Interview with Teresa Orts, Author of The Year of the Great Seventh

The Year of the Great Seventh
by Teresa Orts
Publisher: Drayton Press
Release Date: July 6th, 2013

Sophie has always felt out of step — an outsider, even amongst friends in her high school with all the hype about celebrity culture. Her life in L.A. seems to have been already written for her, but when her junior year starts, it all takes a drastic turn. When she crosses paths with the school's heartthrob, Nate Werner, they fall for each other in a way neither can understand. What they don’t know is that by giving in to their desires, they are unlocking an ancient Egyptian prophecy that threatens to return Earth to the dark ages.

To undo the curse, Nate and Sophie embark on an adventure that takes them across the country. But their quest is not only to save the world as they know it. It is also a fight for their very survival. Behind the scenes, there are those that are counting on them to fail.


What inspired you to write The Year of the Great Seventh
The inspiration came out of nowhere. One night I started typing a short story, and the characters felt so real in my mind that I felt the urge to discover what was going to happen to them.

The Year of the Great Seventh features an ancient Egyptian prophecy and mythology. How much research was involved in writing the novel?
Before I wrote anything about Ancient Egypt, I decided to read all I could find about it on the Internet, but the most amazing part came when I walked into the Met in NYC and the story just fell into place among the exhibits of their Ancient Egypt section. I truly enjoyed the research part. Part of the prophecy is based on real Ancient Egypt facts, but some of them are pure fiction. I tried to stick to real facts as much as I possible.

It sounds like Nate and Sophie may have a budding romance as they go on this journey with each other. What do you prefer more: writing heart-pumping action or romantic encounters?
I don’t think they’re mutually exclusive. I like writing heart-pumping action with a romance twist.

Who was your favorite character to write?
I think Nate was my favorite character to write about, but he was also the most complex. I wanted to portray the fact that he seems to be at war with himself.  He is still at an age where he lives under his parents’ rules, but feels old enough to choose his destiny. He is trapped between the way he was raised and the way the wants to live his own life.

If you could compare Sophie to another YA main character from another novel, who is she most like?
I actually just spent half an hour looking through all the YA books I read lately, but I can’t find anyone like Sophie. She is quite unique, so I can’t think of any character who is like her.

If you could compare Nate to another YA character, who is he most like?
Same with Nate. I can’t think of any other character who’s like him. I wanted Nate and Sophie to be exposed to normal day teenager problems, even if there was a supernatural factor to them.

Are you currently working on anything else?
I’m working on the sequel of The Year of the Great Seventh. It’ll probably be out next summer.

Since Nawanda Files highlights books into movies news, what is your favorite movie that was adapted from a book?
I’m dying to see The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, but it won’t be out until August.

My thoughts: The Year of the Great Seventh looks like an amazing, original fantasy. And for anyone who hasn't realized, this book has INCREDIBLE early ratings on Goodreads. Out of a little over a hundred ratings, The Year of the Great Seventh has a 4.45 average. That's mostly 5-stars! Today is the release day, so a big Happy Book Birthday to Teresa and her debut ;)

About the Author

Teresa Orts studied economics and went on to work in the financial industry. She lives in London with her husband and son and this is her first novel. If you want to know more about her, please visit her website!

1 comment:

  1. Love the interview! It is so cool that she is excited for City of Bones!!