Recently I read and reviewed ‘Cities and Thrones.’ Carrie Patel’s second book in the Recoletta series. It’s a intriguing story about a future dystopia in an underground city called Recoletta. The gaslight fantasy follows a group of characters across different social classes through revolution. What she started with ‘The Buried Life’ she built in complexity in ‘Cities and Thrones’ Carrie Patel was nice enough to answer some questions that were driving me crazy. I’ve shared them below for you in case you were craving the answers like me.
1. The term Whitenail for the higher society is quite specific. What is its origin.
2.Economic class is the focus for revolution in your Recoletta books. Did you purposefully choose not to address other possible factors that can be a root of discrimination to emphasize this imbalance?
3. There are multiple themes in the book. What main message are you hoping your audience will take away with them after they read these books.
4. Will the books eventually explain what caused their society to flee underground?
5. So many books choose to gloss over or ignore entirely the realities or challenges that go with Revolution. What made you choose to dedicate an entire book, if not more, to these issues?
6. Are you working on other projects currently? Do you have an end date in your mind for the stories of Recoletta or are you willing to extend the story for as long as you have ideas surrounding it and your fans continue to have interest.
7. How long and what did you do to gain the interest of Angry Robot? Did you ever consider self publishing?
BIOGRAPHY: Carrie Patel was born and raised in Houston, Texas. An avid traveller, she studied abroad in Granada, Spain and Buenos Aires, Argentina.She completed her bachelor’s and master’s degrees at Texas A&M University and worked in transfer pricing at Ernst & Young for two years.She now works as a narrative designer at Obsidian Entertainment in Irvine, California, where the only season is Always Perfect.You can find Carrie online at www.electronicinkblog.com and@Carrie_Patel on Twitter.