Author Bio (via Website)
Title: The Only Boy
Author: Jordan Locke
Publishing Date: December 17th 2013
Mary is stuck in Section One, living with three hundred women in a crumbling hospital. She wonders what life was like two centuries ago, before the Cleansing wiped out all the men. But the rules—the Matriarch's senseless rules—prevent her from exploring the vacant city to find out.
Taylor's got a dangerous secret: he's a boy. His compound's been destroyed, and he's been relocated to Section One. Living under the Matriarch means giving up possessions, eating canned food and avoiding all physical contact. Baggy clothes hide his flat chest and skinny legs, but if anyone discovers what lies beneath, he'll be exiled. Maybe even executed.
Mary's never seen a boy—the Matriarch cut the pictures of men from the textbooks—and she doesn't suspect Taylor's secret. If she knew, she might understand the need to stop the girls from teasing him. If she knew, she might realize why she breaks the rules, just to be near him. Then again, she might be frightened to death of him.
Taylor should go. The Matriarch is watching his every move. But running means leaving Mary—and braving the land beyond the compound's boundaries.
1. How did you get into writing?
I didn't start writing novels until long after I graduated college. One day, a scene popped into my head, and I thought the concept might make a good story. I wrote a few pages. Four years later, while listening to a radio show about books, I started thinking about how mine might start, and the ideas started flowing. I went home and began the novel, and I haven't stopped writing since.
2. When starting a book how much of it comes straight from your imagination and how much is research?
Most of it, maybe 90% or more, is from my head. I research if I need to know how something works, the science behind a particular aspect of the book, a complicated procedure, etc.
3. Who is your favourite character you have written and why?
This is such a tough question. After five novels, there are just so many of them. The bad guys can be a lot of fun to write, so I'm going to pick the Matriarch from The Only Boy. Her twisted motivations make her interesting in a wicked way.
4. Do you go into a book knowing how you want it to end?
Sometimes yes, sometimes no. If I have a good idea for the ending, I'll write it early in the process. If not, I'll wait until I get to the end of the book and figure it out.
5. What 5 books would you recommend for your readers?
Middle Grade: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. This series is what got me to really enjoy reading.
Young Adult Dystopian: The Hunger Games. There's a reason it's so popular. It's just so well done.
Young Adult Contemporary: Thirteen Reasons Why. This book had me riveted and emotionally invested in the story.
Science Fiction: Ready Player One. If you grew up in the eighties and like video games, you'll really enjoy this. Such a fun read.
For the Adult Reader: The Time Traveler's Wife. The disjointed structure echoes the disrupted lives of the main characters. Such a wonderful story.