I’ve got the fun job of starting off the Extinction Trials tour! I’m delighted to introduce the first in SM Wilson’s new series with a Hunger Games meets Jurassic Park feel. It’s an action-packed, breathless adventure story about the fight for survival in a dystopian world where humans exist alongside dinosaurs. It’s so good!! So here goes . . . Welcome to the Extinction Trials!
Kate Ormand: Hi Susan! Can you tell us a little about what we can expect from A The Extinction Trials?
SM Wilson: You can expect a feisty, deep but lonely heroine, a hero who would do anything for his family, and a different kind of Earth with only two continents, one with humans and one with dinosaurs.
KO: What did you enjoy most about creating this world?
SMW: It has to be the dinosaur continent. I ignored all the encyclopaedias which dictated time periods and when dinosaurs existed and just threw all my favourites together!
KO: I love the cover! Can you give us a breakdown of how its striking design fits your story so well?
SMW: I love the cover so much too. We went through a number of covers until we found the perfect fit. It’s the elements of intrigue with a hint of creepy that I love so much. Where do you hide from the most dangerous predators on the planet?
KO: When researching, what did you particularly enjoy looking into?
SMW: I have shelves of dinosaur encyclopaedias. I also have some real in depth books about the T-rex. There’s something so nice about flicking through a dinosaur book and thinking ‘let’s pick a dinosaur to kill someone…..’
KO: And to wrap up can we end with a quote from the book?
SMW: The creature rose from nowhere, a dark-green flash, jaws wide apart, snarling, fast as lightning. All she could see were the inky fixed eyes and the scaly reptilian skin. There was no time to react – no time to do anything. The scream was lost in her throat as the boat upended, tossing Lincoln, Rune and Leif into the shallow waters.