The Conditioned, Book one
Thirty years ago, after the breakdown of an oil negotiation, the President of the United States decided that all people born with unusual abilities, which he would now refer to as “the condition”, would be locked away from the general public where they couldn't harm others. Parents and loved ones of these people, most of whom were children, were forced to turn them in upon penalty of death. Formed to keep the institutions secure, the Committee for the Protection of a Free Society now rules these institutions with an iron fist.
The granddaughter of one the Committee members, Addison Wade has lived her life wary of the institutions and all they represent. A woman of secrets, she is forced to turn to Safe Dawn, one of the facilities designed to hold conditioned people, when her nephew is kidnapped and, despite her best efforts, cannot be recovered. She knows the last thing anyone in 'Safe Dawn' will want to do is to help a Wade with any problems, but she is desperate and out of options.
Spencer Lewis is famous for being the premier conditioned ‘locator.’ There's no one he can't find and he has a soft spot for missing children. But, Spencer has been through a trauma and locating Jeremy Wade may be dangerous both to himself and to those around him. In addition, he takes one look at ice cold Addison Wade and wants nothing more than to knock her down a peg. Never having turned down an opportunity to help a child, he reluctantly agrees to help recover Jeremy.In a world where nothing is as it seems and every person they encounter has his own agenda, Addison and Spencer will find that the only people they can trust are each other. But how can anyone fall in love living in a world that wants you dead just for being born?
1. When did you begin writing?
I have been writing since I was a child. I’m not really sure what started me on the path. But, the first time I got interested in pursuing publication was when I was pregnant with my second son. We can blame the pregnancy hormones.
2. What made you want to write a story about the Conditioned?
Again, I’m never entirely certain where my ideas come from. I know it’s a frustrating answer. It doesn’t make sense. Gosh, Rebecca, how can you not know where your ideas come from? But I really don’t. I just had this idea one day about these people being locked away and what would happen that would eventually bring them out. Of course, it was also a love story.
3. With a rise in the Savant population, Could you foresee something like this happening in the future?
I don’t think we have a great history of accepting change well. So, yes. I could see something like this happening. If not this exact thing, something like it.
4. Can you tell us a little bit more about the Wades?
The Wades are a very powerful family. Oliver Wade is a powerful industrialist who has his hands in almost everything including the running of the Institutions. He does this by having a seat on the Committee, the organization who has been given the power by Congress to run and operate the Institutions.
He hates the Conditioned but he doesn’t mind using them to make money. His son and daughter-in-law were killed, leaving him with two granddaughters. One of them would later die as well. So left in the world is Oliver Wade, his granddaughter Addison, and his great-nephew Jeremy. They have no idea who Jeremy’s father is, which leaves Addison with the job of raising Jeremy. She loves him.
And then he goes missing.
After a time it becomes clear to her that the only person who can locate Jeremy is a Conditioned locater named Spencer Lewis. He’s famous for being able to find the un-findable.
But he has no interest in helping Wades.
Addison is a desperate woman who knows how to get what she wants.
5. In what time period is your book set?
Now, but an alternative now.
6. Was you influenced at all by X-Men?
Yes and No. I love the X-men but I wasn’t thinking of them, per se, when I wrote the book.
7. Any advice for writers about getting published?
Work hard and keep at it. Eventually when you match your work to the right publisher you will have success.
8. How long did it take you to become published?
It took a year between my first attempt to get published and actually getting published.
9. Do you have a Muse? sorry this is a fav question of mine.
Yes. And she is finicky. LOL
10. Do you listen to music while you write? If so, do you have a playlist?
I don’t usually but occasionally, when I am desperate for energy, I do. I don’t actually have a playlist.