Thursday, December 17, 2015

Interview and Playlist The V Girl by Mya Robarts

1. What inspired you to become an author?

Honestly? Stephanie Meyer’s blog. She wrote a blog entry about her publishing process, and I thought, “If she could do it, I can, too.” I didn’t have a novel written back then, only a dozen unfinished projects, and I couldn’t focus enough to end a full-length novel to send to the agents. Three years later, I finally found the idea that would become The V Girl, and then I realized that I couldn’t approach agents like Meyer did. How many of them would admit a 106000 word NA book about mass rape? I almost gave up on the idea of publishing, but my early readers kept encouraging me to finish the story and publish it, and here I am.

2. What is your favorite genre to write?

Dystopian. There’s something about people facing a society that has lost its sense of morality that really inspires me to write intense scenes.

3. How did you come up with the title for your latest book?

Originally, it was going to be: “The virgin girl.” Someone told me that amazon sometimes censors books that have the word “virgin” in their title. So, I opted for “The V girl”, because that title includes a wink to Lila’s secret.

4 Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?

I want them to think more about consent, love, hope, and war. In my most recent update of the book, I included a discussion guide with plenty of questions.

5 Is the book, characters, or any scenes based on a true life experience, someone you know, or events in your own life?

Sadly, the book is based on hundreds of testimonies of women who were raped or made preparations to avoid rape during times of war. One of those testimonies included a very young girl and her mother trying to not look attractive, so the troops would spare them.

6 What are your upcoming projects?

I hope to publish, novels and novellas set in The V Girl world. “The beast” is a novel about a soldier and how the drugs affect him, “The V warrior” is about a virgin guy, “The honeymoon period” is an erotic romance. The novel that I’m writing right now is “V of Vassal”, about a girl who is recruited to serve the troops sexually.

I also have a contemporary romance, named provisionally, “My BFF’s brother” that I hope to publish soon.

7 Do you have to travel much to do research for your books?

I wish! I love travelling. There are a lot of non-fiction books about mass rape, which gave me inspiration to write the V girl, but I couldn’t travel to the places described. It’d be lovely to visit Bosnia-Herzegovina, Sierra Leona, Darfur, Germany, Italy, Ukrania, Georgia, Okinawa, Mongolia, and Nianking, the places where rape was used as a weapon of war and as a way to oppress people. Why? Aside from being beautiful places, it’d be a reminder of how the people of those countries found a way to survive. There’s always hope. There should always be hope.

8. Do you have a song or playlist that you think represents this book?

Yes. There’s a playlist in the kindle version. You’d be surprised that a lot of those songs are romantic or upbeat, even though the book covers dark topics. I think the song that represents the themes of the song better is Savages by Marina and the Diamonds.

Savages – Marina and the Diamonds

Lost stars – Keira Knightley’s version

The V Girl
Mya Robarts

Genre: Mature YA dystopia, Dystopian romance, NA dystopia,
Coming of age

Publisher: V press

Date of Publication: June 2015


Number of pages:370
Word Count: 106500

Cover Artist: Kitfoster

Book Description:

In post-apocalyptic North America, rape and sexual slavery are legal. Lila Velez, desperately wants to lose her virginity before the troops visit her town, and can take it away by force. She makes plans to seduce her only friend, Rey, the most attractive man in her town. Lila does not love him, but he is the only man who has shown her true affection, an affection she is willing to take as a substitute of love.

Lila’s coping mechanism to her mother’s violent attack is her secret. A secret that will bring her closer to Aleksey Fürst, a foreign, broody man that she distrusts because his links to the troops and his rough, yet irresistible appearance. He offers Lila an alternative to her plans, a possibility that terrifies her…and tempts her in spite of herself.

All the while Lila will have to find a way to live in the constant company of death, slavery, starvation, sexual abuse and the danger of losing the people she loves the most.

Due to strong language, violent scenes and sexual content, this book is not intended for readers under the age of 18.

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Excerpt 2
A young man, so tall and built that for a moment, I think he’s a Sasquatch, minus the fur. No one in Starville, not even Rey, is this burly. Strong muscles reveal years of military training and hint at the use of drugs that makes soldiers inhumanly tall and massive. Long, wet strands of blond hair run down his broad back, giving him a leonine look. The tattoos on his back tell me he has been in combat and deserves respect.
A soldier! He appears to be alone.
My stomach clenches in panic. Soldiers are sadistic giants and killing machines. The tonics they use to build muscle make them extremely dangerous, violent, and horny.
I lose sight of him for a moment. He emerges in a different spot where the water is deep. Sasquatch is so tall that the water stops at his waist while he’s standing. He must be at least seven feet tall and, without a doubt, the strongest soldier I’ve ever seen. When he moves, I can see his private areas. Every part of him is enormous.
The soldier doesn’t seem to be in attack mode. He’s inclined and rubbing foam around his massive torso.
The possibility of being discovered with no one to witness him abuse me makes my hair stand on end. I could wait for him to go, but what if they plan to camp here? I won’t wait for the coast to clear, risking discovery and a gang attack.
I force myself to remain focused. I suspect there’s a reason why he’s unbothered by the shots. If he’s not startled, whoever’s making the racket will likely take his side. Perhaps I should attack him while he’s naked. I’ve been practicing knife-throwing with my rebel group, but Sasquatch’s nakedness and relaxed behavior are deceiving. I’m armed while bathing, so he probably is too. And what if he alerts his companions? I don’t stand a chance, fighting against a trained unit of steroid-injected soldiers.
He’s blocking the safer spot to exit the river. There’s a gargantuan rock behind him that extends to not far from where I’m hiding. If I can climb it unseen, I could return to my clothes and escape. The only other option is to swim to the other side, where the current is too strong. At this moment, my only advantage is my knowledge of the hiding places along the river.
The soldier frequently submerges into the water, reemerging for several minutes at a time. My eyes open wide when I see that Sasquatch’s leonine face looks incredibly sad. Sadness isn’t an emotion I associate with soldiers.
When he rubs his face with foam and closes his eyes, I silently approach the giant rock. I put my foot on the base. It’s smooth and slippery. There are few places where I can hold on, but I manage to climb anyway.
When I’m almost at the top, I toss my knife over the rock to free my hands. From here, I see that the soldier is all by himself.
The higher I climb, the less visible I become to him.
Sasquatch is back under the water now and hasn’t resurfaced for a while. In spite of the danger, I gawk, impressed by his lung capacity.
He finally emerges, but I hide until he goes back under. I’m close to my goal when my feet become slippery traitors.
I fall into the water below me.
Butt first. Straight toward the soldier’s head.

About the Author:

Mya Robarts is a bookaholic who regrets nothing.

She spent years trying to become a contemporary dance choreographer. Eventually she realized that she enjoyed writing her stories rather than dancing to them.

Robarts is obsessed with books that present damaged characters, swoon-worthy guys, controversial topics and happy endings.

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Mya Robarts said...

Thanks for hosting and organizing the blogtour.