Q&A: Krista McGee (Anomaly)
Krista McGee's new book Anomaly (Thomas Nelson) takes place in a futuristic world that has been marred by nuclear war. Krista took a moment to share with FamilyFiction about this project, her inspiration, and why she likes writing for teens.
Q: This book takes place in an alternate world. Can you tell us a bit about it?
Anomaly is set in the future - 40 years after the world has been decimated by nuclear war. The only survivors of that war were "The Ten" - scientists who had been building a self-sustaining underground compound years before the final destruction. They determined to create a "new world" where people are free of emotions and beliefs. These things, they believe, cause wars to start. They want a people who are productive and peaceful, and that is what, at the beginning of this novel, they have worked to create.
Q: Your main character is unique because she possesses emotions. How hard was it to write a book about a race of people void of emotion?
It is hard to fathom a whole civilization of "robots" who don't question anything, don't believe anything, don't even hope for anything. Even with my protagonist, Thalli, who does feel things, she lives in a world where that is abnormal. She has to constantly guard herself so what is inside - the pain, love, fear, curiosity - isn't visible to those around her.
Q: Where did you find inspiration for this book?
I love the classic dystopian books, Brave New World and 1984, and I've always read those thinking, "What if this kind of novel were told from a distinctly Christian worldview?" My ideas for this story stemmed from the answer to that question.
Q: Why do you like writing for teens?
I have worked with teens for over a decade, as a youth leader and as a high school English teacher. My desire is to see the young people I work with understand how much God loves them and to love Him wholeheartedly in return. My writing is an extension of that ministry and that desire.
Q: What do you think readers will enjoy about this book?
My daughter (14) is a huge fan of the Hunger Games and Matched trilogies. She is currently reading Anomaly. I asked her what she thought about it so far, and she said what she likes is that it isn't primarily about love triangles or battles, but about truth. I hope there are other readers like Emma who are looking for a faith-filled dystopian story.