We recently had Michelle Pickett on the CurvyWriter Radio Show to celebrate the release of her new Young Adult novel, PODs. She came back today today to answer some of the most Frequently Asked Questions about PODs. (You can listen to the show in the player at the bottom of the page if you haven’t already.)
***If you haven’t read PODs yet, there are a few SPOILERS below***
First I want to thank you for allowing me to hijack your blog today. I appreciate you letting me take over and talk a little about PODs and explain some areas in the story that readers have asked why I chose to write the way I did.
I’ll start with the most talked about event in the book—David breaking up with Eva. Yes, he dumps her. Yes, he sits and watches her every night. But take a step back and look at it from his eyes. He can’t be with her and he loves her enough to let her go so she can have a normal life. He didn’t want her to leave the village and he wasn’t going to be allowed inside. So he did the only thing he could think of to give her a chance at a life. But he couldn’t quite give her up. He risked his life travelling through zombie filled areas to see her each night because he needed to be with her, even if it was watching her silently from the shadows. Strange? Yeah, but isn’t love a little strange to begin with? Believe it or not, in his twisted way he was doing what he thought was best for her and even though she was in pain because of it, so was he. Listen to his song from that time in the story: “Can’t Let You Go” by Adam Lambert.
One question I’ve seen around the blogosphere is why I choose to create co-ed PODs. Well, there is a very simple answer to that. If all the main PODs were damaged, infected or the occupants were somehow killed, the remaining POD would have an equal number of male and female residents to “repopulate” the country. So each main POD and each sub-POD had an equal number of male and female occupants to give the best chance of an equal gender distribution when the PODs were unsealed. Had the PODs not been co-ed it would have been possible for all of one gender to be killed off.
Some readers have pointed out that the middle of the book’s pacing slowed down. The timeframe between the time in the PODs and the time Eva left the village was supposed to be slower—believe it or not I meant for it to be. I wanted people to read it and think, “This is it? She’s just living a normal life. What’s so exciting about this?” The answer is…nothing. There’s nothing exciting about a normal life and that was the point. It was a way of showing what Eva gave up to be with David. She gave up a safe, predictable, normal life to live with David in the Infected zone where she had to fight for survival daily. The slowdown was to emphasize the consequence of her choice.
Why so many make-out/sex scenes? Okay, I’ll be the first to admit—I suck at writing sex scenes. It’s uncomfortable for me to write them. So, there. I’ve said it. BUT, the number of sex scenes? Come on, they’re two good looking teenagers with hormones running their brains, emotions running on high, and thrown into a world they have no idea how to navigate. Number one, teenagers—sex. Number two, hormones—sex. Number three, high emotional situations and loss of family/friends—the need to connect with someone (sex). So, yeah. I think they’d be sexing it up.
And perhaps the biggest question of all: Where did the virus come from? Well, I’ll answer that question with a question. Where did the flu virus come from? Or Measles, Ebola, HIV? Sometimes we just don’t know. And that is part of PODs’s story—they didn’t know. And because they didn’t know, they couldn’t fight it. And when they couldn’t fight it, it began to win the war—killing faster than scientists had time to study and find a cure. And, I just want to address another question about the virus, it was named. It states in the book that people didn’t bother naming it. They called it “The Virus” (which is a name, like “the flu”), but scientists did name it—HHC6984.
Finally, here are some quick questions I’m asked a lot:
Don’t you think it was a little unbelievable that Tiffany had a baby with no pain medication? No. I have four kids and I didn’t have pain medication with any of them. And one was breech. Women have given birth for years without pain medication, or doctors for that matter.
Is there a sequel? Yes. It’s called “The Infected” and releases November 2014.
Is it a trilogy? No.
Will David and Eva be together in the sequel? I’m not…well, that’s one I’ll skip.
Will we find out where the virus comes from? See my answer above. I doubt it.
Will we see a lot of the same characters from PODs? Yes.
Thank you again for hosting me. I enjoyed addressing some of the issues and questions readers have mentioned. I hope it helps clear up any foggy areas in the story and shows the true intent of the characters and storyline. If you have a question about something in the book, please feel free to email me anytime!
I’m a wife, mother, author, reader, although not always in that order. I write young adult urban fantasies, science/fiction and paranormal romances and have recently started dabbling in young adult contemporary romance. Reading was one of my earliest passions, writing soon followed. I began writing seriously during college where I graduated Summa Cum Laude with a degree in accounting. Why I chose a career that frowns on creativity remains a mystery.
I’m addicted to Reese’s peanut butter cups and eat way too many while I write (I’m currently trying to kick this habit), have an abnormal obsession with hoodies and can’t write without one, and I hate to cook, but love to watch cooking shows on television. An unabashed romantic, I love a swoon-worthy ending that will give me butterflies for days.
I was born and raised in Flint, Michigan. I now reside in a small community outside Houston, Texas with my incredibly supportive, not to mention gorgeous, husband, three amazing school-aged children, a 125-pound lap dog, and an extremely snooty cat.
LISTEN TO THE SHOW:
BEA Wrap Up, lotsa books, and Guest: Michelle Pickett