way. But at the same time he’s complex and a bit damaged. I’m hoping to tell more of his story, and reveal a few things about his character, in the third book.

The most challenging is probably Mina’s father, Professor Hart. It’s difficult to convey such a complex man who loves his daughter, but at the same time is such a bad father! Plus, I know things about him that the readers don’t – I know why he makes the choices he does. All I’ll say is that it will all be revealed in The Unleashed. 

  1. What books have influenced your life most?
Probably all of them. I spent my early teens reading books like The Worst Witch, all of the Roald Dahl books, Enid Blyton and Point Horror books. One of my favourites was Adrian Mole, which I read at least a couple of times.

Then in my late teens I loved Wuthering Heights and Dracula which gave me an appetite for the gothic, creepy and supernatural. Eventually this lead on to science fiction, particularly The Handmaid’s Tale, 1984, John Wyndham books and lots of YA science fiction. 

  1. Do you recall how your interest in writing originated? 
No! I remember one of my primary school teachers telling my parents that I wrote very imaginative stories. But I don’t even remember writing the stories so I guess they must have come from the books I read as a child. 

  1. Do you prefer eBooks or printed novels? 
That’s hard! I love having a physical book and seeing the cover in its full glory. But I love the instant gratification of the eBook. As a series junkie, I can finish the first book and download the second book straight away. I love them both in very different ways. 

  1. Who is your favorite author and what is it that strikes you about their work? 
Probably Margaret Atwood, particularly her science fiction. It’s fascinating and frightening and very, very real. She writes about scary issues you can actually imagine happening. Plus, her characters are subtle, complex and interesting. 

  1. Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?  
Just to spread the word if they like the book! Tell your friends!

Also keep in touch, follow me on Twitter @sarahdalton or check out my blog 

Thanks so much for stopping by today Sarah!

The Blemished
The Blemished
by Sarah Dalton

A beautiful world comes at a price...

In a world filled with stunning clones Mina Hart is Blemished. Her genes are worthless and that takes away her rights: her right to an Education, her right to a normal life and her right to have a child.

Mina keeps a dangerous secret which she never thought she could share until she meets Angela on her first day at St Jude's School. But their friendship is soon complicated by Angela’s adoptive brother Daniel. Mina finds herself drawn to his mysterious powers and impulsive nature. Then there is the gorgeous clone Sebastian who Mina is forbidden from even speaking to…

The Blemished is a frightening take on a fractured future where the Genetic Enhancement Ministry have taken control of Britain. It will take you on a ride filled with adventure, romance and rebellion.
See my review here.  

About:  Sarah grew up in the middle of nowhere in the countryside of Derbyshire and as a result has an over-active imagination. She has been an avid reader for most of her life, taking inspiration from the stories she read as a child, and the novels she devoured as an adult.
Sarah mainly writes speculative fiction for a Young Adult audience and has had pieces of short fiction published in the Medulla Literary Review, PANK magazine and the British Fantasy Society publicationDark Horizons. Her short story ‘Vampires Wear Chanel’ is featured in the Wyvern PublicationFangtales available here
Sarah’s debut novel The Blemished is a fast paced young adult dystopia set in a fractured Britain. It follows the events of Mina Hart, a young Blemished girl who has a dangerous secret, as she tries to escape the dreaded Operation and get out of Area 14.
Now available on AmazonUK Amazon and Smashwords.
Follow Sarah on twitter @sarahdalton  |  Facebook


  1. This sounds like a sad but really intriguing series! Wonderful interview - though from someone 30+, 28 is NOT the age to start feeling old - hehehe! Awesome post - thanks for sharing <3

  2. I've never heard of this series before, but it seems interesting. Thanks for sharing!

  3. I haven't heard of this series, I will have to look up the first book.

    What a fun interview!! I think everyone this year is freaking out about the snow, US or England. It has been a crazy winter!

  4. This is a new series to me, so I am gong to have to look into it. Thanks for sharing the interview. It's always great to know how the authors come up with ideas for a book and what inspired them.

    Jenea @ Books Live Forever


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