Author Neisa Hutson is touring for her book INDIANA FIRE with Tourz de Codex and we are proud to present ourselves as the first tour stop.
Neisa Hutson currently lives in Farmington, West Virginia. When she’s not reading, she is writing. When she isnot writing, she is spending time with her fiancé, her family, and of course her dog Tia. In the past she has worked with the local newspaper, but is undecided on which direction to take with her writing career.
She graduated from North Marion High, and even though she is not in college, she is enjoying her time working,reading, and growing as a writer. For the time being she spends her time writing stories, working on her other love, painting and sketching, and blogging about her favorite books. Her first novel, Indiana Fire, was written for friends, writers, and fans of zombies alike. Her love of Dystopia led her to writing her own novel in hopes of making it unique and original.
EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH THE AUTHOR
Q. Hi Neisa. Please tell us and our readers a little bit about yourself.
Well, I am twenty years young. I live in West Virginia. It is in fact its own state! Some people apparently think that West Virginia is part of the state Virginia. I love writing, but my first love will always be drawing and sketching. I have been drawing ever since I could pick up a pencil. I secretly still love finger painting. I am a big animal lover. Dogs and horses are my weakness. I do have a part time job at the moment to help pay for things, but when I am home I love to write, blog about books, or play with my dog Tia.
Q. Describe your book in a sentence to convince us to buy it.
When the apocalypse has come and gone you’re still alive, what will you fear?
Q. What was your inspiration behind “INDIANA FIRE”?
At the time, I had been reading books like The Forest of Hands and Teeth, World War Z, Pride Prejudice and Zombies, and How to Survive a Horror Film. My passion for zombies had grown along with my passion for Dystopia. I wanted something personal and something that could keep not only young girls attentions but also young guys. I wanted something with action and pain. I wanted something not exactly simple, but an easy enough read for everyone to enjoy. I wanted to put out my hand in the dystopian world. My fiancé influenced and inspired my decision. He also writes, and I wanted to write something that we both could enjoy. I forced myself away from the chick lit, the fantasy, and romance. I found that I love this side of writing; this darker style is very addictive! I think most of all it wanted an original zombie story that had never been heard of before.
Q. What are the best aspects of writing?
The being able to reach out to someone else through a story is the best aspect. It knows that maybe someone out there like you will read your book, and it is the hope that you’ll be just that extra encouragement they needed to write one of their own.
The freedom that comes from being a writer and the knowing that you can let your imagination run wild is one of the greatest aspects. I love being able to just sit down at my computer, drink my cup of coffee, and fall into a world that I have created.
Q. How do you research for a book before you being the writing process?
I write a lot of fantasy, so I do not do that much researching. That is what I love about fantasy! You can write anything you want without having to worry about being realistically right. That is why I love writing about our world, but making it my own with Fantasy and Dystopian like things. It gives you so much freedom as a writer.
The one thing though that I try to research states or countries. I try to place my characters in states that I have visited or lived in. Having them live in your own state makes things so much easier. When writing Indiana Fire, they live in New York, but generally speaking, I knew enough to write about it. I also created my own island off the east coast, which gave room for imagination. The only two other states that I used are West Virginia and Indiana.
I had visited Indiana once for the National FFA Convention in high school. Yes, I was in the FFA and participated in things like Parliament Procedure and Agronomy. Anyways, I remembered buildings and places. It influenced my choosing Indiana as the state for the disease to begin.
Q. Any advice you would want to give to aspiring writers?
Do not give up! Everyone has to start somewhere, even if it is at the bottom. I still have much to learn and much to work towards. Even when I received rejection letter after rejection letter, I still moved on and worked even harder. The hardest thing to stomach was the agent who almost accepted my book, and even asked for more to read. Those are the hardest rejections to accept. However, you have to look at it as a relationship.
Think of it, as there is someone out there just right for my book. It is the finding them that is hard. Everyone has that special someone, whether it is an agent or reader. The adventure and exciting part is the finding them!
Everyday you look over your shoulder. Every night you lock the door and lay the gun next to your head. Every touch, every breath, and every scar could mean death. Every day you live in the fear of the Blayz...This is my world as I hide inside the walls, but even here the disease rages on killing us off one by one. The world outside seems so cruel now compared to the one I live in, but good things don't last forever. I hide in fear of the disease, the Black Fire. The burning causes your mind to go insane, then your skin turns black as ashes decaying by the second, and third you turn into a Flaym hoping wishing that someone would kill you, end the pain. I am locked away from this world, until I met the green skinned boy who promised safety within 'Alamo', a place deep within the West Virginia hills. Traveling is dangerous, and the state is far, my chances of making it there are little to none. I can only hope that I will find my place across the ocean. If only I could escape this world where the skin crawls, humans are scarce, and the Blayz fill the streets.
A flash of movement and a screaming end to the Blayz that line the Florida shores. My days of killing are over as the government releases me from my duties. Along with my friend Broc, I travel North to a place once known as New York. I go there not only to flee from the disease, but I go there in hopes of finding my lost love. After years of pain, watching my own brother kill his daughter, and leaving my fiancée behind, I am ready to return to the sane. But even there within the walls there is not much comfort. A dead lover and no home. I find comfort in knowing a young man who loved a young girl, who had been long gone from the city. We find peace in an island off the east coast, and it is there that I learn that the Blayz aren't the only things we need to fear. Together we travel to a place called the Alamo. A deadly journey begins to a place known as Indiana where the disease began. This is a place where mutants roam and disease spreads consuming everything dead or alive in it's path.
Every touch, every breath, every scar can kill. A dystopian raging with a deadly disease. This is a dying world. This is the story of Christine and Alan, the world outside is cruel now compared to the one I live in, but good things don't last forever. I hide in fear of the disease, the Black Fire. The burning causes your mind to go insane, then your skin turns black as ashes decaying by the second, and third you turn into a Flaym hoping wishing that someone would kill you, end the pain. A job well done by the author for you definitely can't leave the book for even a second.