Today Trish Moran answers a few questions and tells us about her book Mirror Image.
If you could only read one more book before reading became illegal what would it be and why?
What a difficult decision! I’d have to choose one to make me laugh to try to cheer myself up about a bookless world! I’d choose Nick Hornby’s How to be Good. It’s funny and tragic at the same time. What exactly makes a good person, or a bad person? But I would not settle for a bookless world; I’d either join or set up an illegal reading group!
If you could be a character in any book, who would it be?
David Walliam’s Gangsta Granny! Looking so sweet and boring while she’s actually a successful international jewel thief!
What is the title of the book that you are going to tell us about?
How did you come up with the title?
It’s the first book in the Clones series. A clone is a Mirror Image of someone. A singer that supports the self-named Labs in the story, people created in a laboratory as opposed to the Non-Labs, composes a song called Mirror Image to promote their quest for equality with ‘Non-Labs’.
Where did the idea for this book come from?
I wanted to create a group of people who felt isolated from others and decided on a group of young clones who escape from a medical centre where they have been created as spare body parts for those who could afford it. I wanted to explore the issues that would arise, the mistrust and suspicions that would arise on both sides as the Labs sought equality and later to integrate into ‘normal’ society.
Which character in this book is your favourite and why?
Stella, later named Ruby. Coming from a poor background, she is bullied at school. When her grandmother dies, she is left with no-one who cares for her. She meets up with the Labs and identifies with their feeling of isolation. As she helps them to fit into normal life and supports them in their quest, she slowly becomes much more confident in herself. There is always a vulnerable side to her which makes it easy for her to empathise with others who are struggling to find their own worth.
Where can we buy the book?
Amazon and all good bookshops.
How can your readers keep in touch with you?
I have a blog at www.trishmoranblog.com where I interview readers and writers of YA and other fiction.
Thank you so much for stopping by, come back again soon.
Great to talk to you; thank you for having me!