So guys and girls this is the last post for Dystopian Domination 2, Part 1. Today, I have Jill Williamson with me for an author interview about her book, Replication. It’s a science fiction book – not exactly dystopian – but during my Goodreads research, I found out that lots of people shelved it as dystopian. Tomorrow, there will be a Prize Pack Giveaway. And then after that, there will be Part 2!
How much research did she put in for Replication?
I had to do quite a bit of scientific research when I wrote Replication back in 2007. Then I did some more research when the book sold since technology is always changing. I wanted to make sure everything still made sense. I also did some research on fires for the scene toward the end of the book and interviewed a couple of fire fighters. It was all quite fascinating.
If you were in Abby's place, what will she do if she finds Martyr?
If I found a clone that I recognized in my house… I probably would have reacted a lot like Pastor Scott. My husband is a youth pastor, and we’ve run into some interesting situations over the years. But once I became convinced I had a clone in my presence, I would do all I could to help. Plus I love teaching, so I’d likely have fun teaching him things he didn’t know.
Who did you enjoy writing the most? Martyr? J.D.?
Martyr for sure! It was so much fun to look at the world through his eyes. To see a cat but since Martyr was never taught about cats, to assume it was a dog because that was the closest logical conclusion he could make. Writing Martyr’s character actually made me reflect on some things I hadn’t thought about in a long time: the beauty of creation, the wonders of technology, and how people treat strangers. Martyr’s dialogue was also lots of fun.
The lesson or message do you want to send to the readers while reading Replication?
You are a one-of-a-kind creation—even if you’re an identical twin with identical DNA! You only get one life on this earth. Don’t take it for granted. Make the most of your time here. Only you can be you and fulfill the purpose you were intended for.
If there's a chance, will you write a sequel for Replication? Or will you leave the story at that?
I had two more book ideas for this series, so if the opportunity comes along, I’d love to write them.
Giveaway: Hardcover of Replication by Jill Williamson
When Your Life Is Not Your Own
Martyr---otherwise known as Jason 3:3---is one of hundreds of clones kept in a remote facility called Jason Farms. Told that he has been created to save humanity, Martyr has just one wish before he is scheduled to 'expire' in less than a month. To see the sky.
Abby Goyer may have just moved to Alaska, but she has a feeling something strange is going on at the farm where her father works. But even this smart, confident girl could never have imagined what lies beneath a simple barn. Or what would happen when a mysterious boy shows up at her door, asking about the stars.
As the reality of the Jason Experiment comes to light, Martyr is caught between two futures---the one for which he was produced and the one Abby believes God created him to have. Time is running out, and Martyr must decide if a life with Abby is worth leaving everything he's ever known.
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Jill Williamson is a novelist, dreamer, and believer. Growing up in Alaska led to a love of books, and in 2010 her first novel, By Darkness Hid, won the Christy award. She loves working with teenagers and gives writing workshops at libraries, schools, camps, and churches. Jill lives in Oregon with her husband and two children.