The “Broken” series by by Lee Weatherly – “How it all started…” + #GIVEAWAY!

Hello everyone,

I thought the concept of this series was so unique as Dystopia go that I had to ask the author how she came up with it. I am so grateful that L.A Weatherly take the time to write back and tell us how it all started. I am happily able to share it all with you. And if you don’t pick up this book after reading this, I don’t know what will.

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The Broken series, set in an alternate 1940s America, loosely parallels World War Two. And so I needed for John Gunnison, my fictional dictator, to have a group of people to blame for society’s ills.

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But who? I wanted to stay away from things like religion, race and nationality. Then it hit me: there’s an unsubstantiated historical claim that Hitler was obsessed by the occult.

I decided Gunnison would be obsessed by astrology. Those with the β€˜wrong’ birth chart in his regime could be arrested and sent to a correction camp. It struck me as terrifyingly random – and a fascinating way to examine how a totalitarian regime might control its populace.

But astrology also has a comforting familiarity to me. My mother and sister were firm believers. As a young teenager, I read everything I could find about it. (I felt quite smug about being a sarcastic Scorpio, until I got hold of an ephemeris – a book of planetary charts – and realised I was merely an indecisive Libra born on the cusp. Sigh.)darknessf

Even with a greater-than-average knowledge of astrology, I had to do a lot of research to make the references in the Broken Trilogy feel accurate. Astrology is much more complex than most people realise. Ironically, I probably believe in it more than either of my heroines, Amity and Kay, who both think it’s bollocks. Also ironically, although astrology isn’t meant to be β€˜true’ in the story, I took care to give each of the characters charts that reflected their personalities. (Amity could only be Aries with Sagittarius rising!)

Is there anything to it? Personally, I don’t think that the stars decide our fates; we have free will. But I do think that the personality traits described by birth charts are often strangely accurate. Anyway, it’s fun to read up on!

Just don’t let Gunnison know if you have Virgo rising…

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Thank you Lee

You can follow Lee on Twitter atΒ @LA_Weatherly

If you fancy reading the “Broken Sky”, there is a competition for a giveway.

I am sure you will know what to do :).

 

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