Guest Post & Giveaway: The Red Sector Chronicles by Krystle Jones (Book Blitz)

Posted November 19th, 2013 in Book Blitz, Giveaway, Guest Post / 41 comments

Welcome to The Red Sector Chronicles Book Blitz. The Red Sector Chronicles is a YA dystopian/paranormal romance trilogy written by Krystle Jones. I grabbed the first book of the trilogy, The Scarlet Dagger, because it’s free, you should too! I think this series sounds amazeballs. I hope to read book one soon so I can tell you guys how it goes. For now, enjoy the interesting guest post below where Krystle talks about building a vampire dystopian world. And don’t forget to enter the giveaway below for a chance to win the whole series.

The Red Sector Chronicles by Krystle Jones
(The Red Sector Chronicles Omnibus)
Genres: Dystopia, Paranormal Romance, Young Adult

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The strength of Sloane’s heart is about to be put to the ultimate test.

After the Eclipse – the night vampires began openly slaughtering human victims – everything changed. Out of fear, the government salvaged what remained of the human population and enclosed them in massive, security-laden cities called White Sectors, while marking the vampire infested territory as Red Sectors.

When seventeen-year-old Sloane McAllister’s twin brother disappears, she seems to be the only one who thinks he isn’t dead, and she vows to stop at nothing to find him. Gathering her courage, she braves the Red Sector to search for clues to his whereabouts. By chance, she encounters Aden, a handsome, charismatic vampire with a hidden agenda. He turns Sloane against her will and whisks her away to his underground city. Enemies quickly become friends as Sloane struggles against her attraction to Aden, and resists her growing loyalties to the creatures that ruined her life.

But the vampires themselves are the least of her problems. A war is brewing between the humans and vampires, along with a growing web of deceit and betrayal. And before it’s all over, loyalties will be tested, hearts will be broken, and no one’s lives will ever be the same.

Vampire Apocalypse: Building a Dystopian World
Krystle Jones

When I first started writing my Red Sector Chronicles series, I didn’t know at the time I’d be writing dystopia. I was actually leaning more toward urban fantasy, since that’s what I read a lot of. But then as I developed my characters and brainstormed story ideas, I came to realize this storyline would work better in a futuristic America, where vampires ruled supreme.

But boy, did I have my work cut out for me!

Here’s the thing: Dystopian worlds are a lot of fun to write about, but they’re also a lot of work. I actually found them to be almost as involved as my epic fantasy worlds!  In a dystopian novel, the world itself has a lot of influence over the rest of the story, especially the atmosphere. Dystopian novels – at least all the ones I’ve read – often imbue a very bleak, dark future. This can make the story somewhat heavy and depressing, which affects the characters’ attitudes and the themes of the story. There are more upbeat/comedic dystopian stories out there (Warm Bodies, anyone?), but the large majority I’ve seen are toward the depressing order.

Now, I like a little bit of humor in my books, so I tried putting that in my trilogy to provide some relief from the heavy atmosphere. Death hangs over my heroine through a lot of the story, since I also love thrillers, and I knew too much tension can strangle a reader. It’s like watching one of those movies where there’s so much action you eventually become desensitized to it, and it loses its effect. So that was something I had to watch out for.

I knew I wanted my vampires to be scary more so than sparkly (for the record, I love Twilight), but I’m also a little in love with the idea of the “romantic, dreamy” vampire that looks more like a human. So I decided to have both, the regular vamps and the Rogues, or flesh-eating monsters. Then it was a matter of figuring out how they fit into this dark world, and how they had altered history. That’s another thing, the “what went wrong” factor. Every dystopian novel has it, from killer plagues to the zombie apocalypse. For me, I decided vampirism was more of a disease rather than a fantasy element (witch cursing a prince, or something equally fantastic), and the Rogues were going to be the vampires who’d fallen prey to their bloodlust and lost their minds to it. The “what went wrong,” “what’s happened since,” and “where we are now” play a big part in dystopian stories.

The more I figured out about my dystopian world, the more I realized I was going to need a story bible. There’s no way to keep all those details straight, because you’re pretty much making stuff up after a certain point, from alternate history, to world building, to the way society and the government function in this alternate universe. Especially if you’re writing a series, a story bible is wonderful for keeping yourself from sticking your foot in your mouth in later books. If you’re going to be the queen of the universe, you have to keep track of what you put into it.

Lastly, I’d say the one of the big decisions about writing dystopian is deciding how much fantasy versus science fiction you’re going to have in the story. For me, my world was pretty grounded in science fiction, as I think most dystopian stories are, but there are definitely sci-fi books and movies that incorporate some fantasy elements (i.e. Star Wars). I’d say figure this out in book one and stick with it. If you’re writing a series steeped in reality and explainable science, and you suddenly have flying magical unicorns floating around your pages, readers will 1) be thrown out of the story; and 2) not believe it one bit. So stick to one or the other (no fantasy elements vs. some fantasy elements). Just be sure not to let the fantasy overwhelm the sci-fi, or else it becomes more fantasy.

Those are some of the things I had to think about while writing my dystopian novel. Hopefully, they’ll help you write yours, if you’re a writer, or give you a glimpse into what a writer thinks about, if you’re a reader. Thanks for reading!

Author Bio

Krystle Jones was born and raised in the small, southern town of Tullahoma, Tennessee. Reading and writing have been lifelong passions of hers. In addition to being a novelist, she is also an award-winning flutist, and moonlights as a voice actress. Her voice can be heard in the popular online game, Alice is Dead 3.

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41 Responses to “Guest Post & Giveaway: The Red Sector Chronicles by Krystle Jones (Book Blitz)”

  1. elisa

    Great post – there is so much to think about when writing! The worldbuilding of the books sound great – a bleak future with shining bits of humor sounds right up my alley.
    Amazing giveaway too – I prefer paper still. I love that my reader can port around hundreds of books so easily but I still feel more accomplished finishing a paper book (probably because my shelves are packed and I NEED to read them to get them outta here to make room for more).

  2. Braine TS

    I always love the guest posts you have here! That part about Dystopian world building is quite interesting, I never really thought of it that way til now. Personally, I’m touch and go with this genre but when I do come across one that is done so well, it’s way better than the usual fantasy books I read. Great stuff once again, J!

  3. Diamond Cronen

    I agree that Dystopian books can be very heavy and depressing. This is why it’s not my favorite genre, although when done right I really enjoy it! I like the fact that yours has a good amount of humor in it 🙂

    • Krystle

      Hey, Diamond! I have to be in the right mood for dystopia. The same can be said for pretty much everything else I read, but I have a soft spot for things that make me laugh and smile. =) Larissa Ione is really good at that, incorporating suspense, romance, and off-the-wall humor.

  4. Elizabeth Barbarick

    Thanks for the giveaway! I am half and half about e-readers and paper books as well. There’s nothing better than the smell of a good book, but I love all the options I have with e-readers like highlighting, taking notes, and changing the font and size.

  5. Jaclyn Canada

    Too true that dystopians are often depressing not to mention mixing vampires and disease into the mix. Would take a little humor added in to keep things going. I love this, “It’s like watching one of those movies where there’s so much action you eventually become desensitized to it, and it loses its effect. So that was something I had to watch out for.”

    I am an ebook girl myself. Excellent post! Thank you so much for sharing 😀 Jaclyn @ JC’s Book Haven.

  6. Miss. Lucinda Fountain

    Thank you so much for such an amazing giveaway!! I would love to read more Dystopian as i haven’t read much of this genre ~ up until now mainly fantasy & sci-fi.
    I always read paperbacks and hardbacks more so than e-books, simply because i love to be able to hold each page in my hand and explore a book through its visual apearance, smell and paper! E-books are more ditatched in a way as they don’t ‘feel’ like the manuscript and so its slightly less ‘personal’ (if that makes sense?).

    Thanks x

  7. Neyra

    I read the first book a few months back, and i really liked the set up. I’m a big fan of Dystopia books but I rarely read them. LOL Hopefully I can catch up to the series in time 🙂

    PS- I love my Kindle, but in all honesty i prefer paper/hardcover books 🙂

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