Say Hello to Anne Rasico
Anne Rasico (AKA Anne Joyce) was born in a small town in Indiana you’ve probably never heard of. She composed short stories and comic books as a child to amuse her family and began writing poetry at the age of thirteen. In 1998 she received an Honorable Mention for Literary Excellence for her poem "She Didn't Come Home."
In 2013 her novella “When the Chips Are Down” was named a Finalist in the MARSocial Author of the Year Contest. When she is not writing, thinking about writing, or going insane from writing. She enjoys camping, fishing, swimming, and otherwise spending time with loved ones. She is mother to three extremely spoiled cats.
TELL US ABOUT YOUR NEW BOOK.
Arid is set in the distant future where a group of wealthy moguls have dominated the world’s water supply to sell it back to the public at ridiculous prices. The water barons employ an army of brutes called Purifiers to instill order. When the crime rate soars, the Purifiers force everyone who can’t afford water out of town to live in squalor in the desert.
HOW DID YOU COME UP WITH THE TITLE FOR THIS BOOK?
I don’t really remember. It just seemed appropriate I think.
WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO WRITE THIS BOOK? IS IT PART OF A SERIES?
I was watching a video about the United States’ dwindling water supply and how lakes and rivers are being drained in the northern states without explanation. I started wondering what the world would be like if it were a conspiracy and my imagination took off from there. Arid could be a series, but I haven’t decided on it yet.
HOW MUCH OF YOUR BOOK IS BASED ON YOUR OWN EXPERIENCES OR THOSE OF SOMEONE YOU KNOW?
There are a few things I drew on from experience. I lived in Arizona for a short time so I thought a desert setting would be best for the story. I also worked in an automotive glass factory during my 20’s so that’s where the abandoned factory scene in chapters 15 through 18 came from.
WAS THERE A MESSAGE IN YOUR BOOK THAT YOU WERE TRYING TO CONVEY? Always exercise your rights as a citizen, no matter where you live. Be mindful of what’s happening around you politically and otherwise. If something doesn’t seem right, don’t just shrug it off.
IS THERE ANYTHING YOU WOULD CHANGE ABOUT YOUR BOOK?
I don’t think I would.
WHEN AND WHY DID YOU BEGIN WRITING?
I started writing poetry when I was thirteen. I wrote because I was bullied very badly. I lived near the school bullies, so I was constantly surrounded by people who wanted to kill me. Writing gave me the ability to channel it. I got into novel writing in my twenties and it was like a whole new world for me.
WHAT IS THE HARDEST LESSON YOU HAD TO LEARN AS A WRITER?
That book marketing is like shooting an arrow in the dark at a moving target. Sometimes you hit the bullseye and sometimes you miss it completely. If you don’t get it right the first time, it doesn’t mean there’s anything wrong with you or your work.
NOT INCLUDING FAMILY, WHO SUPPORTED YOUR EFFORTS TO BECOME A PUBLISHED AUTHOR?
My boyfriend, Jason.
WHO WAS YOUR FIRST PUBLISHER AND WHAT DID YOU LEARN FROM THEM? Solstice was my first publisher, so I learned what the professional publishing process was like in general. They’re the first writing professionals I’ve ever worked with, so they opened my eyes to a lot of things.
DO YOU HAVE ANY ADVICE FOR NEW WRITERS?
Network with other authors and help each other with promoting. We’re all in this together.
WHO ARE YOUR FAVORITE WRITERS?
Ray Bradbury, Veronica Roth, Stephen King.
WHAT ARE YOU READING NOW?
Fat Cat Spreads Out by Janet Cantrell
WHAT MAKES YOU CRY?
I’m not a crier so usually something devastating happening to myself or someone I care about.
IF YOU COULD MEET ANYONE WHO EVER LIVED, PAST OR PRESENT, WHO WOULD THAT BE?
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr
WHAT KIND OF MUSIC TOUCHES YOUR SOUL?
My favorite band is Everclear because I can relate to a lot of the topics they sing about.
WHAT DO YOU WANT WRITTEN ON YOUR HEADSTONE?
Our light that shines strong only lasts for so long.
By Anne Rasico aka Anne Joyce
When the water's all gone, what will you do to survive?
It's the distant future and the country is overtaken by wealthy moguls who dominate the water supply and sell it back to the public at ridiculous prices. After a drastic crime increase "indigents" who can't afford water are stripped of their belongings and forced out of town by an army of brutes called Purifiers.Life becomes harsh and ominous for the bright, ambitious Joshua Wyman and his group until they begin to occasionally receive food and other basic amenities from the Brutes.
When a blatant abuse of Purifier power during a routine visit leaves them reeling Joshua and his friends reach their breaking point. They devise a plan to steal the Purifiers' vehicle during their next visit and find a place where water is affordable. Their journey across the uncharted wastelands filled with murderers and thieves proves to be far more than this civilized, benevolent crew bargained for. Growing tensions within the nearby towns may cause the two worlds to collide, creating an epic storm.
When Brooklyn awakes from a two year coma, the world around her has changed like she never imagined. Everyone is now required to have a microchip implanted in their arm, but it's no ordinary microchip.
Her friends are convinced that the chip controls people's minds, as they've seen everyone's behavior become increasingly strange. While seeking refuge on a secluded farm with her friends, Brooklyn learns of a secret plot that will ultimately destroy the lives of many. She and her friends must act to expose the truth before it's too late.