Author Spotlight: Nina D’Aleo
Firstly, congratulations on your latest release, The White List.
The White List is a fantastic adventure/sci-fi novel centred on Chapter 11, an intelligence agency that officially doesn’t exist and operates above the law.
How did you come up with the concept of Chapter 11?
I’ve always been intrigued by the concept of secret agencies. It’s not a new concept, but I thought I’d like to put my own spin on it.
From a technical perspective, how do you take an idea for a sci-fi/fantasy world such as Chapter 11 from concept through to finished story?
It’s been a similar process of planning for all the three books. First the idea, then the planning – plot, world, characters, backstory – and then a rough draft or three goes down – one of those will go on to my agents and will come back with suggestions – and after a few more drafts it’s submitted to the publisher for consideration.
Within The White List, we learn of the mysterious Shaman syndrome, which endows certain people with abilities beyond their knowledge and control:
Was there a particular idea that sparked this concept for you?
I’ve always been fascinated by the concept of supernatural people living amongst us – I love Heroes and X-men, Superman and every other of the ten million other shows and books on the topic. It’s not new either, but it’s always cool and inspiring. Regarding Shaman Syndrome itself – When I came up with the idea, I’d been doing a fair bit of research into genetic anomalies in my other life/job and that fascinated me as well.
If you could choose your own super-power, what would it be?
Oooh hard questions – I think I’d love to fly – definitely.
How do you best describe your style of writing?
Awesome! Totally kidding 🙂 I like to write where the story takes me, and if that’s across genres then that’s cool too.
Is there a particular genre do you feel best suits your writing?
Sci-Fi/Fantasy – definitely – I’m not good with keeping to reality.
Is there something you’d like readers to know about your genre?
It’s the best 🙂 no really it is.
When you’re not writing, what do you read? Do you have a favourite genre and author?
I mostly read in the sci-fi/fantasy and crime genres, but if I know the author or if something catches my eye, I’ll definitely read across other genres as well. I’ve just finished reading Amanda Bridgeman’s Aurora: Pegasus – which was fantastic – loved it!
Given some of your very unique fantasy concepts, can I ask if you’re a conspiracy theorist and if so, hit me with your best theory!
Haha – oh man, where do I start! No, I’m not really a conspiracy theorist, but I really do love a good conspiracy.
What’s one thing that most people don’t know about you?
I never sleep. Ever.
What’s next for you?
Book 3 of the Demon War Chronicles is well and truly under way. Plus I’ve got a few (hundred) other ideas rattling around too.
The White List
Chapter 11 is watching you.
Silver is an intelligence operative working for an agency that doesn’t officially exist beyond any government and above the law. Chapter 11 is the kind of place a person can join but never leave. And it keeps a third of the world’s population under constant surveillance. At work. On the street. In their homes.
Why? Because of Shaman syndrome.
One in three people are born with Shaman syndrome, which endows them with abilities they cannot control and do not even know they have. It is Chapter 11′s responsibility to cap and surveil these walts as they are known to ensure their talents don’t turn ugly for the ordinary people around them.
After Silver’s partner, Dark, is seriously injured by a walt, Silver is driven to investigate. What starts as a routine investigation isn’t as clear-cut as it seems, especially when she discovers there’s a price on her head.
Chapter 11 might be watching the world, but it can’t see the division in its own ranks. Someone wants the white list the list of every known walt that Chapter 11 has capped but for what purpose? Silver needs to find out the secret behind Shaman syndrome, before it’s too late.