Today I welcome NY Times Best Selling author Tosca Lee to Swirl and Thread. Tosca Lee has just released her latest dystopian novel, The Line Between, with Howard Books.
It is described as ‘a frighteningly believable thriller in which an extinct disease re-emerges from the melting Alaskan permafrost to cause madness in its victims..an apocalyptic race against time as the nation careens toward disaster.’
The Line Between has been optioned by Radar Pictures (Jumanji) and Edward Burns’ production company Marlboro Road Gang Productions.
Tosca has written a few words for us all today, so I do hope you enjoy.
[ Guest Post by Tosca Lee ]
“The first time I ever blurted out the words “I want to write a novel” I was home for spring break my freshman year in college (this is 1989 for those counting ;). I was telling my dad how I loved that a great book was like a roller coaster with its ups and downs, twists and turns. And then I blurted it out: I want to write a novel.
That day, my dad made me a deal: he’d pay me what I would have made working as a bank teller that summer, if I spent the summer writing that novel and treated it like a job.
It was a no brainer. (I was a horrible bank teller!) So I started my research, gathered my notes and that summer I set to work.
Two days in, I thought, “Wow, this is really hard!” I had no clue what I was doing. But I wrote through it, powered by a dream of seeing my books on a shelf one day, of afternoons spent on the phone with my agent or editor.
The dream didn’t go much further than that at the time. Neither did that manuscript, which rests in a crate somewhere in my basement like a skeleton.
Today, 30 years later as I finish my 12th to-be-published novel, the dream is different. I still want to build roller coasters, but the reason has changed. Because I’ve lost track of the readers who have told me, sometimes through tears, how important novels have been during trying times in their lives: during a difficult marriage, while caring for an ailing parent, in the midst of illness, recovery, or psychological challenges. When they couldn’t work, felt alone, or otherwise simply needed to escape, if only an hour at a time.
That was me, once, struggling through my first marriage. Dealing with OCD and anxiety. Needing to slip into someone else’s skin, if only for a while.
Today I don’t consider myself a novelist so much as a purveyor of bespoke, healthy escape—even if only from boredom. It’s a job I am humbly thankful to every reader for, every single day. Because I do it with the belief that we read—and write—not just to set real life aside for a time, make sense of the world, or to have fun (a pursuit I take seriously) but to know, ultimately, that we are not alone.
You may not know me, you may not have read my books. But I’m thinking of you today, as I work at my desk. And I am grateful.”
[ About the Book ]
In this frighteningly believable thriller from New York Times bestselling author Tosca Lee, an extinct disease re-emerges from the melting Alaskan permafrost to cause madness in its victims. For recent apocalyptic cult escapee Wynter Roth, it’s the end she’d always been told was coming.
When Wynter Roth is turned out of New Earth, a self-contained doomsday cult on the American prairie, she emerges into a world poised on the brink of madness as a mysterious outbreak of rapid early onset dementia spreads across the nation.
As Wynter struggles to start over in a world she’s been taught to regard as evil, she finds herself face-to-face with the apocalypse she’s feared all her life—until the night her sister shows up at her doorstep with a set of medical samples. That night, Wynter learns there’s something far more sinister at play and that these samples are key to understanding the disease.
Now, as the power grid fails and the nation descends into chaos, Wynter must find a way to get the samples to a lab in Colorado. Uncertain who to trust, she takes up with former military man Chase Miller, who has his own reasons for wanting to get close to the samples in her possession, and to Wynter herself.
Filled with action, conspiracy, romance, and questions of whom—and what—to believe, The Line Between is a high-octane story of survival and love in a world on the brink of madness
[ Bio ]
Tosca Lee is the award-winning, New York Times bestselling author of 10 novels including The Progeny, Firstborn, Iscariot, The Legend of Sheba, and The Books of Mortals series with New York Times bestselling author Ted Dekker.
Tosca received her B.A. in English and International Relations from Smith College.
A lifelong world adventure traveler, she lives in Nebraska with her husband and three children still at home.
To learn more about Tosca, please visit ToscaLee.com.
Twitter ~ @ToscaLee