Monday, March 31, 2014


Today I have a guest post from E.J. Andrews, 5 Things I learned Writing Enmity. 

Published by Harlequin Teen, releasing in April 2014. 

I shall be reviewing it soon.



Love vs Life.
Good vs Evil.
War vs Warfare.

Which would you choose?

After a solar flare wipes out most of the world’s inhabitants, it leaves behind nothing but a desolate earth and a desperate population. Existence is no longer a certainty. And with factions now fighting for the power to rule, people start to become reckless with their lives. The world has become a dangerous place.

Amongst the ensuing chaos, Nate and Hermia — two victims of the new world order — are taken against their will to The Compound. Joined by eight other teenagers all chosen for a specific reason, Nate and Hermia are forced to train as assassins to overthrow the current president and make way for a new leader of the free world. Here, they learn to plan, fight, and most importantly... to survive.

Except, despite the casual cruelty of their new existence, both Nate and Hermia — two very strong but very different people — begin to form fragile bonds within the group. But they soon realize their happiness is short lived...because their training is just the beginning.

A war awaits...regardless of how ready or willing they may be.

5 Things I Learned Writing Enmity 

1. It is hard work getting a book ready for publication!

From structural edits to copy edits to approving the edits that your editor has edited – I definitely have a new found respect for everyone in the business of book publishing.

2. To remember why I started writing this story in the first place

Sometimes you get a little caught up in the madness of it all and forget why it is you wanted to tell this story and what you wanted your readers to take from it. I ended up having to take a step back and look at the bigger picture after Enmity was brought back for a second round of editing, but it made me realize that I had lost my way with what I had originally wanted to show the reader.

3. It made me see my own world differently

I am hoping that this may be one of the things that the reader takes from the book, but I also learnt some things about my own world from the writing process. Mostly, that everything could all change in an instant. A solar flare could come along and destroy everything, so it’s best to conquer the moment! 

4. Writing is always going to be the best way for me to release my internal pressures, and making something positive from those feelings is the best thing to do with them

I have a very high level of anxiety in my day to day life and writing is like therapy for me. Enmity was written in the midst of a very black cloud that I have lived under for a large portion of my life, but getting those thoughts and feelings down on the page – through the experiences of my characters – helped me come to terms with the things in my life I cannot change.

5. Spell check isn’t always right!

That’s right, I’m talking to you little squiggly red, blue and green lines! Yep, I have to deal with all of them and I am a TERRIBLE speller! I always rely on my actual dictionary to be sure I am spelling something correctly, as sometimes spell check cannot decipher what I am trying to say.


E.J. Andrews was raised in a small town on the west coast of New Zealand by a gold miner with a fascination for guns and a nurse with an obsession with dragons.

Growing up, E.J. constantly felt that she needed to write down the vivid thoughts going around her head, but it wasn’t until her aunt gave her John Marsden’s Tomorrow series to read that her writing bloomed and her interest in books became a full-blown fixation.

At the age of eighteen she decided to live with her sister in Brisbane, Australia, where she found a job working at a boat club on the beautiful Moreton Bay. In between split shifts and while others her age were out enjoying their adolescence, E.J. was writing well into the early hours, trying to get down those ever-present ideas of a not-so-bright future.

E.J. now lives on the Redcliffe peninsula with her partner and their cat Senga.

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