#MeetTheNewbs ~ Mikaela Everett Author of The Unquiet (Guest Post+Giveaway)

Meet The Newbies is a blog event co-hosted by Dana @DanaSquare and I, in which we introduce you to all of the new kids in school, the 2015 debut authors!

Meet Mikaela Everett:

Mikaela Everett has lived all over the world, from Africa to Australia, and now lives in Alberta, Canada. She graduated from university in 2011, with a degree in biological sciences. This is her first book.

Meet Her Debut Novel:

For most of her life, Lirael has been training to kill—and replace—a duplicate version of herself on a parallel Earth. She is the perfect sleeper-soldier. But she’s beginning to suspect she is not a good person. 

The two Earths are identical in almost every way. Two copies of every city, every building, even every person. But the people from the second Earth know something their duplicates do not—two versions of the same thing cannot exist. They—and their whole planet—are slowly disappearing. Lira has been trained mercilessly since childhood to learn everything she can about her duplicate, to be a ruthless sleeper-assassin who kills that other Lirael and steps seamlessly into her life.

An intricate, literary stand-alone from an astonishing new voice, The Unquiet takes us deep inside the psyche of a strong teenage heroine struggling with what she has been raised to be and who she really is. Fans of eerily futuristic and beautifully crafted stories such as Never Let Me Go, Orphan Black, and Fringe will find themselves haunted by this unsettling debut.

Mikaela's book sounds so cool!! And it says it's like Orphan Black?? YES PLEASE.


To start things off: describe your book in five words or less.

A coming-of-age assassin story.

What’s your favorite part of being a debut author?

Getting to experience everything for the very first time—getting my edit letter, seeing my cover, and holding a copy of my ARC were all such surreal experiences! Hopefully there will be many covers and many ARCs and many edit letters, but each first milestone has been really special and a dream-come-true for this girl who has dreamed of being an author for many years now.

What was your favorite thing about the first day of a new school year?

New notebooks to fill up with things not school-related. I was totally that kid scribbling in the margins of Physics notebooks about things that were, let’s just say, not so scientific. I also loved that leathery brand-new smell: a new backpack, a new pencil case with something dorky on the outside, new markers. Sneakers that squeaked across the floor with every step. I guess I liked the promise and newness of every September!

What inspired your high-concept science fiction novel?

So many things—my love of history, of parallel/duplicate/alternate worlds in science fiction, and of stories that seem quite calm at first until you scratch past the surface. I remember having a slightly morbid conversation with a writer friend a few years back about the worst way a character could die. For me it was a death where no one missed them because no one ever even knew they were gone, not even their family. This ended up being a key part of The Unquiet.

Was The Unquiet always meant to be a standalone? How did you manage to fit an entire story arc with such a complex idea into one book?

Yes, it was! I was so lucky to have a story that was almost completely formed in my mind by the time I started writing it. I didn’t really limit myself in terms of my word count. I just wrote what I thought was important. Lucky for me (and my editor) my first drafts are quite sparse, so even after edits we didn’t end up with anything LOTR-sized.

If your main character had a twitter, what would their most used hashtag be? 

It would have to be a secret account but I imagine she would use any one of these:
 #doilooklikeher #liesthatwillsavemylife #onlyoneofus

What tv shows do you watch?

So many! Current favorites are Game of Thrones, Outlander, The Walking Dead, The Good Wife, and I recently discovered (*cough* binge-watched) a few Spanish television series that I can’t even pronounce. 

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  1. I have a copy of this book from Edelweiss and I am now super excited to read it! Great interview.

  2. This book sounds so intriguing! I definitely need to check it out. Great post :)

  3. You had me at coming of age assassin story. Great post! I can't wait to read this. :D

  4. I haven't heard of this one but I love the fact that it is a "coming of age assassin story"!!

  5. I have this one from EW and I read part of it and then put it to the side for more recent ones. But it is SO SO SO good! I wasn't aware that The Unquiet was meant to be a stand alone. I think I just assume now a days that a book has to be part of a series.

  6. I am so beyond excited to read this! I have it from Edel but also just got a print from Harper and I love the cover esp the people in the trees! Can't wait to finally get to it!!

  7. IT sounds SO good. I'm really excited to tread this one *squeals* I know I'll love it, and it sounds really intriguing. Thanks for the giveaway, Rachel <3

    Nirvana @ Quenching the Quill

  8. Well this sounds interesting. Thanks for sharing.

  9. This book sounds super interesting! I really like that it's a standalone, too.
    Thanks for the interview and giveaway, ladies! And congrats Mikaela Everett on your debut!

  10. Thanks for the giveaway! I want to read this book so much!

  11. That's an intriguing synopsis. I was wondering won't there be other people from the other Earth. How can they learn to kill and still behave as their replacement ? Ah so many questions, it makes me curious. Thank you for the giveaway!


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