What’s the working title of your WIP?
Apocalypse, book 3 of the Rapture Trilogy. Note: the cover you see will not be the final version.
Where did your idea come from for your book?
I’m a little obsessed with post-apocalyptic tales but I wanted to do something that hadn’t really been done before. The concept of the Rapture had been used before, notably in the Left Behind series. But not with my spin on it. I took a half-demon teenager, trained him as a samurai and tasked him with helping those who had been left behind during the seven years of the Tribulation, culminating in the final battle – the Apocalypse.
What genre does your book fall under?
Definitely post-apocalyptic for YA readers. Some readers have called it dystopian but it’s more post-apocalyptic than dystopian.
Which actors would you pick to play your characters in a movie rendition?
How about Cam Gigandet? (Easy A, Twilight, Pandorum). He’s got that rough, brooding look I envisaged for Sam. In terms of Aimi, there’s Keiko Kitagawa (from Fast and the Furious – Tokyo drift). Aimi is only half Japanese though.
What is a one sentence synopsis of your book?
A half-demon teenager battling the forces of the Antichrist to save the world.
How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
Been working on Apocalypse for the last couple of months. I’ll have it finished in another month so three in total.
What other books would you compare this story within your genre?
There’s too many to mention. Any YA book that deals with the end of the world, whether it be a zombie apocalypse or other disaster.
Who or what inspired you to write this book?
As I think I’ve mentioned elsewhere, I love post-apocalyptic tales. I wanted to do something different and somehow combine my interests. I also wanted to explore the theme of nature vs nurture.
What else about your book might pique the readers interest?
I had to do a lot of research, not only about Christian dogma but also geography, weapons, uses and limitations of military hardware such as tanks, submarines, aircraft carriers and the like, latin and Japanese, sword forging techniques – the list goes on. I even looked at some of the battlefield tactics in WWII. I want everything I write to sound authentic.
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Kate Avery Ellison
phillip w. simpson
Phillip W. Simpson is an author of YA and children's books.