Tell us about yourself.
I am Chloe. I am a health care assistant living in Oxfordshire. I was born in Staffordshire and lived in England all my life. I am in the process of transferring to the NHS as a lab assistant. In my spare time I like writing books, reading books, listening to music and going out to conventions, concerts and traveling.
When did you know you wanted to be an author?
It was a very young age. English was one of my favorite subjects at school and I loved reading books and it made me decide that I wanted to write books too.
What genres do you like to read? Are these the same genres you write in?
I love comics and graphic novels the most. But I do enjoy dystopian fiction that’s wild and crazy like Battle Royale and Hunger Games. Most of my published books have been poetry books. My current WIPs consists of two romance novels aimed for the teenage market.
Is your book for adults, young adults or children?
Game of Mass Destruction is defiantly an adults book due the nature of the content.
What is your current release or project?
I completed the first draft of my k-pop novel. It’s about a music mogul who plays cupid with her neglected godson and alcoholic ex-boyfriend to improve their lives, but mainly to sell records. I’ve been trying to make the music mogul more likable and unique and less like Sia. Even villains have to be likable.
Tell us about the key characters
Game of Mass Destruction focuses on Yuzuko Shikumi. She sees her country as a utopian state because her grandfather is head of a robotic welfare company. She sees the game of mass destruction as a terrible thing cause it’s a show about destroying robots. She is a 19-year-old widow with one son. She finds out that her mother has nominated her and her girlfriend to take part in the same.
The surface of Yuzuko’s family history is only touched in Game of Mass Destruction. Some of it has been saved for another book.
What is your blurb or synopsis of the book?
Yuzuko’s perfect world is disturbed when she is forced to take part in the 30th season of Game of Mass Destruction, a reality tv show where 20 contestants have to fight robots and each other for a chance to become a billionaire. Each robot they destroy gives points, but extra points are rewarded for acts of sex and murder. Whilst Yuzuko is united with online friends, she discovers dark secrets about her family as she confronts the gameshow’s owner the notorious Sia Bucks. Will she survive and become victorious, or will it be a comedy of errors with violence and chaos?
Share an excerpt
“We’re just machines,” they said.
“Products of science.”
We have no purpose.
What is our purpose?
Why were we created?
If we were born to die?
So, this is what a monster looks like.
The race that made us also wants us dead,
For the name of entertainment.
Doomsday for humanity.
Hence why we have this show.
Game of Mass Destruction
On this tranquil island.
Our hunger for life drives us.
We use what we can for fuel.
Anything we can get our hands on.
Sometimes we eat people.
We can’t help it
It’s in our program.
We’d love to go to the world beyond.
My knowledge lies deep.
The facts I have outnumber
But my only wish
Is a simple one: to
Dance with wild horses.
This is the poem that opens the novel. A lot of readers love the poem. I think it captures the POV of the robots as well as bring thoughts and conflicts that happen in the story.
Do you have a favorite scene?
My favorite scene to write was the scene nearer to the second half where Sia and Yuzuko are alone and Yuzuko finds out that Sia is her grandmother.
What advice would you give a beginner?
You should just go and write it. Because at least one person will enjoy what you create, and that will make it worth it.
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