This week we welcome Claire Merle, who has agreed to become a permanent member of the demention team. There is a giveaway, too! Details are below. We all look forward to her opinions on all things otherworldly. Over to Claire...
Hi! I’m the author of The Glimpse, the first part in a dystopian thriller out this month with Faber & Faber. The Glimpse is my first novel, and the second and final part will be published next year. You can find out more about me here.
When Teri contacted me about becoming part of Demention I was excited. I’ve been reading the blog since Julienne, Julie and Teri set it up in April, and I feel it offers a unique slant on the growing genre of ‘dark’ young adult fiction. Demention asks and answers questions about what kind of impact these alternative troubled worlds have on the reader, and why these sorts of stories are so popular. I can’t wait to become part of the team!
My fascination with dystopian and apocalyptic fiction began in school after reading The Handmaid’s Tale, Brave New World and Z for Zachariah. I loved how these books were able to shift my perspective on my own life. It’s like time travelling or being reincarnated in a future where constant danger and the struggle for survival eclipse the smaller complexities and problems that tend to eat up our daily lives. Dark, otherworldly stories also evoke that raw sense of the urgency of living, and the potential we each have to change the world around us. As a writer and reader I’m drawn to these elements.
Following in the footsteps of Julie, Teri and Julienne, I’m introducing myself with a giveaway. I’ve got a signed copy of my debut novel The Glimpse for one winner, and a recent favourite of mine Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro for you. To enter the giveaway please leave a comment below and follow this blog if you aren't already, and as ever, tweets and facebook posts get an extra entry. This is international and winners will be picked at random, and closes on July 16.
Many thanks to the Demention Team for inviting me on board!
Read Julienne's interview of Claire and review of The Glimpse here.