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Bethan Evans

Author of debut YA novel NECROPOLIS https://amzn.to/3ff7Ge4

MH advocate, and all round slightly random individual.

 

Tell us about yourself?

 I am a writer from the South of England and have always loved reading, as well as creating stories from a young age. I have dreamt of being an author for a long time, as well as having a passion for helping others.

My most recent book is my debut novel Necropolis  released by Wallace Publishing in February this year. It is a YA novel Wyn is a sixteen-year-old who has been brought up in the care of the Sisters, members of the religious community called The Old Collection. Between their lifestyle and the oppressions of society—which is trying to regain control through segmenting cities, bringing in a gender divide and restricting freedom—Wyn is desperate for adventure and excitement. Approaching the end of her education, Wyn is looking at her options, and the lack of opportunities fuels Wyn’s desire. After years of watching the soldiers in the city’s army training base, she decides that this is where her excitement could be and, with some persuasion, Wyn decides that somehow she needs to sign up. To do this she must deceive them all and prove herself in training; a lot of hard work ensues as she prepares to go undercover as a cadet in The Southern Company. Once in the Company, the hard work doesn’t stop. Wyn must work hard to maintain her cover whilst also trying to prove herself and create allies along the way. However, when new organisations get involved, the pressure and challenges faced by the cadets only increases, and things get more complicated. Can Wyn achieve her goal and prove societal oppression wrong, or will she crumble under the pressure?

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Are you working on something now? 

 I am currently working on the sequel to Necropolis - what will happen to Wyn, and the situation she has found herself in, as well as her comrades in The Southern Company and the other organisations. I am also working on a fantasy, based on a story I made up as a child, about magical creatures and where they fit into our current world - despite us being unable to see them.

 

Which six books will you take to to the Island?

The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter

As one of my childhood favourites that first started my love of books, it is a book that will forever hold an important place for me.

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The Little White Horse by Elizabeth Goudge

A book my mum loved as a child, and I read and loved myself. Not only is it a wonderful book for children and early teens, but was lovely to be able to share a passion for it with my mum.

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A Children's Treasury of Milligan by Spike Milligan

As a lover of Spike Milligan in general, I remember thoroughly enjoying this book as a child, and connecting with my dad over the humour of it. Plus, it would be useful to add a bit of variety to reading when on the island.

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City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

The first book in The Mortal Instruments series, a series that I always return to when I'm looking for something to read and haven't had the chance to get something new.

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Around the World in 80 Dishes by David Loftus

With the variety of recipes it would be useful to have a book to make the most of whatever food and cuisine I came across on the island, and having been an avid collector of cookbooks over the years it would be silly not to take one.

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A Piece of Cake by Cupcake Brown

A memoir that helped invigorate my interest in memoirs and autobiographies, as well as a fascinating journey through the life of an extremely resilient character.

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What disc will you choose?

Feeling Good by Muse

As a song on my positive, feel-good playlist it would give me a positive boost and inspiration, as well as Muse being a big part of my teen years so a connection with some great times and great people.

 

What is your luxury item?

I would have to choose my DSLR Camera as, alongside my writing, I also enjoy photography so would definitely want to make the most of the opportunity to photograph somewhere new - especially with the potential nature and animals to discover.

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Which fictional character will you meet?

Ooh now this is a tricky one, as so many characters I'd like to choose for so many reasons, but today I think I'll go for Mrs Potts from Beauty and the Beast... as I've always been a bit of a Disney nut and then at least I could guarantee I'd get a cup of tea whilst on the island!

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Thank you Bethan although I think you might have broken a few rules there :)

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