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We have a new Q&A with Veronica Roth with great questions from Joesph-Beth to share.
In the world of Divergent people are divided up into five societies (factions) that each holds a different core value. It must have been hard to choose only five. Were there any factions that were considered but didn’t make the cut?
No, actually! In fact, I originally came up with only four—Abnegation, Dauntless, Erudite, and Amity—but the faction system is supposed to encompass a wide range of virtues, and I felt that one—honesty—was missing. Candor was my somewhat late addition.
Divergent takes place in a future Chicago. How did you decide to place your novel in a real setting vs. an entirely created world? Have there been pluses or minuses to having to stick within the geography of the city?
I originally didn’t plan for Divergent to take place in an actual city, but after the rough draft I discovered that I, as a writer, found it more compelling when it was grounded in a real place. That real place became Chicago when I realized that I had already described it, in the complex system of above-ground trains that always seem to be running, and the immense building that would become the Sears Tower in my manuscript. I haven’t found many minuses to sticking to a city’s geography. Sometimes I have to do research, but even that helps me to get to know the city that I have lived so close to all my life, which is a definite plus. I also give myself the freedom to step away from reality when I need to, because the book is set so far in the future that the city has changed a lot from modern Chicago, and that allows me some creative liberties.
You’ve mention on your blog that you’re in the “draft cave” working hard on D2. Where is your best cave? Are you a solitary apartment or social coffeehouse writer?
I am both! I would say that I divide my time evenly between writing in my apartment and writing in a coffee shop. Mostly I write in my apartment when it’s too cold or I don’t have large stretches of time to work, and in a coffee shop every other time.
Tell us more about your writing routine. Are you a fan or pen and paper or keyboard?
Keyboard only, unless I absolutely can’t take my computer with me. I have bad handwriting and my hand has trouble keeping up with my brain when it’s holding a pen.
Do you listen to music when you write? Is there a playlist that has kept you going?
Most of the time I do listen to music. What is most important for me, when choosing a song or a list of songs, is that the tone of the music matches the tone of what I am writing. The lyrics are somewhat less important, and the genre even less so. I wrote Divergent while listening to the album Memento Mori by Flyleaf. For Insurgent I have a more mixed playlist.
Listen to Veronica's DIVERGENT playlist here.
Photo credit Nelson Fitch.