In case you have not read it yet, here is Goodreads' summary:
Ruby Prosser dreams of escaping the Congregation and the early-nineteenth century lifestyle that’s been practiced since the community was first enslaved.1. The story in Drought sounds very intense. What was your inspiration behind the story?
She plots to escape the vicious Darwin West, his cruel Overseers, and the daily struggle to gather the life-prolonging Water that keeps the Congregants alive and gives Darwin his wealth and power. But if Ruby leaves, the Congregation will die without the secret ingredient that makes the Water special: her blood.
So she stays.
But when Ruby meets Ford, the new Overseer who seems barely older than herself, her desire for freedom is too strong. He’s sympathetic, irresistible, forbidden—and her only access to the modern world. Escape with Ford would be so simple, but can Ruby risk the terrible price, dooming the only world she’s ever known?
PB: As hokey as it sounds, a vision started this story. I was driving along a country road in upstate NY and I passed a dilapidated barn. In a flash, I imagined there was a table in the middle of that barn—with a cup of water in it. A drop of blood fell into that cup.
For a long time, I didn’t know whose blood it was, or why it was going in the water. I made a lot of false starts before I got into the story that DROUGHT became.
2. A strong heroine makes a story worth reading. How would you describe Ruby?
PB: Ruby is strong but she’s not the type of girl to pick up a stake and head for the nearest vampire (nor does she have any vampires in her vicinity!). She wants to change things for her enslaved Congregation, make things better, but she has a hard time selling anybody on her ideas. But she doesn’t give up—ever. That’s one of her greatest strengths: persistence.
3. Let's not forget about the villain, please tell us about Darwin West.
PB: Darwin is a man twisted by denied love. Ruby’s mother Sula broke off their engagement a very long time ago, because she fell in love with Ruby’s father, Otto. Darwin has never forgotten it—and he has never stopped loving Sula, even though he keeps her and the Congregation as captives. He is the sort of man who’s used to getting what he wants… except for Sula.
4. While they both have dark undertones, Candor and Drought seem to be worlds apart. Was Drought more challenging to write being that it is a dystopian novel?
PB: Well, DROUGHT is rather longer than CANDOR, so just dealing with the extra plot strands and length was different! Both had their own challenges. But I tried to go deeper, richer with DROUGHT and that definitely pushed me to expand my skills.
5. Ding, Ding. You have just won dinner with a fictional character from literature or film. Who will you be dining with?
PB: Anne Shirley, from ANNE OF GREEN GABLES (and all the following books!) by L.M. Montgomery. Anne is a feisty redheaded writer struggling to balance love, art and her family. I can’t imagine why I think we’d get along!
Pam, thank you for taking the time to chat with us and congratulations on your new release!
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My review of Drought can be found here. Can't wait to start, read the first two chapters!