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Krista McGee talks about her new dystopian release, Anomaly!
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Have you ever felt like you were
different from everyone else? Were you embarrassed by these differences and
tried to hide them? In Krista McGee’s latest novel, Anomaly (Thomas Nelson / July 9, 2013 / ISBN: 978-1401688721 / $9.99), Thalli
must hide who she really is or face death. Follow Thalli as she searches for
truth and purpose in her controlling world in the first book in this trilogy
for young adults. McGee approaches the popular dystopian genre from a Christian
worldview to challenge readers to question what is going on around them and
find answers from the Designer — God.
Q: Your earlier books are modern adaptions of the biblical
stories of Esther, Rebekah and Ruth. Where did you find your inspiration for Anomaly?
While this novel
isn't based on a particular biblical character, there are shades of Noah, Moses
and David in here. My inspiration, though, is probably a combination of a
couple of my favorite classic dystopian books: Brave New World and 1984.
I've always read those works thinking, "What if this kind of story were
told from a distinctly Christian worldview?" My ideas for this story
stemmed from the answer to that question.
Q: Thalli knows her curiosity and emotions make her
unique. What can teens learn from Thalli about their differences?
Thalli doesn't feel
like she fits in anywhere. I think all of us — young and old(er) — can identify
with that feeling. My prayer is that, as my readers get to know Thalli, they
see her differences as making her special, and through that, they see their
differences make them special, as well.
Q: How did your passion for writing teen fiction develop?
I have worked with
teens for more than a decade, as a youth leader and as a high school English
teacher. My desire is to see the young people I work with understand how much
God loves them and to love Him wholeheartedly in return. My writing is an
extension of that ministry and that desire.
Q: What lessons do you hope readers take away from Anomaly?
I want my readers to
know that God is more powerful than any government, any idea, any disaster. I
want them to see that every individual is fearfully and wonderfully made.
Without giving away too much, what else can you tell us about the Designer?
He is the great I AM.
In this novel, world forces have done all they can to make Him disappear. But
no force on earth is more powerful than Him.
Q: How has being a teacher impacted the way you approach
Because I have the
privilege of spending my days with some of the most amazing teens on the
planet, I have learned that life as a teenager today is amazing, difficult and
overwhelming. Teens have so much expected of them, so many pressures
thrust on them. Knowing this informs my characters and my plots.
Q: As Thalli learns more about herself and the world, she
questions if there is more to life. Do you think it’s OK for teens to question
God and why he has made them unique?
I have a son named
Thomas, and the reason we chose that name was because of a Bible study lesson I
heard while pregnant with him. Our teacher pointed out that when the apostle
Thomas questioned Jesus, Jesus could have responded with anger or frustration,
a "Seriously, dude? I just rose from the dead and am standing in
front of you, and you want to see my hands??" But He didn't say
that. He simply held out his hands so Thomas could see and
believe. Jesus recognized His followers will doubt, will question — even
when proof of His existence is so obvious — and he responds to that doubt with
grace and love. I love that our Savior loves us like that! I love that we
can ask Him tough questions and find that He responds in ways that make our
weak faith stronger.
Q: How does Anomaly compare to popular teen series
like The Hunger Games and Divergent? Will readers drawn to those
books enjoy Thalli’s adventure, too?
Definitely! There are
several similarities between those books and Anomaly —a world that is radically
different than ours, a government that tries to suppress its people and a girl
who stands out from everyone else. Like those, there is also romance and adventure
and quite a few surprises, as well.
Q: Are there special connections from Thalli’s pursuit
for a greater purpose for her abilities and our different roles in the
Christians are called
the body of Christ, and the body is made up of different parts — all necessary
for a healthy body to function. The rulers of Thalli's world reject such a
notion, choosing to believe instead that sameness is best for mankind. But
Thalli is different — an anomaly. And we find, through her journey, that differences
really are best and that God's design is perfect.
Q: Will Anomaly be part of a new series? What are
you working on next?
Yes, this is the
first in a trilogy of books about Thalli's journey and her world. The next book
will be released in February 2014, and the final book will release in August