SCHEDULE for NEMESIS and GENESIS
Across the valley, Noah just wants to be like everyone else. But he’s not. Nightmares of murder and death plague him, though he does his best to hide the signs. But when the world around him begins to spiral toward panic and destruction, Noah discovers that people have been lying to him his whole life. Everything changes in an eye blink.
For the planet has a bigger problem. The Anvil, an enormous asteroid threatening all life on Earth, leaves little room for two troubled teens. Yet on her sixteenth birthday, as she cowers in her bedroom, hoping not to die for the fifth time, Min has had enough. She vows to discover what is happening in Fire Lake and uncovers a lifetime of lies: a vast conspiracy involving the sixty-four students of her sophomore class, one that may be even more sinister than the murders.
Interview Questions – Brendan Reichs
1) Where did you come up with the idea to write Nemesis?
I originally came up with the idea for the Project Nemesis series while watching the movie Highlander, which, if you haven’t seen it, is one of the truly great bad action movies of the 1980s. I thought the premise was amazing, and could work well as a YA novel, but it needed a lot of changes. So the movie inspired a line of thought that led to Nemesis, although in a definitely roundabout way. The story ended up being almost nothing like Highlander, but the core became the basis for the second book in the series, Genesis, which releases March 6, 2018. I realized when originally mapping the story out that I had too much material in mind, and that there was a whole book that should come before my initial inspiration. That became Nemesis, and suddenly everything fell into place.
2) What was the hardest scene to write and the most enjoyable?
My main characters, Min and Noah, undergo multiple deaths in this book. Every two years, on their shared birthday, a mysterious man in black hunts them down and murders them in cold blood. Except they don’t die like normal people, but instead wake up hours later in the woods, about a mile from their respective homes, without a scratch on them. It’s hard enough to kill your characters once, but I take the reader back to experience all of their deaths, even at young ages. These scenes became very hard to write. I did not enjoy putting Min through that, for example, but I wanted the reader to fully understand the horrors she’s experienced, so they’ll get why she’s willing to risk so much to uncover the conspiracy around her. In Genesis, its’s more of the same. I’ve been brutal to these characters, and that often didn’t feel great. But I feel it all serves a purpose to the story.
3) How much does your writing process differ from co-writing to working on your own projects?
Well, I get to make the final calls all the time now, so that’s nice! But seriously, I really enjoyed co-authoring the Virals series with my mother, Kathy Reichs, and exploring the Bones universe, and I’m currently co-writing a new middle grade series with Ally Condie called The Darkdeep, which I’m insanely excited about. So writing with a partner is something I’m very familiar with and enjoy. The main negative of solo writing is that you don’t have that other person there to run things by and test your story at every stage. But every writer likes being totally in charge of a creative vision, and writing Nemesis was everything I could’ve hoped for in a “debut.” I just hope the fans are ready for Genesis.
4) Is there any movies, television shows or music that help inspire you while writing Project Nemesis?
I mentioned Highlander, but I was also heavily influenced by The Matrix, Orphan Black, and The 100, to name a few things. I don’t usually listen to anything while I write—I’m a dead silence kind of drafter—but I do like conspiracy movies, and the worse they are, the more I like them. I enjoy twisting and surprising above all else, and that’s what Nemesis is about. It almost feels like four crazy books baked into one, and the story all happens fast. Most people read it in one or two sittings, tops.
5) Can you tell us somethings about Nemesis that is not in the synopsis, without spoilers?
A specific part of the country is destroyed early on in Nemesis, and I want my readers to know that the event is based on real research that absolutely terrified me. Readers will have to read the story to find out the where and what I’m referring to—you said no spoilers!—but when you get to it, know that the disasters that occur are grounded in scientific fact and a true threat that currently exists. In fact, all the threats in Nemesis have a basis in fact—that’s right, all—and many don’t know that. I will say no more for now!
6) What can we expect next from you? Do you want to write in any other genres?
I’m currently writing a THIRD book in the Project Nemesis series—you heard it here: there will be a Book 3! I’m also writing a middle grade series with the illustrious Ally Condie called The Darkdeep, which will release this fall on October 2, 2018. It’s about a group of friends in the Pacific Northwest, who uncover a dark secret lurking in the waters near their hometown. I’d love to write more stand-alone thrillers in the future, and I think I will try my hand at an epic fantasy series, too. So I plan on spreading out and trying lots of new things. Hopefully, my readers will come along with me!
Chips or Cookies?
Chips, and it’s not even close. I’d trade a sleeve of cookies for a single good chip.
Tea or Coffee?
Coffee. Lots of coffee. Tea seems so unsatisfying.
Print or E-Reader?
Print. I do enjoy my Kindle, but I like my wall of books better.
Introvert or Extrovert?
Extrovert, to an annoying degree. I talk literally all the time.
Noah Livingston knows he is destined to survive.
The 64 members of Fire Lake’s sophomore class are trapped in a place where morals have no meaning and zero rules apply. But Noah’s deaths have trained him-hardened him-to lead the strongest into the future … whatever that may be. And at any cost.
Min Wilder knows that survival alone isn’t enough.
In a violent world where brute force passes for leadership, it’s tempting to lay back and let everyone else battle it out. But Min’s instincts rebel against allowing others to decide who lives and who dies. She’s ready to fight for what she believes in. And against whomever might stand in her way.